Podcast: Fixing What's Broken

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There's an awful lot of discussion these days about what's broken in California's system of government, and no shortage of ideas on how to fix it. But what is in short supply: consensus on how to do so.

This week, a special edition of the Capital Notes Podcast: a conversation between some potent notables in state political circles, recorded for an episode of KQED Public Television's This Week program entitled "Broken California."

You'll hear a lively chat featuring Susan Kennedy, former gubernatorial chief of staff; former state Senate leader Don Perata; political analyst Dan Schnur; and journalist and reform advocate Mark Paul.

(Thanks to my TV colleagues for letting us bring this to you as a podcast; between reporting duties and Veteran's Day child care needs, the usual journalists roundtable wasn't in the cards.)

If you'd like to weigh in with your ideas about how to fix what's broken in California governance and politics, follow the conversation through Twitter, or feel free to comment below.

You can also see what some folks are saying through a compilation of tweets in Storify.

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About John Myers

John Myers is senior editor of KQED's new multimedia California Politics & Government Desk.  He has covered California politics for most of the past two decades -- serving previously as Sacramento bureau chief for KQED News and, most recently, as political editor for KXTV News10 (ABC) in Sacramento. He moderated the only gubernatorial debate of 2014, and was named one of the nation's top statehouse reporters by The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @johnmyers.
  • Peter Lorenzo

    To fix CA permanently we must revisit Prop 13. While there is a problem or two with the home owner tax just touching that would sink any hope of change so we should just concentrate on commercial tax inequities allowing local jurisdictions to collect the needed revnues to pay for the burdens the state is forcing upon them.

  • Anonymous

    ca. government is a sore for almost all of its population! so many issues need to be addressed that it’s not funny. so, why not start from scratch! take 6 months or a year, and work out a plan. evaluate all that’s wrong and fix them. start with the gov. it self. salaries, offices, planes, vehicles being driven home, stuff like that. then move on to welfare, taxes, illegal immigrants, how many people it takes to do one job. the list can go on! but, if done the right way, it can work. put shorter timelines for welfare, green card workers an so forth. crack down harder on illegal immigration, stop supporting foreigners with our money!!! don’t put a road here if it serves no purpose! reorganization can work if done the right way. and not one person should try and benefit for themselves. after all of  the revamping is done, file chapter 13! it’s the only logical solution! now, we can start from scratch as long as the politicians don’t screw it up again. however, this time, let the people vote on everything, not just some, but everything! there’s to many laws and idea’s that are passed without the people having a chance to vote. that has to stop! there’s one other thing, high property tax and car tax isn’t the answer, learning what to spend is!