While Tuesday's kick-off meeting in Sacramento was attended by around 300 leaders who paid $89 to get in, the crowd was mostly white (5 people of color), older and mostly male from Northern California.
Additional summits are planned for Southern California in the near future. Let's hope the good work of the Council can be made more effective by attracting a more diverse crowd.
If you are interested in reading a couple of documents from the convention, there are two great presentations posted on the summit site - one is the presentation on recent polling that was done for the Council. It shows that 82% of the people think our state is on the wrong track. Additionally, it presents information on what people think about the state's economy, its leadership and the idea of a Constitutional Convention.
The other document (Process Presentation) offers a possible road map for actually holding a Constitutional Convention. The Power Point slides offer the results of a great deal of research on the topic. Did you know, for example, that the one and only convention this state ever had was over 125 years ago - while some states actually vote on holding a convention every ten years?
Good stuff - and more is promised in the next few days. If you want to see how the press covered the summit, here is a partial listing of media stories including Jim Wunderman's Opinion Editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Citizens push for overhaul of California government
Los Angeles Times, February 25, 2009
Effort seeks to scrap two-thirds vote rule
San Francisco Chronicle, February 25, 2009
Reformers debate rewriting California Constitution
Associated Press, February 25, 2009
State reformers meet to transform discontent into change
The Oakland Tribune, February 25, 2009
Council expanding push for constitutional convention
Los Angeles Business, February 25, 2009
Is California ready for a constitutional convention?
Press Democrat, February 25, 2009
Drive to overhaul state constitution builds
Ventura County Star, February 25, 2009
Push for State Constitutional Convention
KQED: The California Report, February 25, 2009
The Wall Street Journal, February 24, 2009
Activists Push for a CA Constitutional Convention
KCBS, February 24, 2009
Capital Public Radio, February 24, 2009