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August 29, 2000

12th Envisioning California Conference:
California and E-Democracy

E-commerce gets most of the attention, but information age innovations that began here in the Golden State are seeping into much of California life - reshaping democracy, shaking up the education system and altering our worldview.

Experts, elected officials and corporate representatives who confront these changes every day will gather Sept. 21-22 for the 12th Annual Envisioning California Conference, presented by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

The conference is titled "E-Democracy, Education and Initiatives: The Future of the California Republic." It will be held at the State Capitol building, with an opening dinner and reception at the Golden State Museum.

Panels will explore such topics as "Dot.coms, Cyber Communities and Wired Government," "Can the Internet Stimulate Voting and Interest in Politics?" and "Legislatures in the Electronic Future."

There will be keynote talks by Magda Escobar and Martina A. Hone. Escobar is the executive director of Plugged In Enterprises, a community technology center in East Palo Alto that teaches teenagers to create websites for community members and paying clients, including Pacific Bell, OICW and Sun Microsystems. Hone is vice president of public policy for PowerUP, a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping young people succeed in the digital age. PowerUP provides opportunities based on the mentorship mission of America's Promise, the national crusade led by General Colin Powell.

Others who will take part in panels include: CSUS President Donald R. Gerth; David Spence, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer of the CSU system; author and former Sacramento Bee political editor Peter Schrag; Giselle Acevedo-Franco, director of corporate relations for MediaOne; Tracy Westen, chair of; Kim Alexander, executive director of the California Voter Foundation; Alfie Charles from the Office of the Secretary of State; Linda Fowells, senior managing director of Community Partners, State Senator Ray Haynes (R-Riverside) and Assembly Member Roderick Wright (D-Los Angeles).

The conference will end with a town hall meeting, "How Can We Build Bridges?"

Tickets, which include meals, are $75 for both days, $50 for just Friday and $25 both days for students. Admission to panels only is free. Tickets and more information are available by contacting the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 21 - Golden State Museum

5:30 - 7 p.m.

Dinner and Keynote Speaker
Magda Escobar, Executive Director, Plugged In Enterprises

Friday, Sept. 22 - State Capitol

8:30 - 9 a.m.
Opening Remarks

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions: "Dot.coms, Cyber Communities, and Wired Government: The E-Future of California" and "Electoral Disinterest: Can the Internet Stimulate Voting and Interest in Politics?"

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions: "Master Plan for the 21st Century: Higher Education and Public Policy" and "Unorthodox Communities: Mapping the Real California"

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Luncheon and Keynote Speaker

Martina Hone, Vice President of Public Policy, PowerUP

2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions: "The Great California Experiment: Heterogeneous Populations and Homogeneous Electorates" and "A Republic or a Democracy: Legislatures in the Electronic Future"

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Plenary and Town Hall Meeting
"How Can We Build Bridges?"

6 - 8 p.m.

Reception at the Senator Hotel


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