New Issue of California Journal of Politics and Policy now available on line

Berkeley Electronic Press has published the latest edition of the California Journal of Politics and Policy. Here is the table of contents:

Research Articles

Revisionist Reflections on California’s Master Plan @50
John Aubrey Douglass

The Myth of the Independent Voter, California Style
Edward L. Lascher Jr. and John L. Korey

San Benito County and California’s Geopolitical Fault Lines
Corey Cook and David Latterman

Determinants of Legislator Compensation in California and the Residual Impacts of Proposition 1A
Geoffrey Propheter

Glass Ceiling or Glass Elevator: Are Voters Biased in Favor of Women Candidates in California Elections?
Ronni Marie Abney and Rolfe Daus Peterson


California’s Economic Recovery May Hinge on Changing Financing for New Housing
Randall N. Margo

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Is One For the Ages
Martin Nolan

Book Reviews

An Endless Array of Minor “Reforms” Made California Ungovernable. A Few Major Reforms Could Fix It: A Review of California Crackup—How Reform Broke the Golden State by Joe Mathews and Mark Paul
Garrett Greuner

Unpacking Racial Discourse in California Proposition Politics: A Review of Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California by Daniel Martinez HoSang
Kelly Kelleher Richter

The articles are available for download at the CJPP website.

“Food Fights: Popular Struggles Beyond California Cuisine” – announcing the next CSA Conference

The California Studies Association has set the date and location and announced the theme of its next (and 21st) annual conference:

Food Fights: Popular Struggles Beyond California Cuisine

Friday, April 1st, Community Cultural Event (evening)
Saturday, April 2nd, day-long conference
Oakland Museum of California

California has been a historical epicenter to successive revolutions in what we eat, where it comes from, and how it is produced and marketed–from the late 19th/early 20th century development of agri-business and growers’ co-ops to the turn to health food in the 1970s to today’s slow food and food justice movements. The 21st Annual CSA Conference, in partnership with the Oakland Museum of California, will bring together activists, scholars, community leaders, and the broader public to explore food as a fulcrum of political and social change over time. Sessions will focus on three themes: Food Justice, Organizing the Food Industry, and Agri-Culture.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for what is sure to be an exciting and informative series of events!

A schedule of speakers and panels, as well as pre-registration information, will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.  To stay up to date with the latest, visit the California Studies Association’s website for the conference.

New issue of Southern California Quarterly now available

The Winter 2010-11 issue (Vol. 92, No. 4) of the Southern California Quarterly has now been published by the Historical Society of Southern California. Here is the table of contents:


Lost in the Translation: Chief Palma of the Quechan By Vladimir Guerrero

The “Bungalow Boom”: The Working-Class Housing Industry and the Development and Promotion of Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles By Kim Hernandez

Family Matters: Round Valley Indian Families at the Sherman Indian Institute, 1900-1945 By William]. Bauer, Jr.


Russell, From Serra to Sancho: Music and Pageantry in the California Missions, by Kenneth H. Marcus

Gersdarf, The Poetics and Politics of the Desert: Landscape and the Construction of America, by Erik Altenbernd

Ehnsan and Yogi, Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, by Errol Wayne Stevens

Sklar, Brown Acres: An Intimate History of the Los Angeles Sewers, by Char Miller

Garda, White But Not Equal: Mexican Americans, Jury Discrimination, and the Supreme Court,by Aubrey T. Adams

Pawel, The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement, by Randy Shaw

Valle, City of Industry: Genealogies of Power in Southern California, by Tom Sitton

This issue also contains the index to Volume 92.

Next California Studies Dinner Jan. 20: Waldo Martin speaks on writing a political history of the Black Panther Party

The next California Studies dinner will take place Jan. 20, 2011 in Berkeley; the speaker will be Waldo Martin, Professor of History, UC Berkeley, and the title of his talk will be “Up Against the Wall MŠFŠ:  Notes on co-writing a Political history of the Black Panther Party.”


Jan. 20, 2011
7 :00 p.m. – 10 :00 p.m.
Director’s Room, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing St. (just above Telegraph Ave), Berkeley.

The dinner is buffet style. Dinners are free, but guests are asked for a small donation for those partaking of wine and beverages.
PLEASE RSVP by Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, to Delores Dillard, Department of Geography, 507 McCone Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA  94720-4740
phone (510)  642-3903 or FAX (510) 642-3370, or e-mail: