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What's Next California?

Friday, June 24, 2011 - 3:00pm

We face historic challenges at a time when our state is increasingly thought to be ungovernable. Our outmoded system of government is crippling our ability to deliver basic services to the Californians who create our extraordinary productivity and prosperity – and undercutting our ability to plan and invest for the future. There are plenty of proposals for reform, but the public is often distrustful of those who offer them. It's time to change the process.

‘They’re Teaching Themselves About the Issues’

June 26, 2011

At this weekend's "What's Next California?" deliberative poll, nearly 400 participants dug deep into the initiative process, tax policy, state/local governance and legislative representation.  But as the Center for Deliberative Democracy's Jim Fishkin explains in this video, "What's Next California?" also gave participants a chance to learn from one another -- and to talk politics with Californians who bring very different views and experiences to the conversation.

Live Webcast: What's Next California Press Conference

June 24, 2011

Watch video direct from Torrance, CA, kicking off the What's Next California Deliberative Poll, today at 2:30 p.m. PST. Speakers include New America board member Lenny Mendonca:

A True California Conversation

June 21, 2011

There are more than 400 Californians expected to take part in this weekend's What's Next California? Deliberative Poll. As the map below shows, they come from all parts of the state -- urban and rural, rich and poor, from Alameda to Yuba City.

Mouse over any dot below to learn more about the diversity of Deliberative Poll participants. (If nothing pops up, zoom in on the map -- that means there are multiple participants in close proximity!)

What's Next, California?

May 31, 2011

The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. The foundation emphasizes work that is responsive to the changing conditions and problems of our 21st Century information-age economy — an era shaped by transforming innovation and wealth creation, but also by shortened job tenures, longer life spans, mobile capital, financial imbalances and rising inequality. 

Stop Blaming the Republicans

February 17, 2011
(cross posted at Fox & Hounds Daily)

The emerging media and political narrative around the Brown budget plan puts the blame on legislative Republicans. Why won't they play ball? Why won't they fall in line? Why don't they support tax hikes - or at least putting tax extensions on the ballot?

The answer is: they don't have any reason to do so.

Republicans, in opposing taxes in any form, are doing what they were elected to do.

I Cry for Don Perata

November 23, 2010
(cross posted at Fox & Hounds Daily)

It is terrible what happened to Don Perata in the race for Oakland mayor.

Did you hear? The man who ruled the state senate lost his bid to be mayor of Oakland. And it’s just so unfair, as many of Perata’s supporters have made clear. Perata’s consultant John Whitehurst declared that the election outcome had been “an injustice, and Oakland will pay the price.”

Herding Donkeys

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 6:00pm

Join the New America Foundation and The Nation Institute in a conversation with Christopher Hayes and Ari Berman about Berman's new book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Launch of the World's First Virtual Constitutional Convention

Friday, October 8, 2010 - 12:00pm

California's governance crisis is at the very root of the state's economic and fiscal problems. And at the very foundation of the crisis is our own state Constitution. Thanks to numerous amendments by multiple ballot initiatives, the California Constitution is a bloated 65,000 words. In contrast, the U.S. Constitution is a svelte 8,500 words.

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