June 24, 2009

CALIFORNIA V2.0: THE CONTINUING CONVERSATION ON THE IDEA OF A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION IN CALIFORNIA

FACED WITH a deepening budget crisis and a paralyzed political system, a growing number of Californians have concluded that their government needs a complete overhaul. The New America Foundation sponsored an event, "California v2.0: The Road to Fundamental Reform," to bring together the leaders of the reform movement and citizens to explore different paths to fundamental change, and to discuss some ideas for creating “California v 2.0,” an upgraded political system that meets the challenges of the 21st century.

According to Steven Hill, Director, Political Reform Program of the New America Foundation, "The room was overflowing, with 200 people, plus about a hundred more watched it live through our live webcast. There was a crackling sense of excitement in the room as people begin to contemplate what a constitutional convention could mean for California, as well as the historical sense of responsibility for creating a new future – California 2.0."



Also, you can read Steven Hill's oped piece on the subject of a convention by clicking here.

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