Policy & Popcorn: Know Your Ballot 2020

About the Session

The 2020 elections on November 3 are just around the corner! Get prepared with a special “Know Your Ballot” edition of Policy & Popcorn on October 22 from 2-3:30pm. We’ll go over some of the most interesting political races and policy proposals on this year’s ballot at the federal, state, and county/local levels. Policy experts from UC Davis will provide special focus on Measure B, a controversial local proposal to amend the Davis General Plan to approve a mixed-use development. And we’ll take plenty of time to address whatever you want to know about all things election, so come prepared with questions!

About the Speakers

Hannah Safford is a Ph.D. candidate in environmental engineering at UC Davis, an affiliate researcher with the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, and Chair of the City of Davis Natural Resources Commission (NRC). In each of these roles, she works at the science-policy nexus to address pressing environmental issues such as water security, air quality, ecosystem health, clean energy, and climate change.

As Chair of the NRC, Hannah collaborates closely with City Council, City staff, and other City advisory bodies on the preservation, management, and enhancement of the City’s natural resources. She brings to this role experience from service in multiple institutions focused on science and science policy, including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Federation of American Scientists, the U.S. Forest Service, the San Francisco Department of the Environment, and the San Francisco Airport. Hannah holds a B.S.E., M.Eng., and M.P.A. from Princeton University

Ben Christopher covers California politics and elections. Prior to that, he was a contributing writer for CalMatters reporting on the state’s economy and budget. Based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has written for San Francisco magazine, California magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Priceonomics. Ben also has a past life as an aspiring beancounter: He has worked as a summer associate at the Congressional Budget Office and has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.