Pema Levy

Pema Levy is an assistant editor at The American Prospect.

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Can California Be Fixed?

The Prospect talks to Repair California, the coalition attempting to call a constitutional convention in the country's messiest democracy.

State Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, during the early morning hours at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
The recession has left California, the most populous state in the U.S. and the eighth largest economy in the world, reeling. The latest budget cuts $8.5 billion from education and $2.3 billion from health care. California's governance problems, however, reach back decades; ever since 1978, Proposition 13 has capped property taxes. The fiscal situation is made even more dysfunctional by the requirement that two-thirds of the state Legislature approve any budget, giving the Republican minority disproportionate power. In the coming weeks, the coalition Repair California will begin the official process of calling a state constitutional convention, submitting ballot-initiative language to Attorney General Jerry Brown's office. Repair California proposes to restructure government through a state constitutional convention. The Prospect talked to John Grubb, official spokesperson for Repair California, about the crisis in California and the emerging movement to reform government. The Prospect...