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California: Dysfunction, Disinvestment, Disenchantment and the Prospects for Reform

Saving California Communities will host Journalist Peter Schrag. Peter Schrag, a former editorial page editor and columnist of the Sacramento Bee, will be offering his perspective on recent efforts to reform state government on Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second Street in Davis. The event is hosted by Saving California Communities and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Davis. It is free and open to the public.


In his long career in journalism, Schrag has taken on some big issues affecting the state, including immigration, globalization, and the impact of California's politics on its quality of life.  He is the author of many books, including California: America’s High Stakes Experiment and most recently, Not Fit for Our Society: Nativism, Eugenics, Immigration. The Avid Reader will provide copies for signing at the event.

At the talk, Schrag will focus on one of the most important issues facing the state right now - government reform.  In the past half-century, California has been both a model and an "anti-model" for the nation and often the world. It has been a model for its high level of government and public services(schools, universities, highways), yet, more recently, an anti-model for its dysfunctional government and the deterioration of those services.

Saving California Communities, is a group of Davis community members who have joined forces to advocate for permanent structural reform at the state level.  This group brings together county, city and school elected representatives, educators, parents, students, city commissioners, health professionals, university and community college representatives, senior citizens, government employees and business owners.

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