USC Rally

State of Dysfunction: Government Gridlock and California's Broken Dreams

With California struggling to pay bills, raise revenues, and borrow money, politicians in Sacramento are facing an angry public and the possibility of a constitutional convention. Robert M. Hertzberg, former speaker of the California State Assembly, and Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee, will examine obstacles and propose solutions to the state’s financial crisis. Hertzberg was assemblyman of California’s 40th District from 1996-2002 and speaker of the Assembly from 2000-2002. He is now the co-chair of California Forward, a bipartisan state government reform group funded by leading California foundations. Walters has covered the state Capitol since 1975 and is co-author of a new book entitled The Third House: Lobbyists, Money and Power in Sacramento.

Hammer Forum

This ongoing series of timely, thought-provoking events addresses current social and political issues.

Hammer Forum is moderated by Ian Masters, journalist, author, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and host of the radio programs Background Briefing, Sundays at 11AM, and The Daily Briefing, Monday through Thursday at 5PM, on KPFK 90.7 FM.


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only. 

Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.

Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss. 

Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee.