would anybody want to be governor of California? With huge budget
deficits, a dysfunctional system of governance, and a grumpy
electorate, can any governor actually accomplish very much?

Five experts on California politics will gather Monday, Sept. 20 on the
Cal campus in Berkeley to talk about what the next governor should do
— no matter who ends up taking the oath of office.

The panelists include writer Mark Paul, author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It; Debra Saunders, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle; Yvonne
Walker, president of SEIU Local 1000, California’s largest state
employees union; and Bill Whalen of the Hoover Institution. Ted
Lempert, former member of the Assembly and current president of
Children Now, will moderate.

The event, organized by Berkeley’s Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics
and Public Service, will be at 4 p.m. in Cal’s Banatao Auditorium. It’s
free and open to the public. For more information, including a map, go here. For those outside the Bay Area, a webcast will be posted a few days after the event.