Conversations for the Common Good - John Chiang

Thursday, March 22 5 – 6:15 p.m.

McLaren Complex - MC 250

This event is free and open to the public.

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Conversations for the Common Good is the speakers series created by the Leo T. McCarthy Center as part of the Center's celebration of its 15th Anniversary. The series is an annual program inviting accurate and inclusive voices to the challenges of serving the public good. In this inaugural year of 2018, the series is entitled, The Race for the Second Most Important Office in the Country: Who will be California's Next Governor?  Top Democratic and Republican candidates have been invited. Currently scheduled candidates include Antonio Villaraigosa, Gavin Newsom, Delaine Eastin, John Cox and John Chiang. Other candidates may be added.

Co-presented by news media, POLITICO, the format features a one-on-one conversation between a gubernatorial candidate and one of POLITICO's California Playbook writers including Carla Marinucci and David Siders. Local partners include the San Francisco Women's League of Voters, the San Francisco Democratic Club and the San Francisco Republican Club.

About the Candidate - John Chiang


Elected California’s 33rd State Treasurer on November 4, 2014, John Chiang serves as our state’s banker, overseeing trillions of dollars in transactions every year. Conducting the State’s business in the most transparent manner possible is his top priority and the results are proof. As Treasurer, Chiang has made it easier for taxpayers to hold their government officials accountable by launching a website to make pay, benefits and borrowing costs for state and local governments available online, spanning back three decades. When Wall Street banks -- like Wells Fargo – began ripping off innocent Californians by the millions of dollars they didn’t have, Chiang hit them where it hurt most. As a result, Wells Fargo was cut off from their most profitable lines of business with the largest state in the union--California.

Recognizing Californians deserve better when they plan and prepare for retirement, Chiang was one of the architects of Secure Choice, a state sponsored retirement plan that will help 7.5 million Californians -- with almost no cost to the state, California is at the fore front of a national movement and is set to herald in the most significant change to retirement savings since Social Security was enacted in the 1930s.