California Dream

A statewide collaboration between Capital Public Radio, KQED, KPCC, KPBS and CALmatters focused on key issues of economic opportunity, quality of life and the future of the “California Dream.”

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The California Dream project is a statewide non-profit media collaboration focused on issues of economic opportunity, quality-of-life, and the future of the California Dream. 

Over the next two years, the collaboration will be sharing stories about housing, education, jobs, the wealth gap and more as it presents reporting on radio and television, online and through special programming.

Partner organizations include CalMattersCapital Public RadioKPBSKPCC and KQED.

Share your California dream. On Twitter, use the hashtag #CADream.

California’s Big City Mayors Say More Political Will Needed To Solve Homeless Crisis

November 16, 2018 | Chris Nichols

The California Dream project hosted a conversation with the mayors of four of California's largest cities about our crisis in homelessness and housing. Leaders say a $2 billion statewide measure to pay for homeless housing could be part of solution.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

State Government

​The New Normal In California’s Direct Democracy Process: Ballot Measures As Leverage

November 2, 2018 | Ben Adler

A 2014 state law opened up California’s direct democracy process to negotiations with the governor and Legislature. In doing so, it created a powerful new tool for interest groups.

Adrienne Hill / California Dream

How California Initiatives Went From 'Power To The People' To A Big Money Game

November 1, 2018

The story behind the California Lottery tells us a lot about the role of special interests in our direct democracy process.

Library of Congress / Courtesy

Who To Thank (Or Blame) For California’s Version Of Direct Democracy

October 31, 2018

How California came to have one of the most powerful, and least flexible initiative processes in the world.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

Homelessness: I Feel Your Pain, Or Do I?

September 17, 2018

As cities look for ways to tackle homelessness and the state pours half a billion dollars into finding solutions, one reporter looks at the science of empathy.

David Wagner/KPCC

Thousands Of Californians Are Working While Homeless, And Many Don't Want Their Boss To Know

September 4, 2018

California doesn’t define homelessness as a protected class in the workplace.

Metro - Los Angeles / Flickr

How A Transportation Safety Net Could Keep More People Off The Streets

August 30, 2018

Discounted transit fares and subsidies for new shared mobility tech, like scooters and ride-share, could help low-income people stay on their feet.

David Gorn / CALmatters

Towing Away Your Home

August 29, 2018

For thousands of homeless people living in their cars across California, impoundment can be the tipping point into joblessness and a life on the streets.

David Gorn / CALmatters

Targeting The Turning Point Of Eviction

August 28, 2018

For many in California, eviction may be the first step toward homelessness. And keeping people off the streets and in their home could be as simple as having an eviction lawyer.