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.

Sean Havey for California Dream

Insight With Beth Ruyak

Graying California: Two Portraits Of How The Golden State Is Dealing With Its Aging Population

April 24, 2019

CapRadio’s healthcare reporter Sammy Caiola and food and sustainability reporter Julia Mitric talk about their stories in the Graying California series. They profile pianist Cliff Shockney and farming couple Alan Haight and Jo McProud

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

State Government

Gavin Newsom Filled His First 100 Days As California Governor With Splashy Announcements. Not All Are As Bold As They Appeared.

April 17, 2019 | Ben Adler

It’s been a high-profile first 100 days for California’s 40th governor. But in some cases, the substance of Gavin Newsom’s actions has yet to match the sizzle.

Vanessa Rancaño / KQED

Are California Schools Undercounting Homeless Students?

March 13, 2019

A quarter of schools in the state have not identified a single homeless student. What does it take to get it right?

Amita Sharma

More Retirees Find Themselves Taking Care Of Mom And Dad

February 25, 2019

People are living longer compared to decades ago, spawning a trend: Senior citizens taking care of their very elderly parents.

Matt Tinoco / KPCC

Frustrated With The Slow Response Of Government, Californians Are Serving Their Homeless Neighbors Themselves

February 13, 2019

Around the state, concerned neighbors are becoming homeless rights advocates and service providers.

David Wagner/KPCC

Middle-Class Californians: Here’s What’s In Gov. Newsom’s Budget For You

February 11, 2019

Health insurance and higher education could become more affordable — but probably not the cost of caring for aging family members.

Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio (top) and Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio (bottom)

State Government

In Style And Substance, Gavin Newsom Goes His Own Way

February 7, 2019 | Ben Adler

Gavin Newsom is proving to be a very different California governor than Jerry Brown. At least, the second Gov. Jerry Brown.