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California Politics: State and Local

Fifty and Better (FAB) March Lecture Series

California Politics: State and Local

How is California doing? And Ventura County? And where might they be headed? Not long ago, California and Ventura were considered Republican territory. What explains the shift to solid Democrat majorities today? What might the future bode?

This lecture looks at California politics from two perspectives: state and local. It seeks to understand California’s big policy issues, especially its budget volatility as it has gone from a $100 billion surplus to a $40 billion deficit just since the New Year. The lecture will focus on Ventura County and the city of Thousand Oaks to illustrate the challenges confronted by local governments.

Herbert Gooch is professor emeritus of political science at California Lutheran University. He formerly served as director of the Masters in Public Policy and Administration program and assistant provost for Graduate Studies at Cal Lutheran. A graduate of UC Berkeley in history, he holds an MBA in management and both master's and doctoral degrees in political science from UCLA.

Fifty and Better was designed to offer university-level courses and lectures (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for people age 50 and older.


Register by March 20, by 3 p.m.

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