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Posts Tagged ‘Dan Walters’

From the Newsroom to the State Room

Over the past few years, three reporters – Nancy Vogel, formerly of the LA Times and Sacramento Bee; Dorothy Korber, of the Bee; and John Hill, also of the Bee – have migrated to Sacramento’s Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes. There, they still dig deep into the good and bad of state government affairs, but for a much different kind of readership.

Their most vocal critic has been Dan Walters, a columnist who remained at the Bee. And coming to the defense of the trio of ex-journalists’ in today’s excellent in-depth article at Stateline.org is Mark Martin, a former San Francisco Chronicle reporter who now works for an overarching oversight committee. It’s enough to make you reach for a journo-to-politico flow chart.

“The Oversight Office has very talented journalists who did some terrific work when they were working for newspapers,” Walters says. “They do produce stuff, but it’s basically staff type of stuff, and doesn’t come up to what I know they’re capable of doing. It doesn’t seem to be generating anything that really is of big significance.”

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Symposium: Rebooting California

Full disclosure: we like anything that’s called “symposium.”

REBOOTING CALIFORNIA: a symposium

Be better equipped to cover California Politics – enjoy a full day of informative panels at Loyola Law School on Friday, September 24th. Experts explore how to fix what’s wrong with the Golden State.

Again California finds itself in paralysis: No budget. A divided legislature. Initiative measures that cost taxpayers millions.
The Los Angeles Press Club is proud to co-sponsor a free, Loyola Law School all-day symposium that seeks answers: “Rebooting California: Initiatives, Conventions & Government Reform.”

Panelists are also expected to explore a possible constitutional convention.

Participants include Robert Hertzberg, Shiela Kuehl, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Raphael Sonenshein and former Gov. Gray Davis. Moderastors include KCRW’s Warren Olney, Sacramento Bee’s Dan Walters and NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates

Loyola Law School, this Fri. Sept. 24, 9a-5:45pm. FREE.

Go here for more info.