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Reformers Team Up for November Ballot

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Advocates for major government reform have long lamented that if only they could find the financial backing for a political campaign, the voters would ratify changes to help end California’s dysfunction. Now, it looks as though the white knight has … Continue reading »


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, … Continue reading »


Poll: Longer Legislative Terms, Stronger Initiative System

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If a unique gathering of Californians for a weekend full of talks about government proved anything, it may be that the best chance for consensus lies in the what’s most absent in politics: substantive dialogue. On the last weekend in … Continue reading »


Ex-Legislators: Why Go Home?

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One of the essential selling points of California’s move toward term limits for legislators two decades ago was that, by serving shorter terms, more citizen legislators would be elected who would do their time in Sacramento and go home. But … Continue reading »


Does California Need A Budget Cop?

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The one thing that the recent debate over who gets to call a California budget balanced has shown… is that perhaps the old system has finally run its course. For generations, legislators and governors promised that the state’s fiscal plan … Continue reading »


Take It to the Limit... and Beyond?

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The television ad features a portly man at a restaurant table, being brought plate after plate of heaping portions, as the announcer mockingly says, “Tell him it’s time the people took control of gluttonous government spending.” The commercial aired in … Continue reading »


You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine

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Newcomers to California barely get their bags unpacked when someone, somewhere, starts griping about how the state is so big or its citizens so disagreeable that we ought to just crack it up into smaller pieces and go our own … Continue reading »


Brown's Government Rework Needs Money

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There are few things that could be called simple about Governor Jerry Brown’s quest to shift a number of programs from the state to locals, but here’s one… and it’s a biggie: money. More specifically: how’s it going to be … Continue reading »


Brown, Whitman Lukewarm on Reform

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California simply needs a strong leader to solve what’s ailing it; that’s the implicit message of both of the major candidates for governor. Trouble is, voters have heard the same assessment of the problems before… and yet the problems persist. … Continue reading »


Citizen Initiatives?

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Might one of the fixes to what ails California’s ballot initiative process be a second, and separate, system of ballot measures that makes it easier for grassroots groups and ordinary citizens to compete? That was one of the more novel, … Continue reading »