David Baggins, professor of political science at Cal State East Bay
Incessant budget crises and bouts of partisan gridlock have led to demands for reform in the Golden State, even for a constitutional convention to set things right. David Baggins, professor of political science at Cal State East Bay, will lead a discussion on “California’s split personality” on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 5pm on the CSUEB Concord campus.
What exactly is wrong with California and is the state “repairable?” Baggins will use Joe Mathews’ and Mark Paul’s 2010 book California Crackup as the center of a fast-paced discussion of the state’s current political and economic woes. Baggins’ goal is to help the audience discover the constitutional origins of current state dilemmas. He’s also betting that any ‘fixes,’ constitutional or otherwise, that state leaders come up with will have a unique California flavor.
This event is provided as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program and will take place at the CSUEB Concord campus located at 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord. This presentation will be free OLLI members and $5 for non-members. Visit the OLLI Web site to register for the lecture.