On the topic of rewriting California’s constitution, Robert Cruickshank, of the Courage Campaign, has written an online blog for the Courage Campaign, which has been republished by the California Progress Report. From the blog:
The spectacle of Abel Maldonado blackmailing the Legislature to accede to his demands as the price of passing a budget last week showed the need to eliminate the 2/3 rule. It is the first change, the tree that blocks the tracks, the door that opens that path to all other changes. But it has become clear that California needs even deeper reform to solve the present crisis and meet the needs of a 21st century state. Periods of major economic change usually are accompanied by constitutional change – hell, even the US Constitution itself owes its existence to the severe economic crisis of the 1780s, one of the worst in American history.
That’s why the Courage Campaign, where I work as Public Policy Director, is joining the Bay Area Council and a diverse coalition of organizations to sponsor a Constitutional Convention Summit on Tuesday in Sacramento (you can register at Repair California).