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September 4, 2001

13th California Conference -
Energy and 'Our Year of Disconnect'

California Conference LogoPolitical insiders, energy sector strategists, academics and others will meet for a two-day retrospective on California's energy crisis at the 13th annual Envisioning California Conference, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4 - 5 at Sacramento's Sheraton Grand Hotel.

The conference is sponsored by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento and the Sacramento Center of the University of Southern California's School of Policy, Planning and Development.

This year's theme is "Our Year of Disconnect - The Politics of Power in California."

The featured speaker will be Joseph P. Kennedy II, chairman and president of Citizens Energy Corporation in Boston, who will speak at the Oct. 5 luncheon at the Sterling Hotel. The conference kicks off with a keynote presentation by Jim Glassman, Arianna Huffington, Matthew Miller and Robert Scheer, hosts of public radio's "Left, Right and Center."

Among more than two dozen other speakers will be S. David Freeman from Gov. Gray Davis' office, State Senator Debra Bowen and California State Librarian Kevin Starr.

Sessions will focus on the lessons learned from the state's energy problems, as well as lessons that may have been missed and what is yet to be learned by California and the rest of the country.

Early registration (postmarked by Sept. 21) is $75 and general registration is $100, with other pricing options available for certain events. Student registration for panels only is free, and $40 for panels and meals.

More information is available by contacting the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906 or visiting Additional media assistance is available by contacting public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 4

6:30 - 9 p.m.
Reception, dinner, keynote presentation
Jim Glassman, Arianna Huffington, Matthew Miller and Robert Scheer - hosts of public radio's "Left, Right and Center," KCRW, Santa Monica

Friday, Oct. 5

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Panel: The Rise, Fall and Future of Alternative Energy in California
Panel: The Human Face of the Energy Crisis

10:45 - 12:15 p.m.
Panel: Dick Cheney Versus Hiram Johnson: Utility Regulation in Texas and California
Panel: Stop the Presses: A Roundtable on the Media's Role in the Energy Crisis

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Address: Joseph P. Kennedy II, chairman and president of Citizens Energy Corporation in Boston
Held at Sterling Hotel, 1300 H Street, Sacramento

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Panel: Public vs. Private: Who Should Own Utilities?
Panel: The Octopus Revisited: Themes of Power in California Art and Literature

3:45 - 5:30 p.m.
Plenary Session: Lessons From our Year of Disconnect: A Roundtable on California's Utility Deregulation Crisis

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Reception and entertainment by the Default Trio


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