Keynote Speakers Announced for California: Are we Back?

Duf Sundheim, former Chair of the California Republican Party and John Burton, Chair of the California Democratic Party will serve as speakers during the conference’s keynote session. Titled What’s Next for California Politics?, the two party chairmen will discuss where the state is headed politically. The conversation will be moderated by News10’s John Myers.


Duf Sundeim

John Burton

John Burton


Cal-in-Sac and Speaker Perez

On Wednesday, California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez paid a visit to the the Cal-in-Sacramento class.

Watch Now! The Annual Review of the Presidency


Earlier in the week, our Annual Review of the Presidency took place. A stellar group of panelists engaged in a thought-provoking debate, touching on everything from Obama’s campaign organization, to Romney’s candidacy and the likelihood of a Hillary Clinton run in 2016.Though the house was packed, we know some who wanted to attend were unable to do so. The video has just gone live on YouTube, so check it out:

Annual Review of the Presidency Follow Up

Thanks to all who attended Four More Years: Obama’s Re-Election and the Prospects for a Second Term! A packed house was treated to a lively discussion about the 2012 election and the future of President Obama’s tenure.

Panelists l-r: Tammy Frisby, Jennifer Granholm, Mark Barabak, Lynn Vavreck and moderator Ethan Rarick

Panelists l-r: Tammy Frisby, Jennifer Granholm, Mark Barabak, Lynn Vavreck and moderator Ethan Rarick

Another Hello from D.C.

We received an update from our other Washington Fellow, Alana Baum. Alana is interning at OtherWords with the Institute for Policy Studies.

Washington Fellows 2013. Austin Bergstrom (middle) and Alana Baum (right)

Washington Fellows 2013. Austin Bergstrom (middle) and Alana Baum (right)

“Everything in DC is going great! The weather is finally warming up, which is very exciting. I’m really enjoying my internship and my classes. I’ve got great mentors and friends at work and wonderful peers in my classes at UCDC. The time is really flying by.

The UCDC center is in such a great location too, there’s never a shortage of things to do nearby.

Again, thanks so much for all of your help at the Matsui center for making this possible for me. I really appreciate it. And let me know if there’s anything I can do for you all!”

California: Are We Back?

The California State Capitol building in Sacra...

The California State Capitol building in Sacramento. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Interested in the state of the state? Join us in Sacramento on April 26, for California: Are We Back? a daylong conference to reflect on the state’s rocky few years, as well as look at its future. Three panels of experts will address issues ranging from California’s fiscal outlook, to political reform and the makeup of the electorate. Register today!

News from a Washington Fellow

Austin Bergstrom

Austin Bergstrom

Just got this update from one of our Washington Fellows, Austin Bergstrom, who is interning at the National Archives, Boeing Student Learning Center.

“Things are going great here, DC is an amazing city. I can’t believe how fast the time is going, there is just so much to do (I still feel like a tourist)! I love being at the Archives, the staff have given me a lot of responsibilities and opportunities for hands on experience in both the museum and with school groups/activities. I’m still kind of amazed every day when I walk in to the building.”

The Matsui Center Washington Fellowship provides financial support and other assistance for Cal students participating in the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC).