Michael Feinstein • Pedro Hernandez • Adriana Cabrera
Saturday, 12 October, 1 p.m.
California is one of the most diverse places in the world, but its electoral system is ill-equipped to promote full representation of that diversity. Learn how electoral reforms like ranked-choice voting (RCV) and proportional representation can promote deeper and broader representation in cities, the state legislature and Congress. Learn how RCV already works in San Francisco and other Bay Area cities and how it could be applied to the Los Angeles City Council. Learn how proportional representation could expand and deepen representation in the California State Legislature and in California’s Congressional representation.
Michael Feinstein is a former Green Party Candidate for Secretary of State in California, and former City Councilmember and Mayor of Santa Monica. He served on the City Council for two four-year terms between 1996 and 2004, and as Mayor from 2000-2002. Born in Greece, Feinstein was adopted, Feinstein was adopted by American parents and brought back to the United States when he was four months old. Raised in St. Louis Park, MN (a suburb of Minneapolis), he graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1977, then majored in philosophy and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1982 from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. In between his second and third years at Carleton, Feinstein took a year off and backpacked in 15 countries in Latin America, Southern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. That started a patten continuing to this day, with Feinstein having traveled in over 45 countries, gaining knowledge and openness to possibilities as he’s learned about different cultures and places all over the world. Feinstein also served as the first California sales representative for Rollerblades in the early to mid 1980s, having gone to high school in Minnesota with the inventor. That also gave him direct experience in starting a trend, which he applied years later when co-founding the Green Party of California in 1990.
Pedro Hernandez, the Senior Policy Coordinator for FairVote California, is the son of immigrant agricultural workers. His experiences growing up in Watsonville, serving as a student trustee for the local school board, set in motion his commitment to community empowerment at a young age. Pedro brings both experience and passion to electoral reform and community advocacy. He worked as an Associate at the Law Office of Robert Rubin where he specialized in claims under the California Voting Rights Act. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal, and as Political Chair at UC Hastings La Raza Law Students Association. He previously served as an Education Equity Fellow at Public Advocates, clerked at the Equal Justice Society and California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), and externed at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a minor in American Studies, from the University of California, Davis; and J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he earned recognition for his outstanding achievement in providing pro bono legal services.
Adriana Cabrera is a long-time advocate for human rights in South Central Los Angeles. In 2017 Adriana was the youngest and only woman in the ballot for City Council District 9 Municipal Elections. Her campaign was 100% volunteer led and accomplished third place in the race with a $3,000 budget. Prior to running for office, she also served in the Central Alameda Neighborhood Council. Adriana is a first-generation college student, she received her Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education Administration and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Policy and Management along with Chicano/a Studies at California State University Northridge.