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.

Nic McVicker / KPBS

California’s High Rent Leaves Many One Crisis Away From Financial Ruin

May 29, 2018

The state’s notoriously high housing costs are gobbling up paychecks, leaving many teetering on the brink of financial disaster.

David Wagner / KPCC

Is California’s High Cost Of Housing Scaring Off Job Seekers?

May 24, 2018

California employers and job recruiters find it tough to lure out-of-state workers at a time when unemployment rates are falling and housing prices are rising.

Matt Levin / CALmatters

What Half A Million Buys You Around California (And How It Shapes Where We Move)

May 17, 2018

Here’s a tour of what $500,000 gets you around our state — and how cost has shaped where we’re moving.

Amita Sharma / KPBS

The Only City In California To Solve Veteran Homelessness Is On A Mission To Go Bigger

May 10, 2018

According to the the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the Southern California city of Riverside is the only one in the state to place all of its veterans in permanent housing.

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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.