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2016 Summit of Possibilities

The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA, in partnership with, The California Community Foundation

Invite you to the

Summit of Possibilities: People, Community and Progress

Please join us for an historic presentation about the current strengths of Southeast Los Angeles. The event will feature a recently released report describing the Central 710 Corridor’s economic and community assets.

Following the presentation of the report by Beacon Economics, a panel of local civic leaders and experts will share their impressions of the report’s implications, and generate an open dialogue with the audience.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Embassy Suites

8425 Firestone Blvd., Downey, CA 90241


Complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. This event is open to the public. Feel free to share with your colleagues. Seating is limited.

Please RSVP to [email protected]


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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 was 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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Post- Debate Coverage

Los Angeles Wave

Harris, Sanchez share views in race for U.S. Senate
McKenzie Jackson, October 13, 2016

University Times

Historic Senate Debate Hosted at Cal State LA (yes, Sanchez dabbed)
Ani Nalbandian, October 10, 2016

Los Angeles Times

Capitol Journal: Few are paying attention to California’s Senate contest – because it may be putting them to sleep
George Skelton, October 10, 2016

Los Angeles Times

Why did Loretta Sanchez ‘dab’ at the debate? Her makeup artist’s daughter told her to, her campaign says
Phil Willon, October 7, 2017

Santa Monica Observer

U.S. Senate Race: Sanchez and Harris Face off in First and Only Debate
Observer Staff, October 7, 2016

The Christian Science Monitor

On display at California Senate debate: future of Democratic Party
Jessica Mendoza, October 6, 2016

World Journal

Harris and Sanchez Debate
Zhang Yue, October 6, 2016

La Opinión

Harris y Sánchez se atacan una a la otra en la lucha por llegar al Senado
Araceli Martínez Ortega, October 6, 2016

Los Angeles Sentinel

U.S. Senate Debate Draws Distinctions
Xavier Higgs, October 6, 2016

NBC-Channel 2

California Senate candidate gets buzz with ‘debate dab’
October 6, 2016

The Huffington Post

Loretta Sanchez Did The Dab In The California Senate Debate, For Some Reason
Igor Bobic, October 6, 2016


Feinstein, Boxer back front-runner Harris in high-profile California Senate contest
Carla Marinucci, October 6, 2016

AirTalk 89.3KPCC

What we learned from California’s one and only US Senate debate
Larry Mantle, John Meyers, Marisa Lagos, October 6, 2016

Billings Gazette (Associated Press)

Harris, Sanchez Clash In Lone Senate Debate
Micheal Blood, October 6, 2016

The Mercury News

Harris, Sanchez clash in California US Senate debate
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Rep. Loretta Sancez dabbed (yes, dabbed) at U.S. Senate debate
Luis Gomez, October 6, 2016

The Sacramento Bee

Loretta Sanchez makes some moves, takes some hits in U.S. Senate debate with Kamala Harris
Christopher Cadelago, October 6, 2016


US Senate candidates spar in debate over who can best lead
Sandra Oshiro, October 6, 2016

Los Angeles Times

Buttressed by the support of top Democrats, Kamala Harris shores up her lead after U.S. Senate debate.
Phil Willon, October 6, 2016

Los Angeles Times

Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez trade jabs over who will work harder in the Senate – Oh, and Sanchez dabs
John Myers, October 5, 2016

KTLA-Channel 5

Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez Trade Jabs in Debate for US Senate
Kacey Montoya, October 5, 2016

Los Angeles Times

Loretta Sanchez dabbed. Kamala Harris threw shade
Christine Mai-Duc, October 5, 2016


Yes, a U.S. Senate Candidate Dabbed at the California Debate
Julia Zorthian, October 5, 2016


A U.S. Senate Candidate Just Dabbed At The End Of A Debate
Meg Anderson, October 5, 2016


Harris, Sanchez Class In California’s Lone US Senate Debate
October 5, 2016


Senate Candidates Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez Class In Only Debate
Elex Michaelson, October 5, 2016

The Orange County Register

Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez clash in U.S. Senate Debate
Martin Wisckol, October 5, 2016

Pre-Debate Coverage

Los Angeles Times

What to expect from tonight’s U.S. Senate Debate
Phil Willon, October 5, 2016

LA Observed

LA Observed notes: Trump’s taxes and Vin’s final game
Kevin Roderick, October 3, 2016

I Agree to See

What You Need to Know About the California U.S. Senate Debate
Agree Staff, October 3, 2016


Dueling Dems in Top Two Battles
Carla Marinucci, October 3, 2016

The Christian Science Monitor

Why California’s ‘snoozer’ Senate election is actually important
Jessica Mendoza, September 30, 2016

Daily News

California poll: Clinton’s lead grows over Trump, Senate race tightens slightly
Martin Wisckol, September 29, 2016


AirTalk election 2016: the debate ahead and a look at the CA congressional races that are heating up
AirTalk, September 26, 2016

Los Angeles Times

No debating the silence in California’s U.S. Senate Race
Phil Willon, September 20, 2016

New York Times

A Real Snooze of a Senate Race
Mike McPhate, September 9, 2016

Mercury News

Harris and Sanchez to debate in Los Angeles
Matthew Artz, September 7, 2016

Sacramento Bee

Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez agree to one Senate debate
Christopher Cadelago, September 7, 2016

Los Angeles Times

Clash over the number of Senate debates continues, but candidates agree on at least one
Phil Willon, September 7, 2016

Los Angeles Times

Loretta Sanchez makes counteroffer in heated negotiations over California Senate debates
Phil Willon, September 6, 2016


U.S. Senate Candidates Can’t Agree On Debate Schedule
Amita Sharma, September 5, 2016


Kamala Vs Loretta: The Worst Debate In History
Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine, October 6, 2016

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View The U.S. Senate Debate

You can watch the debate at Cal State LA’s YouTube Channel

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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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Loretta Sanchez

I am proud to endorse #NoOn57 proposition. Victims matter too. #CALSenDebate16

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Cal State L.A. University Times on last week's #CALSenDebate16. We had tremendous student support!...

#CALSenDebate16 pls be smart and vote for Kamala Harris. Sanchez is a nutjob

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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 the recording of the inaugural event (below), and share your thoughts using #SpeakersLecture.

Photos by David Ng
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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?”