The Forum is one of the special events held twice each year to provide an opportunity for SAGE members to gather in a social setting, chat over coffee, enjoy a stimulating lecture presentation, and take pleasure in lunching together.
Our Forums now take place on Zoom, and as a result we can increase the number of Forums.
The most recent Fall Forum was held on September 25 and October 2, 2020 and featured a dozen SAGE members who researched and presented their analyses of California ballot propositions.
The panel of 12 SAGE members presented all 12 State ballot propositions and one L. A. County Charter Amendment. “Reimagining L. A.” (“defund the police”). Six of the State measures were presented each day with the County Charter amendment being added on October 2.
Each presentation wase followed by a Q. and A. and audience comment period using the “chat” feature on Zoom. The Forum Committee reviewed all of these measures and determined that they all cover significant substantive issues – both economic and social.
Other future forums will feature outside speakers who are experts on topics of special interest are selected by the Forum Chairperson to provide a deeper understanding of these wide-ranging subjects. Past forums have featured college professors, political figures, scientists, researchers, newspaper editors, tax experts, and representatives from public service groups.
On normal days, the forums, held in a private meeting room at a local restaurant, give members and their guests an opportunity to meet and socialize outside the regular classroom sessions. Enjoying a delicious lunch and listening to an interesting speaker is a Forum activity members look forward during the year.
SAGE attendees, usually more than 100, are encouraged to ask questions of the speaker at the conclusion of the speech to gain a better understanding of the topic discussed. Almost always, there are lively exchanges with many of the members presenting a number of challenging questions.