100th Anniversary Celebration of California’s Initiative & Referendum

On Monday, October 10, 2011 Citizens in Charge Foundation will join with Californians from all over the state to celebrate the 100th Anniversary Celebration of California’s Initiative & Referendum Process. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP to Amanda@CitizensInCharge.org is required for registration.

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This event is taking place thanks to the support of sponsors:

California Forward: www.CAFWD.org

Citizens in Charge Foundation: www.CitizensInChargeFoundation.org

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation:


And co-sponsors:

Arno Political Consultants: www.apcusa.com

Ballotpedia: www.Ballotpedia.org

Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership:


The Federalist Society of Sacramento: http://sacfederalist.org   

The Humane Society of the United States: www.humanesociety.org

National Voter Outreach: www.directdemocracy.com

New America Foundation: http://newamerica.net

XS Energy: www.XSblast.com

When: Monday, October 10, 2011 from 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Where: Sheraton Grand Hotel
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA

10:00 am – 10:25 am Opening Remarks: A Look Back at California in 1911

Joe Mathews, New America Foundation, Los Angeles Times

10:30 - 11:45 am PANEL DISCUSSION: The Impact of a Century of Voter Initiatives

Moderator: Jude Barry, Verafirma

Jonathan Coupal, president, Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association
Harvey Rosenfield, founder, Consumer Watchdog
Jennifer Fearing, senior state director, The Humane Society of the United States

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm LUNCH DEBATE QUESTION: Is California’s Initiative Process the Problem or the Solution?

Moderator: Bettina Inclan, Steve Poizner for Governor 2010, bi-lingual communications strategist

It’s the Problem >>>

Peter Schrag, retired editor and columnist for the Sacramento Bee
Michael Salerno, clinical professor of law, University of California Hastings College of the Law

It’s the Solution >>>

Derek Cressman, regional director of state operations, Common Cause
Paul Jacob, president, Citizens in Charge Foundation

1:45 pm – 3:30 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Reforming the Superhighway of Reform

Moderator: Jon Fleischman, Flash Report

Robert Stern, president, Center for Governmental Studies
Lenny Mendonca, national governing board, Common Cause, and board of California Forward
Dane Waters, The Humane Society of the United States

Kim Alexander, founder, California Voter Foundation
Sen. Doug LaMalfa (R)
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D)*
Senator Ellen Corbett (D)*

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: The Next 100 Years

Moderator: TBA

Dr. David McCuan, professor, Sonoma State & author, “Initiative-Centered Politics: The New Politics of Direct Democracy”
Michael Marubio, Verafirma
Michael Arno, president, Arno Political Consultants

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm RECEPTION Hosted by Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco: Celebrating the 100-year Anniversary of California’s Direct Democratic Process


Julius F. Anderegg, Consul General of Switzerland in San Francisco

Gov. Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown*

John Fund, Wall Street Journal columnist

Joe Trippi, Democratic strategist*


*Invited but not confirmed.


For Media Inquiries Please Contact Amanda Kathryn Roman in our California Office at (530) 470-9294.