February 20, 2009

The California Consitutional Convention Summit

THE CALIFORNIA Constitutional Convention Summit website says, "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.

We believe it is our duty to declare that our California government is not only broken, it has become destructive to our future. It is time to repair our system of governance.

Our state’s founders gave us the tool to take this step — with a constitutional conve
ntion. We can either be led to a convention by our elected leaders in the Legislature, or we can bypass any gridlock in Sacramento with a “citizen’s Constitutional Convention.”

When we initially floated the idea of a convention, we were met by waves of support from the public and lots of interest from groups around the state. It is now time to take this concept to the next level.

We will be gathering the state’s top leaders to review research, discuss process, begin building a coalition to support a possible convention, and solicit ideas about what should be included in the convention."

The California Constitutional Convention Summit will be held Tuesday, February 24th from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. It is sponsored by the Bay Area Council. Review the agenda here and get email updates from the convention here.

I will be attending the Summit and reporting live from the floor (watch this blog and Twitter). One of the cool things about the summit is that it is featuring a unique technology that will allow audience members to send text messages to the speakers and other attendees. Comments and questions will be broadcast on screen as the presentation unfolds.

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