2008 Capital Campus California Winter Retreat

Dec 05, 2008Dec 08, 2008
<p>Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn<br /> 100 Boyes Blvd<br /> Sonoma, CA 95476</p>

The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University will co-host a weekend event that will provide California policy makers with an academic perspective on today's pressing policy issues.

For the past two years, Capital Campus California has provided a forum for Sacramento’s diverse policy making staff to openly discuss issues affecting the state with experienced scholars and each other. Our winter retreat  is an extension of this model, available to senior level legislative and executive staff in California.

The retreat is designed to bridge the gap between academic theory and practice: participants will receive an in-depth understanding of the interaction of law, economics, and public policy and then reflect on how these lessons could better inform their daily work.

Presentations from the 2008 Capital Campus Winter Retreat:

Scott Pattison- Dealing with State Budgets 

Audio from Budget Session 

Darien Shanske- Innovative Infrastructure Finance and Law in California 

Frank Wolak- Coordinating California's Climate Change Goals with Its Energy Needs 

Audio from Energy Session 

Antionio Rossmann- The History & Future of Water Policy in California

Audio from Water Session: Rossmann 

Kathleen Harnett White- Water Policy: Planning, Process and Legal Decisions 

Audio from Water Session: White 

Participants can expect:

  • Opportunities to meet and discuss ideas with prominent scholars and new colleagues from all areas of state government and from both sides of the aisle;
  • Scholar-led conversations and interactive sessions with fellow colleagues;
  • Specific discussions on the role economics and law play in taxation & budget, greenhouse gas emmissions and environmental initiatives, water policy in California, and smart growth infrastructure planning;
  • The chance to acquire innovative tools that will help decision makers better analyze public policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the agenda? 

Registrants will travel to the Fairmont Sonoma Mission on the morning of Friday, December 5th, arriving for lunch and the beginning of the program. Participants can expect a number of interactive sessions over the course of the program, in addition to meals and receptions held throughout the weekend. On Sunday, December 7th, participants will return to Sacramento. Click the link below to see a detailed agenda.

2008 Capital Campus California Winter Retreat Agenda Final 

Is transportation provided to Sonoma? 
Yes, roundtrip bus transportation from Sacramento to the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn will be provided. Participants are also welcome to manage their own transportation, at their own expense. The bus will be located near the Capitol grounds and depart to Sonoma at 9:45 am. (Specific bus location TBA)

How much does it cost? 
Capital Campus California will provide transportation, meals, lodging, and materials for all retreat participants.

Does the 2008 Capital Campus California Winter Retreat comply with ethics rules? 
Pursuant to Government Code 89506 (a)(2), the retreat is a Form 700 reportable event, but not subject to the annual gift limit. The 2008 Capital Campus California Winter Retreat is a non-profit, educational function.

What is the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy? 
Boalt Hall's Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy is the focal point for teaching and research at UC Berkeley on the impact of law on business and the U.S. and global economies. BCLBE pools the deep academic strengths of Boalt Hall's faculty with the intellectual strength of the Berkeley campus to tackle the thorniest challenges at the intersection of law and business. Find out more about BCLBE here.

What is the Mercatus Center at George Mason University?
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is a research, education, and outreach organization that works with scholars, policy experts, and government officials to connect academic learning and real world practice. The mission of Mercatus is to promote sound interdisciplinary research and application.



For more information about this event please contact Kathleen O'Hearn
at (703) 993-8426 or via email at