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Former assemblywoman shares experiences with class at SDSU-IV

March 21, 2001|By LAURA MACKENZIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Former Assemblywoman Denise Moreno Ducheny guest lectured Tuesday at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus.

Ducheny was in the Valley as a presidential fellow of SDSU. Among her duties as a presidential fellow are to lecture at the university.

This was her first trip to the Calexico campus as a presidential fellow to guest lecture.

Ducheny spoke to Professor Dana Murphy's public administration class about her experiences as an assemblywoman and shared her knowledge of the legislative process.

"I think it's great to have her as a guest lecturer," said Gilbert Ramirez, a student in the class.

Ramirez was one of a few students who stayed after class to talk further with Ducheny.

Ducheny explained the budget process in California and the role local governments play in the decision-making process.

"It's all about priorities," said Ducheny of the budget, adding the budget is the state's most important policy document.

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"The proof is to put your money where your mouth is," Ducheny said, likening the state budget to a household budget.

She pointed to several key propositions and court cases that have influenced the state's budget process.

Ducheny explained the differences in the county governments and city governments.

She talked in depth about the power crisis and, on the state and federal level, explained its history and provided the theory behind power deregulation.

Ducheny was an assemblywoman for six and a half years. She represented the 79th district of California, which is the border area of San Diego.

Since her term finished in January, Ducheny has been guest lecturing at San Diego State and was appointed by Gov. Gray Davis to be on the Commission of the Californias.

Staff Writer Laura MacKenzie can be reached at 337-3442.

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