The California Influencer Series

Watch the California Priorities Summit — and share your #Advice4Gavin

At the California Priorities Summit, The Sacramento Bee and McClatchy brought together Californians committed to finding solutions to the critical policy issues facing our state. Friday’s summit included special guests, interviews and discussion of real solutions.

We started the conversation by asking “what the heck happened?” during the election, and then we dived into state priorities — from education to jobs to housing and more.

We want to hear from you. The main event may be over, but we still want to know: What’s your advice for Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom? Tweet it using the hashtag #Advice4Gavin:

Here’s the event lineup, as featured in the video:

Part 1: What the heck just happened? What 2018 means for 2019 and 2020

  • Moderator: Amy Chance, political editor, The Sacramento Bee

  • Guests:
  • Kristin Olsen, Supervisor, Stanislaus County & Former Republican Assembly Leader

  • Chad Peace, Founder & President, IVC Media

  • Amanda Renteria, Board Member, Emerge America

  • Mindy Romero, Founder & Director, USC California Civic Engagement Project

Part 2: Priority: Housing/Transportation

  • Moderator: Tony Bizjak, transportation reporter, The Sacramento Bee
  • Guests:
  • Chair Housing/Transport | Karthick Ramakrishnan, Director, Center for Social Innovation at the University of California, Riverside

  • Eric Bauman, Chair, California Democratic Party

  • Kathryn Phillips, Director, Sierra Club California

  • Angie Wei, Chief of Staff, California Labor Federation

  • Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council

Part 3: Priority: Education, Jobs/Economy, Environment/Energy

  • Moderator: Dan Schnur, director, California Influencer Series

  • Guests:
  • Chair Education | Dorothy Rothrock, President, CA Manufacturers & Technology Association

  • Chair Education | Michele Siqueiros, President, Campaign for College Opportunity

  • Chair Jobs/Economy |Mike Madrid, Principal, Grassroots Lab

  • Chair Enviro/Energy | Jim Newton, Lecturer of Public Policy, UCLA

Part 4: Gearing Up For Governor

  • Moderator: Lauren Gustus, Sacamento Bee editor and Mcclatchy West region editor
  • Guest:
  • Gray Davis, Governor of California, 1999-2003

Part 5: Getting Stuff Done: How the New Governor Makes Change Happen

  • Moderator: Dan Smith, Capitol Bureau Chief, Sacramento Bee
  • Guests:
  • Intro: Diana Dooley, Chief of Staff, Governor Jerry Brown

  • Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

  • Catherine Lew, Principal & Co-Founder The Lew Edwards Group

  • Roger Salazar, President, Alza Strategies

  • Cassandra Pye, President, CA Women Lead and Founder & CEO, 3.14 Communications

The event was held at The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for The Arts. Additional event information can be found at

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