John C. Livingston Annual Faculty Lecture Award

Edward L. (Ted) Lascher, Jr., Professor And Chair, Department Of Public Policy And Administration

PPA Professor Ted Lascher is the recipient of the John C. Livingston Annual Faculty Lecture Award, 2016-2017. On Monday, February 20, 2017, Ted Lascher delivered the prestigious annual Livingston lecture. His lecture, entitled “Curbing the Inclination toward Populist Reform (And Why You Should Appreciate the Faculty Senate)”, addresses populist reform.

Flyer for the February 20 event

The Livingston Lecture Committee

California Housing Forum

Professor Rob Wassmer participated in the California Housing Forum's second panel on October 5, 2016.

The second panel of the California Housing Forum addressed "Barriers to new housing in California. What makes California a unique place to build? What are the challenges to new construction in California cities and how might we learn from other states?"
" Brian Augusta, Legislative Advocate for California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
" Liam Dillon, Politics and Policy Reporter for the Los Angeles Times
" Meea Kang, President of Domus Development
" Robert Wassmer, Professor of Urban Public Policy at Sacramento State University
" Marina Wiant, Policy Director for the California Housing Consortium

photo of Rob Wassmer on panel

another photo of Rob Wassmer on panel

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Roundtable

Photo of Su Jin Jez 

Late in spring 2016, Associate Professor Su Jin Jez was a discussant at a research symposium at the
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Topic: “Opening Roundtable: Why Does Wealth Vary among College Graduates?”

Open Roundtable

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KCRA AdWatch

PPA Professors Charles Gossett and Mary Kirlin and Government Professor Kim Nalder weigh in on KCRA's AdWatch.

What's Possible: Reinventing Government

A forum on transforming culture in the public sector to produce better outcomes. Co-produced by Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni, California Forward, the League of California Cities, and ASPA-Sacramento.

Speakers included Ted Gaebler, City Manager of Rancho Cordova, Patrick Blacklock, Administrator of Yolo County, Brad Kilger, City Manager of Benicia, and John Mercer, author of the federal Government Performance and Results Act signed into law by President Clinton. Moderated by Dr. Mary Kirlin, Professor of Public Policy at the Sacramento State Department of Public Policy and Administration.

ASI's Civic Engagement Alumni Forum

This April 18, 2013 event included participation from Eric Guerra (MPPA 2007) and other members from the Hornets Politics and Policy Alumni Group. Go to to view the original.

What's Possible: New Ideas For Our Fiscal Path Forward

What's Possible: New Ideas for Our Fiscal Path Forward on Vimeo.

Sacramento State University’s Hornets Policy and Politics alumni chapter joined with California Forward to host a panel discussion on December 5, 2012 with experts to explore new policy approaches and highlight what’s possible in today’s fiscal climate.
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Video from ASI featuring PPA Event