Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Solutions, Civility and Consensus in Local Government

Dean Henry E. Brady, Mayor Frank M. Jordan, Mayor Garrad Marsh, Mayor Jennifer West (MPP '12)

Event: Homecoming 2012

Date: October 6, 2012 Duration: 69 minutes

Many local issues have no obvious "left" or "right," "red" or "blue" solution. The electorate holds elected and appointed local government officials accountable for finding tangible solutions to challenging problems. Success depends on working directly and effectively with their constituencies, who are also their neighbors and with whom they often have complex and deep ties­. A stellar panel of UC Berkeley alumni and faculty will discuss how politicians handle problems at the local level and the realistic opportunities for fostering civility and cross-party cooperation among voters and multiple constituencies.

This event was sponsored by the GSPP Center on Civility and Democratic Engagement.