I am in Sacramento today at what’s being billed as a summit of reformers interested in convening a California Constitutional convention.
The event centers around the question: Has California become ungovernable?
Countless examples suggest that it may be true: Major structural budget problems, water, healthcare and prisons, just to name a few. Competing interest groups coupled with partisan gridlock and the sheer size of the problems has conspired to
Ideas include stripping the two-thirds vote threshold to pass a budget, instant run-off for state officeholders, open primaries, unicameral or parliamentary-style legislature, ending term limits, along with campaign finance and initiative reforms.
I’ll be here all day and I’ll report back later on some of the more interesting ideas and who wants to do what.