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Election Reform in California: An Update
R. Michael Alvarez received his B.A. from Carleton College, and his Ph.D. from Duke University, both in political science. He has taught at the California Institute of Technology his entire career, focusing on elections, voting behavior, election technology, and research methodologies. He has written or edited a number of books (most recently, the edited volume Computational Social Science, and Nonpartisan Primary Election Reform, Mitigating Mischief) and scores of academic articles and reports.He has studied elections throughout the world, including recent research in Argentina and Estonia, and has worked closely with public officials in many locations to improve their elections. Much of his recent work has examined the use of new technologies to improve the accuracy and accessibility of the electoral process.Dr. Alvarez's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts and JEHT Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the John Irvine Foundation. He was named to the Scientific American 50 in 2004 for his research on voting technologies. He is a Fellow of the Society for Political Methodology, co-editor of the journal Political Analysis, and co-director of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project.Dr. Alvarez has served on the City of Pasadena's Task Force on Good Governance, and on the City's 2011 Redistricting Task Force. He's served on the California Help America Vote Act State Plan Advisory Committee, and the California Internet Voting Task Force; he's also been a member of the National Academies of Science's Committee of State Voter Registration Databases, and Committee on a Framework for Understanding Electronic Voting. Locally, he was a long-serving member of the The Waverly School's Board of Trustees, and chaired the Waverly School Board for three years.  In recent years, there have been a number of important election reforms introduced in California. These include reforming the state's redistricting process, changing the rules for statewide primary elections, making voter registration easier by allowing online registration, and allowing voters to have more convenient ways to cast their ballots. One of the most important reforms has been changing the state's primary election rules, with the use of the the "top-two" primary since 2012. How has the "top-two" changed how candidates run their campaigns? Has it changed voting behavior? Most importantly, has it altered legislative behavior in Sacramento? Join us Wednesday, October 26 to learn the answers to these questions and to ask any of your own.  Introducer: Diana Peterson-More Invocation: Patrick MathewsGuest Introductions: Ken StickneySong Leader: Don AndruesAccompanist: Ross Jutsum


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175 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, California  

Tel: (626) 793-5157

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Rotary Club of Pasadena
556 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Suite 101 #379
Pasadena CA 91105

Phone: 626-440-0908
Fax: 626-440-9806

Email: office@pasadenarotary.com

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The Opportunity Zone

Well, it's October 19th at 9:00 p.m.  The air conditioning is humming and it is 80° outside.  It is time for some Rotary shorts:

THE SCOOT ZONE By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief

After President Shel Capeloto called the meeting to order, Cory Brendel took the mic and observed that one of the great things about being on the music committee is "the historical preservation aspect!" He also noted that committee co-chair, Gary Kearney, encourages everyone to find songs that relate to the topic of the day, "and do you have any idea how hard it is to find songs about the news?" However Cory was unvanquished and led us all in a nostalgic acapella rendition of Laugh-In Looks at the News from the 60s TV show.

The Opportunity Zone

From the archives of Pasadena Rotary, here is look into 1976-1977, the presidential year of Jack Bonholtzer: