The tribal chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, Mark Macarro stands out as an influential figure in California state politics. Sacramento-based publication Capitol Weekly has for multiple years placed Mark Macarro in its list of the top 100 political figures in the state.
For more than a quarter of a century, Capitol Weekly has been required reading for Californians working in state government. The publication is part of Open California, a nonprofit organization that endeavors to keep Californians informed about state governance and public policy.
Founded in 2012, Open California also serves as a platform for engaging with political leaders. In pursuit of its mission, Open California publishes not only Capitol Weekly but also a political news compendium and a daily e-newsletter that reaches more than 6,000 subscribers.
In addition, Open California hosts a biweekly talk show and a quarterly conference series. Both the talk show and the conference series, which are broadcast on the statewide California Channel, examine important issues in California politics.
Open California operates because of the efforts of a small team of staff members and contributors. The organization also works with Sacramento State University and the University of California to provide valuable internships to a half-dozen aspiring journalists each year.
Mark Macarro has been the Tribal Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians for 14 years.