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California is locked in a constitutional crisis. Its schools are in decline, its water system near collapse, and its prisons in disarray. It is unable to avoid a yearly budget crisis, maintain its public facilities, or care for its sick. Nor can its citizens remedy these ills under present arrangements. A land once known for its beauty and abundance is now characterized by abandoned properties and a shortage of homes, jobs, and opportunities.
Table of Contents
California's Constitutional Crisis
California at the Edge
Decline and Fall
Causes of the Crisis: How State Government Currently Works
Proposition 13: Tarnish on the Golden Dream
The California Legislature and the Decline of Majority Rule
Reforming the Executive
Voting, Elections, and the Failure of Representation in California
Effects of the Crisis: A Changing California
Immigration, Diversity, and the Challenge of Democratic Inclusion
The View from East L.A.
California's Water Crisis: The Delta and Beyond
Remedies for the Crisis: Overhauling State Government
Remapping the California Electorate
A People's Convention for California
Epilogue: "If I Ran the Zoo" Proposals for Constitutional Reforms
How California Can Solve Its Budget Crisis: Form a Bank
Education and the State Constitution
Publicly Funded Elections for Public-Interest Government
There's No Time to Waste: An Educator's Approach to California Governance Reform
State Constitutional Reform: A Primer
Change How We Appoint Judges
Change Needed, Convention Not Necessarily the Answer
Towards a Politics of Place
California: The Perfect Storm
Needed: An Education in Governance
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