October 24, 2008

The Keston Institute to Host Forum “Assessing Performance and Progress” of California’s 2006 Infrastructure Bonds

On November 7, 2006 California voters approved over $42 Billion in General Obligation Bonds to fund transportation, flood control, school construction, housing, and water supply protection. During the ensuing two years, projects have been identified and prioritized, funds have been allocated, bonds have been sold, and some projects are under contract.

This forum will bring together representatives of major program agencies to discuss how the bonds are being used and the impact of the current financial situation on debt-funded capital construction.

 WHAT:  "The 2006 Infrastructure Bonds: Assessing Performance and Progress"  WHO:   The Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy is a nonpartisan research organization established at the University of Southern California to help California and the nation address critical infrastructure issues. The Keston Institute supports the formulation of infrastructure policies and practices that will improve the livability of California communities, ensure the economic well being of its citizens, and promote environmental sustainability.  Panelists: -- Paul Rosenstiel, Deputy State Treasurer -- John Barna, Executive Director of California Transportation Committee -- Lynn Jacobs, Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development -- Sue Simms, Chief Deputy Director of California Department of Water Resources -- Richard G. Little, AICP, Director, The Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy  And... Carole D'Elia, Deputy Executive Director of the Little Hoover Commission, who will discuss the Commission's efforts to assess whether on-going oversight of the bond program is adequate and whether additional opportunities exist to improve oversight.  Moderator: Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times  WHEN:  Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Registration from 8:30AM, Discussion 9:00AM - 12:00PM  WHERE: USC Davidson Conference Center (located on the USC Campus) 3415 S. Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90089