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.
- Nov. 16
- California Dream
Join us Friday, Nov. 16, for a wide-ranging conversation with the mayors of four of California's largest cities about our crisis in homelessness and housing. Hear what they're doing at a local level and what else they think California can do to help those struggling to get by.
- Nov. 7
- By KPBS News
In collaboration with the California Dream project, join us for a live, statewide call-in radio show on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon. We’ll get reaction to the 2018 midterm election results from political reporters around the state and from listeners like you.
- Nov. 5
- Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio
A 2014 state law opened up California’s direct democracy process to negotiations with the governor and Legislature. In doing so, it created a powerful new tool for interest groups.
- Nov. 2
- Meghan McCarty Carino/KPCC
The story behind the California Lottery tells us a lot about the role of special interests in our direct democracy process.
- Nov. 1
- Scott Shafer/KQED
According to a 2016 analysis from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Prop. 13 has led to vastly different property tax assessments within counties, or even blocks, depending on how long the home has been owned.
- Nov. 1
- Meghan McCarty Carino/ KPCC
How California came to have one of the most powerful, and least flexible initiative processes in the world.
- Oct. 31
- David Wagner/KPCC
In 2020, California voters could raise property tax bills for their business-owning neighbors.
- Oct. 30
- Matt Levin/CALmatters
California, and particularly the Bay Area, hasn’t built enough housing to keep up with demand. By one estimate from the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the state needs to build 1.8 million units over the next seven years just to keep pace with population growth. Right now, California isn’t close to building that quickly.
- Oct. 29
- Vanessa Rancaño/KQED
When Sarah and Charles Woodson moved into their middle-class North Oakland neighborhood, their son was just a baby, but their new neighbors already had questions about his education.
- Oct. 29
- By Amita Sharma
The state’s affordability crisis has prompted vows from gubernatorial candidates Gavin Newsom and John Cox to reignite the California Dream.
- Oct. 26
- Matt Levin/ CALmatters
Jas and Don live just around the corner from each other. Their houses are worth the same. Is it fair that she pays far more in taxes?
- Oct. 25
- Chris Nichols/Capital Public Radio
40 years ago California voters passed Proposition 13. The election reshaped the California dream for generations.
- Oct. 18
Voters have fewer propositions to sift through than two years ago, but will be asked to vote on 11 statewide ballot measures this fall. Among them, Californians will decide whether local governments should be able to expand rent control, whether to retain the gas tax, and if the state should only sell cage-free eggs.
- Oct. 8
- AirTalk, KPCC
In collaboration with the California Dream project, AirTalk hosts a live statewide call-in show featuring analysis and voter reaction to the debate.
- Oct. 8
- Guy Marzorati / KQED
California's two gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox are set to square off head-to-head for the first (and probably only) time at 10 a.m. Monday in a debate on KQED's Forum program. The debate will also be carried on KPBS, 89.5 FM.