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California in Crisis: What Went Wrong? How Can It Be Fixed?

University of California, San Diego social scientists will consider “California in Crisis: What Went Wrong? How Can It Be Fixed?” on May 25, 6 p.m., at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

The professors will discuss the California budget crisis, its effect on the state, and possible solutions for recovery. The panel includes Marisa Abrajano, political science, Thad Kousser, political science, Isaac Martin, sociology, and Hugh “Bud” Mehan, sociology and director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence. Jeff Elman, dean of Social Sciences at UC San Diego, will moderate.

Abrajano will focus on the complexities of California’s demographics and possible solutions to the state’s budget crisis; Kousser, on the dynamics and dysfunctions of California’s state government; Martin, on Proposition 13, the tax revolt and its effects on California’s tax revenue; and Mehan, on the effects of the budget crisis on publicly funded K-12 education and the California Master Plan for Higher Education.

Admission is free and open to the public. RSVP online or by calling 858-534-3900.

“California in Crisis” is hosted by the UCSD Alumni Association, the Division of Social Science and the Helen Edison Lecture Series.

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