Expert Panelists Bring Insights, Predictions to CalChamber Public Affairs Gathering

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PAC-Public-Affairs-Conf-ICONWith 2016 being an election year, the California Chamber of Commerce Fall Public Affairs Conference this week brought together insiders from both major parties to offer insights and predictions on key statewide and legislative races, plus the race for the White House and upcoming California ballot initiatives.

The conference also featured one panel of state legislators giving a review of the 2015 legislative session, with a second panel offering a preview of 2016.

Pollster and media pundit Dr. Frank Luntz gave the luncheon address on “Words that Matter.” He is author of the best seller Words that Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear.

CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg moderates a panel previewing initiatives expected to appear on the ballot in 2016.

CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg moderates a panel previewing initiatives expected to appear on the ballot in 2016.

Panelists reviewing the 2016 initiatives landscape are (from left) Rick Claussen, Redwood Pacific Public Affairs; Christy Wilson, Wilson Public Affairs; and Tom Ross, Meridian Pacific, Inc.

Panelists reviewing the 2016 initiatives landscape are (from left) Rick Claussen, Redwood Pacific Public Affairs; Christy Wilson, Wilson Public Affairs; and Tom Ross, Meridian Pacific, Inc.

(From left) Jeanne Cain, CalChamber executive vice president of public policy, moderates a review of the 2015 legislative year with Assemblymembers Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) and Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks).

(From left) Jeanne Cain, CalChamber executive vice president of public policy, moderates a review of the 2015 legislative year with Assemblymembers Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) and Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks).

Other panelists reviewing the 2015 legislative year are (from left): Senator Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa), and Assemblymembers Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), Bill Brough (R-Dana Point), David Hadley (R-Torrance) and Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles).

Other panelists reviewing the 2015 legislative year are (from left): Senator Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa), and Assemblymembers Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), Bill Brough (R-Dana Point), David Hadley (R-Torrance) and Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles).

Previewing the 2016 legislative year are (from left): Assemblymembers Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) and Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield).

Previewing the 2016 legislative year are (from left): Assemblymembers Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) and Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield).

Other panelists previewing the 2016 legislative year are (from left) Assemblymembers Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) and Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar), and Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton).

Other panelists previewing the 2016 legislative year are (from left) Assemblymembers Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) and Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar), and Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton).

Detailed coverage and more photos available online now at calchamber.com.

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