The Piedmont Historical Society’s 2017 Annual Meeting on November 19 will present Steve Swatt who has written, with three other authors, the award-winning Game Changers, a fascinating account that examines twelve pivotal elections in California that have changed the course of our State’s history. The 1861 election of Leland Stanford as Governor illustrates the political power of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Swatt gives us insights into Earl Warren’s election in 1942, and Pat Brown’s election in 1958. The passage of Proposition 13 in 1978 still affects property taxes. Term limits passed in 1990 and brought a new look to state government.

Game Changers received the 2014 California Historical Society Book Award. The book details the engrossing personalities and dramatic government battles of these 12 elections. Steve Swatt is a veteran political analyst, public affairs executive and former award-winning political reporter with the San Francisco Examiner. Copies of Game Changers will be available for sale following his presentation.

The program starts at 4pm at the Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Avenue.  Refreshments will follow.

Our Annual Meeting is held each November and is open to members of the Piedmont Historical Society and features speakers on local history.