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  •  The state has never recovered from Proposition 13 (3+ / 0-)
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    I lived in California at that time and California had one of the best education systems in the world.  The problems come from the initiatives.  If you have a proposition asking the public if they want more money, it is likely to pass. At the same time they pass initiatives for unfunded programs.  This is why direct democracy is a bad idea.

    •  Reform of the initiative system (1+ / 0-)
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      Is one of the major goals that we hope might come from a Constitutional Convention.

      There is a God, but he got an MBA. How else can you explain our world?

      by Aeolus on Sun Jul 19, 2009 at 09:10:23 AM PDT

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      •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

        Whatever else is reformed, revenue and initiatives have to be addressed. Ideally, that would mean dumping prop 13 and ballot initiatives altogether, but I would settle for Proposition 13 being amended to not apply to non-residential property and tax votes to 55% and for ballot initiatives to require a "quorum" of 50% turnout to count.

        I think we would also do well (and this won't be popular) to dramatically increase the number of assembly members to about 350 so there's just about one for every 100,000 people, and have the lower house elected by proportional representation. But, I know that won't happen.....

        Live from the ochlocracy of California.

        by Attorney at Arms on Sun Jul 19, 2009 at 02:30:29 PM PDT

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