A Discussion Of California's 2014 Mid-Term Election
Featuring: Gene Cubbison, NBC 7/39; Laura Fink, political consultant and analyst; and Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times, with City Club President George Mitrovich as Moderator
- Gene Cubbison – Biographical Brief
￼Gene joined NBC 7 San Diego in 1983 after reporting stints at KFMB-TV (1979-1983), the San Diego Union (1977-79), San Diego Daily Transcript (1973-77), and San Diego Independent (1972-73).
Most recently Gene has been assigned to co-produce and host the local public affairs program, “‘Politically Speaking”, airing Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM on NBC 7 San Diego.
His daily assignments generally focus on government, politics, civic issues, law and economics.
Coverage has included one-on-one interviews with Presidents H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and Texas Gov. George W. Bush during his campaign for President; four national political conventions, three major earthquakes, two jetliner crashes, two Super Bowls, several catastrophic brush fires and floods, and massacres involving a San Diego grade school and a fast-food restaurant.
Also among Gene’s more memorable stories are a week-long pursuit of a fugitive financier who fled from San Diego to the Caribbean island of Montserrat, wound up arraigned in Miami, and spent a decade behind bars; and a local transit bus hijacking that ended with the hijacker surrendering at Cubbison’s feet.
Gene has been recognized with numerous awards including citations from the San Diego Press Club (incl. Harold Keen Award for Lifetime Contributions), Golden Mic/Southern California, Emmy/NATAS Pacific Southwest Chapter, San Diego County Bar Association, and Society of Professional Journalists/San Diego.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Stanford University.
- Laura Fink – Biographical Brief
￼Ms. Fink is the founder of the San Diego-based consulting firm Fink & Hernandez Consulting, LLC, Laura assists political candidates and groups, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and labor unions with communications, civic engagement, and public policy endeavors. Her experience ranges from facilitating multi-million dollar campaigns for national political candidates to helping local nonprofit organizations with strategic planning.
She directs political and fundraising strategy for Congresswoman Susan Davis (D, CA-53), and has served as the political director of the Congresswoman’s 2008, 2010 and 2012 campaigns. Currently, Laura is working on the Congresswoman’s 2014 campaign.
Her mark was made in politics, however, even before her tenure with Congresswoman Davis. Other roles include fiscal, fundraising, communications, and event responsibilities for prominent campaigns such as Hillary Clinton for President, Bob Filner for Congress (D, CA-51), Todd Gloria for City Council, and Marty Block for State Assembly. Laura is also proud of the funding she helped to raise to propel Congressman Mike Arcuri (D, NY-24) to victory in a District previously held by Republicans for over 60 years.
In the nonprofit sector, Laura served as the Public Policy Consultant for San Diego Grantmakers, and developed statewide public policy, outreach strategy, and communications collaterals that resulted in meetings and collaborations between government constituents, foundations/grant makers, and nonprofit organizations. This initiative continues to make a positive impact within the three grant-maker associations in California.
Prior to founding Fink & Hernandez Consulting and commencing her political career, Laura worked in technology and education. She graduated with distinction from Wellesley College after studying English Literature and Political Science.
- Tony Perry – Biographical Brief
Tony Perry, who heads the Los Angeles Times bureau in San Diego, is one of the finest reporters in America. Time and again Mr. Perry has demonstrated his very great journalistic skills with incisive reporting – whether writing about the latest scrum in San Diego’s often bizarre politics or America’s misadventures abroad.
He recently returned from both Iraq and Afghanistan and his remarks to The City Club and Catfish Club June 8 will provide, in that appealing Perry style, an in-depth view of what’s happening in those two difficult places and what America’s prospects are in the future.
Mr. Perry has been the Times’ presence in San Diego for 20-years. Before that he was with the San Diego Union Tribune. He has been a frequent guest of both The City Club and Catfish Club.
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Mr. Perry’s wife, Ann, is the business editor of The North County Times.