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Drug testing of doctors and clean drinking water are two of the hot topics to be discussed at Pierce College’s Oct. 20 Day of Politics in the Great Hall. In anticipation of the November California elections, DOP is a free all-day forum to get to know the candidates and issues on the upcoming ballot. Each hour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., a different candidate will take the stage or a proposition will be presented by our professors and students.




L.A. Sheriff Candidate Jim McDonnell, appearing at 2 p.m., has served as Chief of Police for the city of Long Beach since March 2010.  He previously served as the second in command in the Los Angeles Police Department. Chief McDonnell began his law enforcement career in 1981 as a graduate from the Los Angeles Police Academy. Over nearly three decades, he held every rank in the LAPD, including First Assistant Chief and second in command to Police Chief Bill Bratton.  




At 3 p.m., meet Councilman Bobby Shriver, Candidate for L.A. County Supervisor, 3rd District. The oldest child of R. Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver was born in Chicago in 1954 and is a Yale Law School graduate. In 2004 he was elected to the Santa Monica City Council by the highest percentage of voters in that city’s 120-year history. While a councilmember, he worked to balance budgets and helped retain the city’s AAA bond rating.  Shriver also served as Mayor in 2010 and continued his leadership to create housing and services for homeless people, cleaned up the Santa Monica Bay and supported veterans and small businesses.




The list of propositions to be discussed, many presented by students, are Prop 1 for Safe, Clean, Reliable Drinking Water; Prop 2’s Rainy Day Fund; Prop 45 for Health Care Insurance Rate Changes; Prop 46 for Drug & Alcohol Testing of Doctors; Prop 47’s Criminal Sentences changes (a student debate); and Prop 48 to Overturn Indian Gaming Compact.  Deputy district attorney and candidate for county assessor, John Morris, will also appear.



Day of Politics is led by Pierce Professor Denise Robb and the Department of Political Science in cooperation Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the GE Path Program, Politics Club, Feminist Club, Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Business and Economics Student Association, Sociology Club & ASO. For more information contact Professor Denise Robb at robbdm@piercecollege.edu.