An ever-escalating battle with Washington, hot legislative issues such as housing and unfunded pension liability, new state leadership on the horizon and the far-reaching impact of the “Time’s Up” movement – the political landscape in California is as complex as ever.
With the June 5 primary results hot off the press, our panelists will provide a behind-the-scenes look at election outcomes, key policies before the legislature and the changing political culture in Sacramento.
Cassandra Pye, 3.14 Communications
Pye is a political and public affairs strategist with more than 30 years of insider insight into the state capitol. Before founding 3.14, Pye served as deputy chief of staff to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, vice president of the California Chamber of Commerce and in leadership roles with corporations and trade associations including CA Retailers Association and CA Grocers Association. She is also president of the nonpartisan California Women Lead, supporting women in politics.
John Myers, Los Angeles Times
For more than two decades, Myers has covered statehouse policy and politics, helping to explain what is happening in Sacramento to Californians and the nation. Now the Los Angeles Times’ Sacramento bureau chief, Myers has a diverse background in broadcast, print and multi-platform news and is often cited as one of the most influential journalists in California politics.
Amy Brown, DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler LLC
Brown has been called one of Sacramento’s top voices on retirement and pension issues by Capitol Weekly, which also named her to its Top 100 list of movers and shakers. Before partnering in the influential lobbying firm DBHK, Brown was a legislative representative for the California League of Cities, advocating for cities across the state on workers comp, public retirement, labor relations and other issues.
Sam Blakeslee, Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy | Moderator
After eight years as a state legislator, Blakeslee founded the Cal Poly-based institute in 2012 to bring technology solutions to key state policy issues, earning him the title of Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2015. In 2016, he successfully co-sponsored Prop 54 to increase transparency in Sacramento. Blakeslee serves on the boards of California Common Cause and the CA Economic Mobility Collaborative.