Sen.Tom Torlakson Lecture on Metropolitan Governance at UC Berkeley
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Subject: FW: IGS/Sen.Tom Torlakson Lecture on Metropolitan Governance
UC Berkeley Selects California State Senator Tom Torlakson as the Second
Victor Jones Memorial Lecturer on Metropolitan Governance
UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) and the Political
Science Department have selected California State Senator Tom Torlakson as
its Second Victor Jones Memorial Lecturer on Metropolitan Governance. This
occasional lecture series takes place on Friday, February 6, 2004,
1:30-2:30 pm, at UC Berkeley Alumni House Toll Room. A reception will
follow the lecture at 2:30-3:00 pm. This lecture, entitled Regionalism:
Thinking for A New Century, is free and open to the public.
State Senator Torlakson (D-Antioch) is the California Legislature's
voice for seeking innovative solutions to regional problems. The Senator
chairs the Senate Local Government Committee and its Select Committee on
Bay Area Infrastructure that has conducted a series of hearings to
investigate the infrastructure needs of the Greater San Francisco Bay
Region. His Select Committee has also discussed how existing regional
government structures and jurisdictions might be changed to meet these
challenges on a regional level. These discussions have included the
potential merger of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).
Senator Torlakson will discuss his efforts to seek consolidation of Bay
Area regional agencies and new policy initiatives that include:
Ø Benefits of regional leadership and collaborative-decision making
Ø Models of success: the Inter-Regional Partnership of Alameda,
Costa, Santa Clara, San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties
Ø Building a better California: jobs-housing balance and the
transportation- land use connection
Ø Moving forward at the local, regional and state level to build a
Senator Torlakson, a graduate of UC Berkeley, has served as an elected
official on the Antioch City Council, the Contra Costa Board of
Supervisors, and the California State Assembly before serving in the
California State Senate.
This lecture will be made available on the campus webcast. To lean more
about this lecture series and to view the webcast of Torlakson's speech,
For more information contact: (510) 642-1474