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Experts evaluate Fair Election Act Jan. 21

Posted: January 21, 2010 12:06 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2010 1:11 p.m.
A workshop highlighting the California Fair Elections Act will be presented tonight, Thursday, Jan. 21, by campaign chair Trent Lange, Vice President of the League of Women Voters of California Xandra Kayden, SCV Fair Elections chair Carole Lutness, and Southern California outreach coordinator Robin Gilbert.

The workshop, starting 7 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Newhall 91321, will address current economic conditions and the impact of the recession on businesses and politics.

Small business and nonprofit business owners are invited to bring their company and tax questions.

The California Fair Elections Act will be also reviewed by initiative experts Lange and Gilbert, who will provide the guidelines proposed in the act.

The act (CFEA) represents fundamental election reform that will allow candidates and elected officials to get out of the money game and get back to solving California's problems by creating a pilot project for a voluntary Fair Elections public financing system of campaigns similar to those in seven other states.

Lange, chair of Californians for Fair Elections, will talk about how the system works and the statewide campaign to pass the proposition.

Carole Lutness, chair of the SCV Fair Elections committee: Kayden, vice president of advocacy and program for the League of Women Voters of California: and Robin Gilbert, Southern California outreach coordinator for the California Fair Elections Campaign, will talk about what people can do to educate the public about the need to pass Fair Elections locally.

The workshop will end with a brainstorming and organizing session for the new local grassroots coalition to support the campaign by building support locally.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Parking is free but limited. Attendees are asked to arrive early to socialize for the townhall-style discussion.

Sponsors: California Clean Money Campaign, California Common Cause, the California Nurses Association, the SCV Fair Elections Committee, the Golden State Jobs Coalition, former Assemblymember Keith Richman, and the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment (SCOPE), and others to be announced. To find out about adding your organization to the list, contact


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