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Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public Good Paperback – May 1, 2010
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''Here's everything you ever wanted to know...diagnoses of what ails California and remedies of every sort...It's a terrific resource for anyone--student, policy maker, political scientist, philosopher--who wants as much as you can jam into one comprehensive volume, and then some.''--Peter Schrag, author of Paradise Lost and Not Fit for Our Society
''California has become a beached whale. Remaking California summons all available hands to its rescue.'' --David Kipen, National Book Critics Circle
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Lustig and the contributors he has chosen give us a thumbnail sketch of the state's history. California was a recognized leader among US states from its gilded founding through at least the 1960's; its infrastructure, its education (especially higher) system and its booming postwar (postwar may be a term we no longer need) economy surpassed all others. But California has one of the more unusual constitutions in that it is relatively easily amended by popular initiative. There is no requirement that initiatives be vetted to shed light on how they will interact with the overall body of California law or on what their long term effects will be. Thus, beginning in 1979 when the massive property tax cutting Proposition 13 took effect, halving local tax receipts, the state began a virtual orgy of changing, piecemeal and without coherence, the way governments at all levels within the state function.Read more ›
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i was afraid this book would make me more cynical about california's prospects, but by covering well-thought-out proposals for reform and the means by which they could be achieved,... Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by A. Brick
This book is difficult to read cover to cover and is not meant to be read that way. It should be read in segments. Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by Tyler Sheets