First up: Me.
California Republican Party Vice Chairman Tom Del Beccaro was kind enough to invite me to participate in a panel discussion on California politics at 7 p.m. tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 18, along with Chronicle columnist Phil Matier, state GOP communications director Hector Barajas and Steve Frank, publisher of the conservative California Political News and Views site. It’s at the Contra Costa Country Club, 801 Golf Club Road in Pleasant Hill. Tickets are $25 each; email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for reservations.
Lots more happening in coming days, after the jump…
Also tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18), the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service will have its inaugural lecture delivered by James Leach, who served from 1977 through 2007 as a moderate Republican Congressman from Iowa and then broke from his party’s ranks to endorse Barack Obama for president; he’ll be speaking about the state of American politics, the new president and the Republican Party’s future. The lecture is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Lipman Room at the University of California, Berkeley’s Barrows Hall; cosponsored by Institute of International Studies and the Graduate School of Journalism, it’s free and open to the public, with a reception following the speech.
Several commemorations, demonstrations and/or protests are planned to mark the Iraq war’s sixth anniversary. Some of the larger Bay Area events include:
The consuls general of Mexico, Israel, Japan and Egypt will take part in a panel discussion of “World Perspectives of America Under Obama” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Commonwealth Club of California’s office on the second floor of 595 Market St. in San Francisco; a 5:30 p.m. wine-and-cheese reception will precede the program. Tickets cost $12 for club members, $18 for non-members or $7 for students with valid ID, and are available online.
House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez, will hold a town meeting at 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21 in Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta St., to discuss the recession and how Congress and the Obama Administration are working to help local communities. His office says he’ll talk about how California’s share of the economic stimulus package – more than $30 billion – can be used to create jobs, modernize schools, prevent crime and improve roads and highways, as well as steps Congress is taking to deal with the housing crisis, climate change, and making quality health care more affordable.
Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, is doing his own monthly round of town meetings this Saturday, March 21: 9 to 10 a.m. in the Newark City Hall council chambers, 37101 Newark Blvd.; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the San Lorenzo Adult School auditorium, 820 Bockman Road; and noon to 1 p.m. in the Earhart School multipurpose room, 400 Packet Landing Road in Alameda’s Bay Farm Island section.
And, looking a little further into the future, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, will be in conversation with renowned television journalist Belva Davis about Lee’s book, “Renegade for Peace and Justice,” at noon next Friday, March 27, at the Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St. in San Francisco. Tickets are free for club members and $15 for non-members, and are available online.