USC Creates Civil Discourse After Elections

USC Creates Civil Discourse After Elections


The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, the USC Office of State Government Relations and the USC College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in November presented a panel discussion in Sacramento titled “A Transition of Governance in a Time of Crisis.”

The event, the fifth and last in a series on “Civil Discourse on the California 2010 Elections,” drew more than 100 attendees to the USC State Capital Center.

Paul Kurzman, a senior fellow at the Milken Institute and author of Common Purpose, a book of interviews with prominent leaders, spoke first. Dan Schnur, a USC professor and chair of the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission, moderated a panel discussion along with Torey Van Oot, a political reporter for the Sacramento Bee.

Panelists included Cliff Allenby, fiscal policy adviser for the nonprofit reform group California Forward; Tim Gage, SPPD adjunct faculty who served as director of finance during the Gray Davis administration; Christian Osmena, a USC master of public administration student who served as a deputy cabinet secretary for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; and Charlene Wear Simmons, an SPPD adjunct faculty member who served as director of the California Research Bureau.