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.

Amita Sharma / KPBS

The Risks Of Energy Efficient Loans

November 27, 2018

Lenders are selling seniors on the idea of home renovation work; sometimes homeowners don’t realize they’ve taken on debt until it’s too late.

Amita Sharma / KPBS

Pricey Real Estate Prompts Scammers To Target Senior Homeowners

November 26, 2018

Amid California’s record-shattering housing prices, the state’s senior homeowners are sitting on a gold mine. That’s made them marks for con artists.

Chris Bruno /  CapRadio

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.