On February 12th, Political Student Assembly and the Unruh Institute kicked off their new monthly event, California Roundtable Discussions, with Unruh’s Politicians in Residence, former California State Senator Tony Strickland and former California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino.


For an hour and a half, forty students sat around a table with the officials, listening as they talked about their experiences in state government, reflected upon Governor Brown’s State of the State address, and commented on the future of California. They were also very eager to hear students’ thoughts, fielding questions on every subject they touched and listening intently and with interest before responding. It was an exciting, discussion-filled ninety minutes, and by the end both Hon. Strickland and Hon. Portantino noted that they were already excited to do it again.

Luckily, they will get the chance. The next Roundtable Discussion will be held on March 5th in MHP 102 at 7:30pm. Come, listen, and share your opinions with people who understand how the system really works.

Written by usgpb