July 18, 2009 @ USC
Southern California Constitutional Convention Town Hall Meeting
Panel: "What are California's Problems From Different Vantage Points"
Rick Jacobs (moderator)
Founder and Chair, Courage Campaign
The Honorable Kevin de Leon
California Assemblymember, 45th AD
The Honorable Eric Garcetti*
Los Angeles City Council President, Council District 13
Executive Director, California Common Cause
The failure of the recent California budget propositions and current fiscal crisis have highlighted California’s drastic dysfunction – our financing system is bankrupt, our prisons overflow, our water system teeters on collapse, our once proud schools are criminally poor, and we have no recourse in the system to right these wrongs. Most of these problems are a byproduct of the outdated system and rules of governance enshrined in our current constitution.
California’s constitution was always meant to be a living document that could adjust to the times, but it hasn’t been systematically reformed since 1879. Our constitution needs serious structural reforms, chosen and authorized by the people, and a Constitutional Convention is the only politically viable means to achieve those reforms.
The Southern California Constitutional Convention Town Hall focused on introducing and educating the community to the concept and gathering feedback from the public. Featuring panels of elected officials, issues experts, and community leaders, this event was be Southern Californian residents’ first major opportunity to learn and ask questions about this powerful method to reform the state, and give input into a process that could profoundly affect California for generations to come.
Current Town Hall Sponsoring Organizations: William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI), the Bay Area Council, the Courage Campaign, Asian American Action Fund, the City Project, Mexican American Political Association (MAPA), National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), the New America Foundation, the USC Bedrosian Center, and the USC Unruh Institute.