As part of its Public Policy Education Program, the Institute sponsors high profile events about issues of concern to the diverse communities of Los Angeles.

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The 2016 U.S. Senate Debate

In 2016, our debate partnership was selected to conduct the only debate for the California U.S. Senate, on October 5th at Cal State LA. This time, our League partner is the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.

Debate Co-Sponsors

US Senate Debate Logo Banner 3ABC7 Los Angeles is the most-watched television station in Southern California. The leader in HD programming, Eyewitness News is the first television station in Southern California to broadcast news in high-definition. ABC7, KABC-TV, is also the first local television station in the United States to surpass 1 million Facebook followers. ABC7 is the West Coast flagship of the ABC television network. Read more about the station’s history.


The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund conducts voter service and civic education activities. It is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonpartisan non-profit educational organization, which:

  • Builds participation in the democratic process.

  • Studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.

  • Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management. Read more

The Pat Brown Institute and Cal State LA

Pat Brown Institute Mission: Promoting civic and community engagement for an inclusive and informed public policy. Read more

California State University, Los Angeles has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation. Building on the strengths of this rich diversity, our University prepares students for success in advanced studies, in their careers, and throughout their lives. California State University, Los Angeles graduates constitute a major leadership force in Greater Los Angeles, a microcosm of the global society. Read more

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View The U.S. Senate Debate

You can watch the live broadcast on ABC7, Wednesday, October 5th, from 7 to 8 p.m., or live stream at You can also join the Cal State LA community at the official Watch Party, Oct. 5th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Golden Eagle Ballroom at Cal State LA. Contact the Pat Brown Institute for more information, and let us know if you’re having a watch party! You can reach our Communications Coordinator, Nicole Hernandez, [email protected]

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History of the Pat Brown Institute’s Debate Program

In Collaboration with ABC7 and the League of Women Voters

In 2013, the Pat Brown Institute joined forces with ABC-7 and the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles to conduct candidate debates.

The candidates and emcee during the ABC-TV mayoral debate in the Student Union theater on the CSULA campus Monday 18 February 2013.

We began with the 2013 Los Angeles Mayoral Primary Debate among Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry, and Emmanuel Pleitez. In May, we hosted the L.A. City Mayoral Run-Off Debate between Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel.

LAC Supervisor Debate 2014

2014: The Los Angeles County District 3 Supervisor Debate between Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver.

LACD14 Debate 2015

2015: The Los Angeles City Council District 14 Primary Election Debate among Mario Chavez, Nadine Momoyo Diaz, José Huizar, and Gloria Molina.

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Thank you, @KamalaHarris & @Loretta2016 for agreeing to the @PBI @ABC7 @cavotes Senate Debate at #CalStateLA on Oct 5 #CALSenDebate16

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Get your question for the U.S.Senate Debate in by close of business today: #CALSenDebate16

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CA Dem Candidates #ussenate @KamalaHarris @LorettaSanchez, #Ivotetoendhunger What will you do to #endhunger? @bread4theworld #CalSenDebate16

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One more day to get us your question for @KamalaHarris & @Loretta2016 for the #CALSenDebate16:

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League Co-Sponsors Only U.S. Senate Debate w/ @PBI Submit Your Questions

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ATTN Journalists: Attend only scheduled debate for California’s U.S. Senate seat on Oct. 5. RSVP: #CALSenDebate16

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Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs in partnership with the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State University hosted the inaugural event of the Speaker’s Lecture Series, at Cal State LA, on September 8, 2016. The lecture featured Speaker Anthony Rendon, and is a way for legislative leadership to engage with students and the broader academic community about critical current issues.

Watch a recording of the inaugural event of the Speaker’s Lecture Series, and share your thoughts using #SpeakersLecture.

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“This series is squarely in line with the Center for California Studies’ mission, which is to bridge academia and government in the service of democratic governance in California. This series will facilitate conversations between legislative leadership and the state’s largest university system.”Center for California Studies

The Pat Brown Institute and Center for California Studies are frequent collaborators. Our most recent partnership was last year’s conference on higher education in California titled, The Road Ahead for Higher Ed: Time for a New Master Plan? Or New Model?”

PBI – Cal State LA Poll Public Briefing June 29, 2016

The Asian American poll, conducted in collaboration with Advancing Justice – LA, surveyed 1,608 Asian American registered voters in Los Angeles County, and included significant numbers of Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans and Filipino Americans. The survey reveals major differences between younger and older Asian American voters on social issues and partisanship.

For Download:

Asian American Poll Questionnaire

Asian American Poll Program

Asian American Poll Powerpoint

Asian American Poll Press Release

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Media Coverage

Survey Shows Differences Among Asian American Voters, Voice of America

Young Asian Americans are becoming more keen politically, World Journal Chinese Daily News

Poll: Asian voting in L.A. elections, Korea Times

Asian American Poll Release, Sing Tao Daily LA

Two Surveys Paint Picture of Asian American Voters, AsAmNews

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