Patt Morrison is a writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Times and radio host on KPCC, and author of the best-selling Rio L.A.: Tales from the Los Angeles River. Her numerous awards include two shared Pulitzer Prizes and six Emmys.
Christina Binkley is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and spent 10 years as its lead reporter covering Las Vegas. Her first book is titled Winner Takes All: Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas.
James Flanigan is a business columnist for Forbes and the New York Times, and author of the recently released book Smile Southern California! You're the Center of the Universe: The Economy and People of a Global Region. Abe Lowenthal is a scholar who has published a dozen books on Latin America and inter-American affairs and U.S. foreign policy. His most recent book is Global California: Rising to the Cosmopolitan Challenge. Lowenthal is a professor of international relations at USC.