Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Antonio Villaraigosa Gather National Leaders on June 19 to Explore Ways to Improve Political Dialogue.Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to Deliver Keynote Address
Participants to Explore Nonpartisan Solutions to Complex National Problems
LOS ANGELES, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are convening leaders from government, media, business, labor, philanthropy, religion and the non-profit sector to explore ways to improve political dialogue and decision-making at all levels of government.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will deliver the keynote address at the conference to be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 in Los Angeles.
The conference Ceasefire! Bridging the Political Divide, is organized by the Center on Communication Leadership at the USC Annenberg School for Communication The USC Annenberg School for Communication comprises the USC Annenberg School of Communication and the USC Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC).
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"We want to highlight leaders who have succeeded in getting things done by building consensus around some of the nation's toughest problems," said Geoffrey Cowan, dean of the USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code. Annenberg School and director of the Center on Communication Leadership.
Additional confirmed participants include Margaret Carlson, chief political correspondent, Bloomberg News; John Podesta podesta
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"Will journalists ever get excited over the dog that doesn't get run over?" asks Carlson, now a senior political correspondent for Bloomberg News. "Unlike at the national level, state and local officials are finding ways to tamp down partisanship for a simple reason -- if governors and mayors don't bridge differences, the trash doesn't get picked up. And school doesn't open. Is there another role for the media? Is there a way for the quiet solutions to garner as much attention as the noisy disputes?"
Ceasefire! Bridging the Political Divide is made possible with support from the Annenberg Foundation and the Bloomberg Foundation.
CONTACT: Geoffrey Baum, +1-213-821-1491, or Orli Belman, +1-213-740-0252, both of USC Annenberg School for Communication