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.

David Wagner / KPCC

Living In California Can Give Asylum Seekers An Advantage, If Housing Costs Don't Push Them Out

January 9, 2019

California’s high cost of living can drive today’s migrants away from the very areas providing the most help.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Food and Sustainability

How To Become A Farmer In California? Get A Mentor

December 18, 2018 | Julia Mitric

For only the second time in a century, the number of U.S. farmers under age 35 is increasing. New farmers in California are quickly realizing being good at growing kale isn’t enough to keep a farm afloat. Could business mentorship programs help?

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.