SoCal Policy Forum (SPF) is a partnership of Southern California News Group and the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside, in collaboration with a range of leaders and institutions across Southern California. SPF is a platform that regularly convenes policy experts in Southern California on timely issues that can better engage and inform the larger public.

 

SoCal Policy Forum Live

In addition to our regular online and print features, we also convene regular in-person forums across Southern California, with expert opinion that is grounded in evidence and experience. We held our first forum in Pasadena on October 17, 2019, focusing on housing and homelessness. The Pasadena Star News covered the event; more information and photos provided below.

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Westerbeck Hall, Pasadena City College
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 

Co-sponsored by the City of Pasadena and Pasadena City College

 

Welcoming remarks: Mayor Terry Tornek, City of Pasadena
Alex Boekelheide, Pasadena City College

Panelists: Kome Ajise, Executive Director, Southern CA Association of Governments
William Huang, Director of Housing, City of Pasadena,
Gary Painter, Professor, University of Southern California
Michelle White, Pasadena Tenants Union
Karthick Ramakrishnan, Professor, UC Riverside (moderator)

Reactors: Samantha Gowen and Susan Shelley, Southern California News Group

 

Forum on Poverty

We held our second forum in Orange County on January 30, 2020, focusing on poverty and economic equity.

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Westerbeck Hall, Pasadena City College
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 

Co-sponsored by OC Grantmakers

 

Welcoming remarks by OC Grantmakers 
Taryn Palumbo, Executive Director and
Jason Lacsamana, Advisory Board Chair
 
Moderated Panel 
(Moderator) Todd Harmonson, Senior Editor
Orange County Register
 
Lucy Dunn, President & CEO
Orange County Business Council
 
Mary Anne Foo, Executive Director
Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
 
Shelley Hoss, President & CEO
Orange County Community Foundation
 
Joel Kotkin, Presidential Fellow
Urban Futures at Chapman University

Climate Change: Navigating the challenges of a perpetual fire season
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Zoom Webinar
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Watch here

We held our third forum on April 8, 2021, focusing on climate change and its effects on California’s fire season

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Zoom Webinar
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Watch here

Welcome Remarks & Moderators 
Karthick Ramakrishnan, Director
Center for Social Innovation

Frank Pine, Executive Editor
Southern California News Group

Keynote Speaker
Wade Crowfoot, Secretary
California Natural Resource Agency

Moderated Panel
Dr. Michael J. Gollner, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
UC Berkeley

Senator Anthony Portantino
California Senate District #25

Tracy Hernandez, CEO
Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)