The Claremont Institute'sCalifornia PublicPolicy Conference will be held at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, California, on Saturday, December 5, 2009.You will hear candid discussions ofstate and local government policies—how they impact us and whatwe can expect in the future. Invited panelists include officials of both parties, distinguished academics, and policy analysts.
Keynote speaker:Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts
Featured speaker:Joel Kotkin, Presidential Scholar in Urban Futures at Chapman University; best-selling author
Special guest: Bill Bennett, former Secretary of Education; Washington Fellow;radio and television pundit; best-selling author
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Schedule: 8:30AM to 3:15 PM (lunch included; coffee at 8:00 AM)
Location: Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, California.
Hotel phone: (949)759-0808
Tickets are $60 per person.Ticket price includes lunch and refreshments and isnot tax-deductible.Parking is not included. We will send you a receipt and acknowledgement upon registration.SOLD OUT.
Draft Agenda (subject to change)
Emcee: Thomas A. Fuentes, Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute
8:00-8:30 am - Coffee Reception
8:30 am - Welcoming Remarks
Brian T. Kennedy, President of the Claremont Institute
8:40 am - Introduction
Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr.
Counselor to the Golden State Center for State and Local Government
8:45-9:15 am - Talk: The Failure of "Progressive" Politics
Joel Kotkin, Distinguished Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University; best selling author
9:30-10:15 am - Panel One: The Budget Crisis
Moderator: Patrick Collins, Director, Claremont Institute's Golden State Center
- Diane Harkey, Assemblywoman; Vice-Chair, Housing and Community Development
- Michelle Steel, Board of Equalization Member
- William Voegeli, Contibuting Editor, Claremont Review of Books; Visiting Scholar Claremont McKenna College
10:30-11:00 am - The Future of Education in California
William J. Bennett, Former Secretary of Education; Claremont Institute Washington Fellow; host of the nationally syndicated radio show, Bill Bennett's Morning in America
11:15-12:00noon - Panel Two: Pension Reform
Moderator: Keith Carlson, Treasurer, California Republican Party
- Pat Bates, Board Chair Supervisor, Fifth District, County of Orange
- Jack Dean, Vice President, California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility
- Steven Greenhut, Director of Investigative Journalism and News Bureau, Pacific Research Institute
12:00-12:30 noon - Reception
12:30-2:20 pm - Luncheonand Keynote Address
Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts
2:30-3:15 pm - California at the Crossroads: A Discussion of the Future of California
Moderator: Charles R. Kesler, Editor of the Claremont Review of Books
Discussant: Tom Campbell, Presidential Fellow and 2010 Fletcher Jones Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Chapman University
"The Claremont Institute is a nonpartisan organization, recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Claremont Institute does not endorse any candidate for political office. The opinions of speakers at our events are their own and shall not be construed as necessarily reflecting the views of the Claremont Institute. None of the Claremont Institute's writings or events should be construed as an attempt to aid or hinder the passage of any proposition or any bill before the state legislature or the United States Congress or as an attempt to aid the election of any public official."