California Public Banking Alliance hosted a virtual Town Hall on March 30, 2022 – regarding the groundbreaking efforts to start public banks in California. Keynote speaker Eric Hardmeyer, retired CEO, discusses the mechanics of the successful Bank of North Dakota — the nation’s only public bank in operation for more than a century — which he steered for over 20 years.

Eric is joined by a powerful lineup of elected California officials representing five cities: Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Richmond.

The facilitator is David Cobb.

00:00 Trinity Tran, California Public Banking Alliance

02:00 David Cobb, California Public Banking Alliance

06:28 Miguel Santiago, CA State Assemblymember

12:42 Curren Price, Los Angeles City Councilmember

18:26 Robert Garcia, Long Beach Mayor

22:24 Justin Cummings, Santa Cruz City Councilmember

28:26 John Avalos, Former San Francisco Supervisor

33:49 Gayle McLaughlin, Richmond City Councilmember

40:00 Keynote: Eric Hardmeyer, Former CEO, Bank of North Dakota

1:14:12 Q&A – Questions and Answers