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Call for a New California Constitution: The California Constitutional Convention Summit, Feb. 24


The Bay Area Council, in partnership with the Courage Campaign, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and the New America Foundation, has called for a “summit” to consider the possibilities of calling a new Constitutional Convention for California.

The California Constitutional Convention Summit will take place Tues., Feb. 24, 2009 , 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.

From the website:

We believe California’s system of government is fundamentally broken. Our prisons overflow, our water system teeters on collapse, our once proud schools are criminally poor, our financing system is bankrupt, our democracy produces ideologically-extreme legislators that can pass neither budget nor reforms, and we have no recourse in the system to right these wrongs.

Drastic times call for drastic measures.

For more information contact Melanie Paulos at the Bay Area Council: 415.946.8725 or

5 thoughts on “Call for a New California Constitution: The California Constitutional Convention Summit, Feb. 24

  1. This is a very promising start toward a goal that should be fundamental to everyone who hopes to redeem California state government. If we don’t so something drastic, the “starve the beast” strategy will work, and we will be left with nothing but a privatized, decentralized, completely undemocratic system of “governance” in the place of a once functional government.
    My blog comment:

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  4. Californians are angry! I believe California’s system of government is fundamentally broken. It’s time to get involved.

    • We do have a crisis in California government that needs to be addressed, NOW!

      Our constitution will only pass a budget by a 2/3 vote, which actually gives controlling interest to the minority faction in the legislature, because it can hold the budget hostage until it gets what it wants. Second, because of term limits, there is no real leadership on either side of the isle. Where’s John Burton? Willie Brown? Those guys used to make closed-door compromises in late night “sessions” in cigar smoke filled rooms. Third, because of our initiative process, the small percentage of citizens who actually vote make most of the policies which control most of the money through elections. The whole legislative process is so messed up right now that we need a convention to create a new constitution that makes sense for the 8th largest economy in today’s world! Short of a new constitution, I think the best coarse is to make all necessary cuts to REALLY balance the budget – not do what they have done by shifting $ around, and borrowing from local communities. I’d rather they raise taxes, myself, but if that’s not possible, then cut, let people move in with family members, and let the suffering begin. The state will quickly become “dumber and sicker” as one analyst put it. Only then will people realize that new $ is needed to keep this state viable. One legislator said in the Times today, “If you can’t make the best possible deal, then make the best deal possible.” Maybe that’s what they did, under the circumstances, but BIG change is needed to our constitution. What can we do?

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