Remaking California : Reclaiming the Public Good

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-31
  • Publisher: Heyday Books
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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

Editor's Prefacep. ix
California's Constitutional Crisis
California at the Edgep. 3
Decline and Fallp. 23
Causes of the Crisis: How State Government Currently Works
Proposition 13: Tarnish on the Golden Dreamp. 41
The California Legislature and the Decline of Majority Rulep. 60
Reforming the Executivep. 78
Voting, Elections, and the Failure of Representation in Californiap. 99
Effects of the Crisis: A Changing California
Immigration, Diversity, and the Challenge of Democratic Inclusionp. 121
The View from East L.A.p. 140
California's Water Crisis: The Delta and Beyondp. 154
Remedies for the Crisis: Overhauling State Government
Remapping the California Electoratep. 175
A People's Convention for Californiap. 192
Epilogue: "If I Ran the Zoo" Proposals for Constitutional Reforms
How California Can Solve Its Budget Crisis: Form a Bankp. 215
Education and the State Constitutionp. 217
Publicly Funded Elections for Public-Interest Governmentp. 219
There's No Time to Waste: An Educator's Approach to California Governance Reformp. 221
State Constitutional Reform: A Primerp. 223
Change How We Appoint Judgesp. 226
Two Asymmetriesp. 228
Change Needed, Convention Not Necessarily the Answerp. 230
Towards a Politics of Placep. 233
Reestablish Cross-Filingp. 235
California: The Perfect Stormp. 238
Needed: An Education in Governancep. 241
Notesp. 243
Indexp. 263
About the Editorp. 273
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