California Crackup

August 19th, 2010

The State of California was once a model of governance, creativity and infrastructure. In Joan Didion's words, it was a place where "the dream was teaching the dreamers how to live." Today it is a state in crises. A government and infrastructure arguably beyond repair. A political system paralyzed by partisan gridlock, self interest and the corruption of self serving public employee unions. Yet, when we look at the origins of the crises, it's fair to say that "we have seen the enemy and he is us." Two veteran California journalists, Joe Mathews and Mark Paul take an insightful look at and offer a comprehensive analysis of California's dysfunctional state. My conversation with Joe Mathews and Mark Paul: