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2017 Pat Brown Institute’s 36th Annual Dinner

Our Institute’s motto is “Unleashing the Power of Participation.” Engaging people in the civic enterprise is not just about making voting easier. While better voting procedures certainly help, it is also about inspiration, about demonstrating and celebrating the times when community attention and public leadership join to make change. It is inspiration – making the impossible into a practical reality – that will bring young people on board. 

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See highlights from the Pat Brown Institute’s 35th Annual Dinner:

“California Shows The Way: Leadership and Innovation in the Face of Climate Change”

The Pat Brown Institute’s 35th Annual Dinner, “California Shows The Way: Leadership and Innovation in the Face of Climate Change,” took place on April 21st, 2016 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles. This year, the Institute is delighted to have honored CA Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, and David Gelber and Joel Bach, co-creators and Executive Producers of the National Geographic docu-series Years of Living Dangerously, for their efforts to respond to the crisis caused by climate change.


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2016 Annual Policy Conference

On November 17th, 2016, the Pat Brown Institute held its 23rd Annual Conference, “Election 2016: What On Earth Happened?”.


2016 Annual Conference Program

2016 Annual Conference Sponsor Form

2016 Annual Conference Flyer

2016 Annual Conference Registration Link 

2016 Annual Conference Media Advisory 

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2016 Annual Conference Media Coverage

University Times
What on earth happened in the election?

Anthony Karambelas, November 21, 2016

World Journal

Reflection on the inaccuracy of the election polls

Ding Shu, November 18, 2016

Azteca America

Negatividad y abstinencia al voto dio rumbo a las Elecciones de EE.UU

María Elecna García Villalobos, November 17, 2016

New Tang Dynasty Television.

Ethnic divisions after the US presidential election? Current events and the future of the California. 

Annie Wang, November 17, 2016



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Main Speaker

Alex Padilla

Alex Padilla was sworn in as California Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. He is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and strengthening voting rights.

Padilla previously served in the California State Senate (2006-2014) where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications. As chair, he shepherded legislation to combat climate change and create a greener and more sustainable economy.  He pursued an ambitious agenda in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, and broadband deployment.

Padilla’s parents emigrated from Mexico and raised their family in the working class community of Pacoima, California.  His father worked as a short order cook and his mother cleaned houses.  Padilla attended local public schools and went on to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He recently completed a five-year term as a member of the MIT Corporation (Board of Trustees).  Padilla is often asked how he moved from engineering to public service. He explains that in many ways they are similar; the goal of each is solving problems. Read more


Check out the PBI-Cal State LA’s Polling Program

2016 PBI – Cal State LA Poll Public Briefing: L.A. County Latino Voters

2016 PBI – Cal State LA Poll Public Briefing: L.A. County Asian Americans


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See highlights from our 2015 Annual Policy Conference

2016 PBI – Cal State LA Poll Public Briefing: L.A. County Latino Voters

On November 3rd, the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA  hosted a media and community briefing to release findings from its PBI-Cal State LA Latino Poll. The poll, conducted for PBI by the nationally recognized firm Latino Decisions, surveyed 1,501 Latino registered voters in Los Angeles County. The findings provided key insights about Latino voters. Among the main findings on a range of national and local issues, the poll showed strong support for the closely watched Measure M, which requires a two- thirds vote to raise the sales tax to build out the public transportation system in Los Angeles County. The event included a presentation by Dr. Adrian Pantoja, senior analyst of Latino Decisions. Among those commenting on the results and their implications were Dr. Matt Baretto, director of Latino Decisions, and Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of Pat Brown Institute and director of the poll.

See our Asian American Poll Release 


PBI-Cal State LA Latino Poll Data Links

PBI-Cal State LA Latino Poll Toplines

PBI-Cal State LA Latino Poll Crosstabs

For Download:

PBI-Cal State LA Latino Poll PowerPoint

PBI-Cal State LA Latino Poll Program

PBI-Cal State LA Latino Press Release

PBI-Cal State LA Latino Poll Media Advisory

Media Coverage from November 3, 2016

Cal State LA Alumni News about #PBILatinoPoll

La Opinón: ¿Cómo votarán los angelinos estas elecciones?

KPCC, Mike Roo: Poll: LA County Latino voters energized, concerned about unemployment, immigration, Trump

Hispanos Press: Votantes latinos del condado de Los Ángeles podrían ser una fuerza decisiva en las elecciones

Univision, Francisco Vargas: El voto latino que favorece a Trump apoya las deportaciones, según estudio de CSULA

Cal State LA University Times, Marrian Zhou: Latino Poll findings show how L.A. voters will vote this election

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Thank you to Latino Decisions

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PBI-Cal State LA Polling History

The Institute has had a long practice of conducting community-based applied research.  Unlike other research programs, the Institute’s research programs have the distinction of often being formulated in partnership, or in response to community-based concerns.  As such, the Institute’s research reports are useful documents that help communities advocate for public policy that improves the lives of their constituents.  To the extent possible, the research process includes Cal State LA faculty members and students, currently some of our youth leadership students.  In addition to producing research reports, the Institute administers a polling program.  The PBI-CalStateLA polls survey racial/ethnic groups in LA county and their civic participation and orientation.