Over at Calbuzz they make the case for democracy,
“Since the 1978 passage of Proposition 13, when Sacramento took on the task of
managing the impact of property tax cuts … across the state, the on-the-fly reorganization of political and
financial relations between the Capitol and its provinces, coupled with a
decades-long binge of budgeting by ballot box, has steadily evolved into a
Byzantine patchwork of stunted and often self-canceling imperatives and
By now, democracy — in the sense of a government by, of and
for the people — has become so completely distorted, perverted and corrupted in
California that tinkering, however well-intentioned, is not enough. It’s not
about “blowing up boxes,” as Arnold famously, and demagogically, promised to do.
It’s about dismantling and rebuilding democratic government based on three key
values: accountability, trust and modern, measurable performance of the people
and programs funded by taxpayers.
[. . .] Specific solutions aside for now, fixing the fetid mess in Sacramento will
require the commitment, not just of politicians who see the writing on the wall,
but also of the mainstream media, which has nurtured widespread ignorance about
the business of state politics and government by systematically ignoring it: Not
a single TV station from a major California city has a bureau there.
of all, it will require the involvement of taxpaying citizens, who must bear
responsibility for choices that have yielded harmful, if unintended, political
“We need a citizen-induced fix,” as Wunderman puts it:
“California government is not only broken, it has become destructive to our
Go read, at Calbuzz.