You became a Californian because someone in your family believed in a dream. A strong public education. The promise of a job. The weather. (Ahhh, the weather.) In its long history, the California Dream has meant different things to different people. Today, the state’s identity is in marked contrast to the rest of the country. The dream may still be alive, but it’s challenged at every corner.
What does it mean today?
KPBS and mission-driven media organizations around the state will explore the California Dream starting this year. Reporters and producers will tell the personal stories and discuss the ideas that make up the history, future and current state of the California Dream.
- March 19
- Farida Jhabvala Romero/KQED
The current debate over immigration policies in the state has a striking resemblance to the experience of many people who fought the approval of Prop. 187, which sought to stem the influx of undocumented immigrants and their access to publicly funded services.
President Donald Trump gets a first-hand look at his border wall project, Qualcomm won't be under new ownership anytime soon, and the growing challenge of making it in California.
- March 15
- By Amita Sharma
California’s $2.75 trillion economy makes it the world’s sixth largest and is a source of pride for the state but that impressive ranking disguises an economic fault-line: The decline of the middle class.
- March 9
- David Wagner/KPCC
A sawmill worker discovers gold along the American River near Sacramento in 1848. Soon more than 300,000 people rush to California, eager to take big risks in the hopes of getting rich quick.
- March 1
- Ben Bradford/Capital Public Radio
With more than two dozen lawsuits against the federal administration and new laws designed to thwart federal immigration actions and environmental rollbacks, California has squarely established itself as the Democratic resistance to President Donald Trump.
- Feb. 15
- Matt Levin/CALMatters
No one has the exact same definition of the California dream. Ask the 39 million current Californians about what the dream should be, and aside from most of us agreeing that the daily temperature should dip no colder than the mid-50s, you’ll likely get 39 million very different answers.
- Feb. 14
Whether you’re looking for advice on where a family of four can afford to live in California, we want to know your questions about the costs of living in California. We’ll work to answer them as part of our ongoing California Dream collaboration.
- Feb. 12
- By KPBS News and KQED
California Dream is a new, statewide collaboration focused on key issues of economic opportunity, quality of life and the future of the “California Dream.” The project will launch Feb. 15 with a special statewide call-in show.