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  • emBuilding the Golden Gate Bridgeem
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    Building the Golden Gate Bridge

    Harvey Schwartz talked about his book, Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers' Oral History. He showed pictures of the laborers and spoke about their testimonies of harsh weather,…

  • Six Californias Initiative
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    Six Californias Initiative

    Timothy Draper talked about the proposed “Six Californias” initiative. He was heading a ballot measure that would have divided California into six separate states, which he said could be…

  • Rob Reiner Remarks
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    Rob Reiner Remarks

    Film director Rob Reiner talked about his career in Hollywood, marriage equality, climate change, immigration reform, guns rights and violent movies. He also talked about why he didn’t run…

  • California Budget Compromise
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    California Budget Compromise

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke about the challenges of passing a budget for the State of California. A special election in May 2009 would have a spending cap and for other…

  • Energy Security
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    Energy Security

    David O’Reilly talked about the challenges to the global energy industry to meet a rising demand for reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible energy supplies. He focused on…

  • emCalifornia Rising  The Life and Times of Pat Brownem
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    California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown

    Ethan Rarick talked about his book California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown, published by University of California Press. Ethan Rarick tells the story of Democrat Edmund G. “Pat” Brown who was…

  • emFantastic  The Life of Arnold Schwarzeneggerem
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    Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Laurence Leamer talked about his biography Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger, published by St. Martin’s Press. Mr. Leamer chronicles the life of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was born in…

  • emEmbattled Dreamsem
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    Embattled Dreams

    Mr. Starr discussed the latest book in his series about Americans and the California Dream. The book, Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace, 1940 - 1950, published by Oxford University…

  • California Clean Air Initiatives
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    California Clean Air Initiatives

    Mr. Dunlop spoke about clean air initiatives in California over the past fifty years. He stressed the decrease in air pollution despite the great rise in population and vehicles. He also…

  • The California Primary and Campaign 96
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    The California Primary and Campaign '96

    Mr. Field talked about voter polling and the influence of the California primary on the 1996 presidential election. He answered questions from the audience.

  • Californias Economic Competitiveness
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    California's Economic Competitiveness

    Sen. Joyner, who was appointed to the Senate when former Sen. Pete Wilson was elected governor of California, addressed the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco, CA. Sen. Joyner…