Monday, Nov. 24, 2003
Abby Lunardini (510) 987-9004


The University of California will host a town hall on Monday, Dec. 1, at the UCLA campus, convening state policy-makers, educators, community leaders and other experts to help identify innovative solutions to California's budget crisis.

The budget forum will examine the state's projected $8 billion deficit, analyze patterns of state revenue shortfalls, explore reforms that may help to stabilize the state's fiscal system and review specific financial challenges facing California's higher education system.

UC President Robert C. Dynes championed the idea of hosting a forum to focus on the state's unprecedented budget crisis.

"Higher education is a crucial cornerstone of California's economy," Dynes said. "And I believe the budget forum can help find creative solutions to the state's budget problems."

The forum's participants include: Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle; former state legislator Phil Isenberg; Edward Learner of the UCLA Business Forecast; Renee Boicourt from Moody's Investors Service; California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed; California Community Colleges Chancellor Thomas J. Nussbaum; and UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale.

The forum, which starts at 1 p.m. at UCLA's Covel Commons, will consist of three sessions, each tackling a different aspect of the budget crisis. Panels of experts will respond to budget presentations and encourage the audience, including members of the general public, to share their own perspectives.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to reserve seats in advance at <https://cougar.ucop.edu/alumni/budgetforum_rsvp.html>, by sending an e-mail to: events@ucop.edu or by calling (510) 987-0508. A limited number of seats may also be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the door. The event will also be audiocast live online (details below).

In addition, there will be an opportunity for the press to meet with Dynes immediately prior to the event.

The budget forum is co-sponsored by the UC Office of the President, UCLA and UC's California Policy Research Center.

For more information about this event, including audiocast details, please visit: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/budgetforum/

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