Peter Schrag
Former Sacramento Bee Editorial Page Editor Peter Schrag will be the Lamorinda Democratic Club’s speaker at our Thursday, March 11 meeting. Schrag will discuss California: Who made the mess? Who’ll clean it up?

In a January column in the California Progress Report, Schrag offered a 10-step solution for fixing California’s fiscal crisis while protecting our state’s education system, social safety net, and the future. As Schrag wrote about California’s budget crisis and repeated rounds of budget cuts, “…it doesn’t have to be this way – it’s not written in stone, and never was. We – the legislature, a generation of governors, the voters – have made the choices that got us here, and it wouldn’t be all that hard to work our way out of it, were we only willing.�?

The Lamorinda Democratic Club’s monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, March 11, at the Orinda Community Church in Orinda. The social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the club’s business session to begin at 7:30 p.m., and Schrag’s presentation to start at 8 p.m. During the club’s business meeting, the club will continue itsseries with local elected leaders, this month featuring a short report from our representative on the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s (BART) Board of Directors, Gail Murray.

Schrag, who served for 19 years as editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee, is a lifelong journalist. From his retirement in 1996 until 2009 he also wrote a weekly column for the Sacramento Bee. He now writes a weekly column for the blog, the California Progress Report (

Schrag has been one of the speakers most requested by Lamorinda Democratic Club members recently. His book, Paradise Lost: California’s Experience, America’s Future, published by the New Press in April 1998, was chosen as aNew York Times Notable Book and issued as a paperback by the University of California Press in 1999.

His most recent book, California: America’s High-Stakes Experiment, was published by the University of California Press in April 2006. His Not Fit for Our Society, a history of immigration restriction movements and ideology in the United States is scheduled for publication in the spring.