SEPT. 12, 2003
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy will discuss the effect of the state budget crisis on the City of Bakersfield when he addresses the Business and Public Administration Graduate Students Association (BPA-GSA) at California State University, Bakersfield.

Tandy’s talk is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 25, beginning at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room in the CSUB Student Union. The program is free and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

“We are delighted that Mr. Tandy will be addressing our group on this important topic,” said Carol Shertzer, president of the BPA-GSA. “This is a rare opportunity to hear first-hand some of the problems connected with the state budget crisis and how they directly affect local residents. We hope area residents will take advantage of Mr. Tandy’s appearance and come to the program.”

As city manager, Tandy’s role is to provide professional leadership in the management of the city and execution of city council policies.

Tandy, who has managed Bakersfield for 11 years and holds a master's degree in municipal administration from the University of Iowa, has been critical of state government’s efforts to balance the budget on the backs of the state’s municipalities. In an opinion piece published recently in The Bakersfield Californian, Tandy said, “It is difficult to understand why local government must again become part of the ‘solution’ when we have had nothing to do with the creation of the ‘problem’ the state is dealing with.”

The BPA-GSA’s objective is to develop interpersonal relationships with students, professionals, alumni and faculty, emphasizing current business and public administration issues and future trends that will impact on these relationships. To that end, the association hosts quarterly programs to address issues affecting business and public administration.

For more information about the program or the BPA Graduate Students Association, please call Kathy Carpenter at (661) 664-2326.