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California Constitutional Convention

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Most Californians believe the state is headed in the wrong direction. Over the last two decades, as California has lurched from budget crisis to policy gridlock, a growing number of Californians across the political spectrum have concluded that only fundamental reform will put the state back on the right track. One way for California's citizens to enact substantive reform is through a Constitutional Convention.

What kind of change does California need? On this page you will find resources, discussion and links to the best ideas from New America and elsewhere for political reform and for addressing the budget crisis.

For more information about the proposal for a Constitutional Convention, what it means, and how it would work, click here.


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A Constitutional Convention: The Big Picture

Yes, Virginia, "Average" Californians Can Manage a Constitutional Convention
By Steven Hill, New America Foundation
Sacramento Bee | August 2, 2009

A Citizens Constitutional Convention for California: How to Avoid Partisanship and Special Interests
This report, written by New America's Steven Hill, provides crucial details about how a constitutional convention composed of "citizen delegates" could work, including numerous case studies in which citizen delegates have been used to advance solutions to contentious issues such as post-Katrina redevelopment, tax reform, health care, housing and more.

Crucial Details of a California Constitutional Convention
This report, written by New America's Steven Hill, describes potential methods for delegate selection, examines the scope of issues that would be considered, and discusses opportunities for public participation.

The Big Constitutional Convention Question: Who's Going to Fix California?
By Steven Hill, New America Foundation
Los Angeles Times | June 22, 2009

California v 2.0: The Roads to Fundamental Reform
A New America Foundation event providing a comprehensive yet succinct overview of some of the essential questions about a Constitutional Convention

 

Is it Time for a California Constitutional Convention?
KALW Radio Program featuring Steven Hill, Director, Political Reform Program

Constitutional Convention: What History Teaches
By Steven Hill, New America Foundation
Sacramento Bee | March 21, 2009

Ideas for Political Reform

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Proportional Representation

Now's the Time to Think of Ideas for a New State Government System
By Micah Weinberg, New America Foundation
San Jose Mercury News | February 4, 2009

Remapping a Nation without States
Personalized Full Representation for California's 21st Century
By Mark Paul, Micah Weinberg , New America Foundation
New America Foundation | November 19, 2008
Read the abbreviated report by clicking on the link above; the full report can be found here.

Let's Give a Swift Kick to the Rumpocracy
State Politics Shutting Out Many Millions
By Steven Hill, New America Foundation
San Francisco Chronicle | January 29, 2007

Instant Runoff Voting/Ranked Choice Voting

Instant Runoff Voting
By Blair Bobier, New America Foundation
Los Angeles Times | December 10, 2008

Report Card for Ranked-Choice Voting
By Steven Hill, New America Foundation
San Francisco Chronicle | December 9, 2008

Catching on to Instant Runoff Voting
By Steven Hill, New America Foundation
Sacramento Bee | January 14, 2007

Top two/open primary

Pros and Cons of a Top-Two Primary
By Steven Hill, New America Foundation
Los Angeles Times | February 20, 2009

Test Raises Caution Flag on 'Top Two' Primary
By Steven Hill, New America Foundation
Sacremento Bee | January 31, 2009

Ideas for Budget Reform

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How did California's Budget Mess Happen?
KALW Radio Program featuring Mark Paul, Senior Scholar, New America Foundation

The 'Something for Nothing' State
By Mark Paul, New America Foundation
Los Angeles Times | January 20, 2008

Lies Sacramento Tells Itself
Three Myths Obscure the Unpleasant Truth about the State's Budget Problems
By Mark Paul, New America Foundation
Los Angeles Times | February 17, 2008

Why the State Budget Never Adds Up
By Mark Paul, New America Foundation
Los Angeles Times | June 29, 2008

How should delegates be chosen?

The Big Constitutional Convention Question: Who's Going to Fix California?
By Steven Hill, New America Foundation
Los Angeles Times | June 22, 2009

Citizens Assembly
An Effective Vehicle for Political Reform

Let the Citizens Gather to Decide on State Reforms
By Steven Hill, New America Foundation
Sacramento Bee | September 28, 2008

New America Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for California Citizens
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