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.
- July 4
- Ben Christopher / CalMatters
Facing a dozen measures on their November ballot, voters will be asked to decide the fate of hot issues from taxes to rent control, bail to privacy, and more.
- June 15
- By Associated Press
The proposed ballot measure would repeal the controversial voter-approved statewide ban that's been blamed for a decline in diversity in the prestigious university system.
- Jan. 8
- Farida Jhabvala Romero/KQED
As a greater proportion of college-educated immigrants flock to California, they face barriers to getting good jobs — a “brain waste” estimated to cost California and other states billions of dollars per year in lost individual earnings and tax revenues.
As a veteran California Capitol reporter leaves the beat, he digs back into his reporter’s notebook to reflect on our growing polarization. His takeaway? Just because you disagree with someone’s political views, it doesn’t make them a bad person.
- Jan. 2
- Vanessa Rancano/KQED News
Recruiting male teachers of color is one thing. Getting them to stay is another.
- Dec. 31, 2019
- Vanessa Rancano / KQED News
Three-quarters of California students are of color. For these students, having a teacher of color, who has high expectations, can relate to their experiences, and serve as a role model could make a big difference.
- Dec. 27, 2019
- David Wagner / KPCC
Officials are looking to cities like Chicago for lessons on how to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.
- Dec. 3, 2019
- By Claire Trageser
In recent decades, the city has been changing — it's now home to one of the largest populations in the country of Chaldeans, a persecuted religious and ethnic minority from Iraq.
- Nov. 7, 2019
- By Max Rivlin-Nadler
A private Tijuana university offers a business degree in English that's become a low-cost alternative for American students. A growing number of U.S. students are crossing into Mexico to pursue college degrees at CETYS.
- Nov. 6, 2019
- Erika Mahoney / KAZU Public Radio
At least three of 10 school districts in Santa Cruz County are exploring the option of building below-market homes for teachers and staff on school district property. In neighboring Monterey County, at least two districts out of 34 are also looking into the idea.
- Nov. 6, 2019
- Scott Rodd/Capital Public Radio
Riverside County first to allow amateur chefs to welcome diners into their homes or offer take-out foods.
- Nov. 5, 2019
- Matt Tinoco / KPCC
As more than 100,000 people find homes on California’s sidewalks, roadways and parks, the costs mount for local and state governments.
- Oct. 30, 2019
- Matt Levin / CALmatters
The checkered past and promising future of pre-fab housing.
- Oct. 24, 2019
- By Claire Trageser
A few weeks ago, PG&E cut power to more than 700,000 customers. At the time, politicians and pundits pointed to SDG&E, which shut off electricity to about 500 customers, as a better example of wildfire preparedness.
- Oct. 21, 2019
- Sammy Caiola / Capital Public Radio
Amador is one of six California counties without a physical community college. It also struggles to recruit mental health providers. A small online learning program could offer a solution to both problems.