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.

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The Takeaway From The Sudden Death Of California's Most Controversial Housing Bill In Years

April 18, 2018

The most controversial state housing bill in recent memory died with a pretty resounding thud.

Elizabeth Aguilera / CALmatters

What Ice Cream Flavors Can Teach Us About The Changing California Dream

April 12, 2018

A scoop of horchata or matcha green tea would have been all but impossible to find in decades past. Now, they're part of the evolving dream for some California businesses — and the families they serve.

Amita Sharma / KPBS

Having A Job (Or Two, Or Three) Doesn't Mean You Can Afford To Live In California

April 9, 2018

Chad Bordes is 46 and has an MBA. But between high rents and student loan debt, he's struggling.

Automobile Club of Southern California Archives

How California Car Culture Killed The Promise Of A 20-Minute Commute

April 5, 2018

California went big on freeways during the postwar years, but the days of easy driving and the lifestyle it enabled didn't last long.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

For Many Immigrants From Mexico, Farm Work Is Still The Only Way To The California Dream

March 29, 2018 | Julia Mitric

Like generations before then, immigrant farm workers toil in California’s fields to open a path out of poverty for their children.

Students Rejected From A UC Or CSU Are Leaving California In Droves — And May Never Come Back

March 23, 2018

The University of California and Cal State are both struggling to find space for qualified residents at overcrowded campuses, and tens of thousands of eligible students will be turned away.

Patrick Tehan/Mercury News

State Government

How California Went From Anti-Immigration To 'Sanctuary State'

March 15, 2018

The current debate over immigration policies in the state has a striking resemblance to the experience of many people who fought the approval of Prop. 187.

Library of Congress

Risk Takers Still See Golden Opportunities In California

March 12, 2018

California’s early history redefined how Americans saw failure and success. Today, the state’s economy continues to benefit from entrepreneurs eager to take big chances.

Maynard L. Parker, photographer. Courtesy of The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

California’s Middle Class Is In Decline, Despite The State’s Immense Wealth

March 8, 2018

California’s $2.75 trillion economy makes it the world’s sixth largest and is a source of pride for the state. But that impressive ranking disguises an economic fault-line: The decline of the middle class.

Courtesy, Office of Governor Jerry Brown

State Government

How The Home Of Reagan Turned Into The Trump Resistance

March 1, 2018 | Ben Bradford

Immigration and the Latino vote swayed the state away from GOP support toward the liberal Democratic Party agenda.