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Building Fiscal Leadership in an Era of Budget Austerity

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Bedrosian Center / SoCal ASPA forum series

A panel of experts discusses case studies focusing on Southern California local governments and school districts which not only have successfully coped with budget cuts but are demonstrating and building long-term fiscal sustainability leadership in a new era of austerity.

Among issues the panelist consider:

  • What are the insights these cases offer across different size jurisdictions, different levels of government, i.e. municipal, county, and district, and varied demographics?
  • How has leadership employed strategies rather than programs to develop outcomes, assemble assets, and leverage those assets to achieve results that more directly links financing to measurable outcomes?
  • How has strategy development engaged civic consumers, moving beyond public comments as a mode of participation?


  • Bev Perry: Executive Director Southwest Megaregion Alliance and former Mayor, City of Brea
  • Martin Plourde: Assistant Superintendent, Personnel Services, Whittier Union High School District
  • Greg Devereaux: CAO County of San Bernardino
  • Mark Pisano: Senior Fellow University of Southern California, School of Policy, Planning, and Development
  • Michael McGrath: CIO and senior editor of the National Civic League


Dan Mazmanian, Director, Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise, USC School of Policy, Planning and Development

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