Influencers Opinion

Who are 2019’s California Influencers and what can you expect from them?

For the second year, The Sacramento Bee, The Fresno Bee, The Modesto Bee, The Tribune of San Luis Obispo and the Merced Sun-Star will put a sharp focus on the policy challenges that most affect our community and our future.

You’ve told us that on everything from access to education to housing affordability to healthcare, you want deeper insight into potential solutions public officials can pursue.

»» Meet the 2019 California Influencers

To deliver this, we are launching an important and continuing conversation between you and the leaders and influencers in our state — the California Influencers Series.

Today, 100 influential Californians will open discussion with you. They’ll highlight important issues and engage in a thoughtful conversation about solutions our government and our communities can pursue together.

Our Influencers include University of California President Janet Napolitano, California State University Chancellor Tim White, former State Senate President Kevin de León and former Congressman Tom Campbell, as well as an array of policy experts, political leaders and elected officials.

They represent all parts of the Golden State. Some are large employers and some represent employees. Some are academic leaders and some are community organizers. They include leaders in underserved communities as well as people who have dedicated their careers to public service in our state, including legislators and members of the Newsom administration.

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You are a crucial part of this conversation. We want to know what issues are most important to you this year. We will use your guidance to set the course of the conversation through the end of the year, as we survey the Influencers and bring them together for live public events in Sacramento, Fresno and Modesto to discuss solutions to the challenges you identify.

This is an important year in California, as a new governor and a host of new and old lawmakers develop policies and laws that affect you. And as our state figures prominently in the run up to the 2020 election, we hope you will join us in keeping the conversation focused on the policy issues that matter most.

Stay in the know: Sign up for the California Influencers newsletter here - and tell us what you think.

Lauren Gustus is the editor of The Sacramento Bee and McClatchy’s regional editor for California, Washington and Idaho.