What Ever Happened to the California Dream?

You became a Californian because someone in your family believed in a dream. The promise of a job with a salary they could raise a family on. A strong public education from elementary school through college. The weather. (Ahhh, the weather). But for Californians from all walks of life, there’s an increasingly pervasive feeling that achieving the California dream is just harder than it used to be.

CALmatters and the public radio stations Capital Public Radio, KPBS, KPCC and KQED are collaborating to tell different stories of today’s California dream: issues of economic opportunity, qualify-of-life, and the future of making it in the Golden State. Below is a collection of work we’ve already done, and a look at what’s to come.

California Dream Project Partners

The Latest

Michael Weinstein, center, at an AIDS march in 2012 with comedian Margaret Cho, right, and musician Wyclef Jean, left. Photo by Elvert Barnes/Creative Commons
Cheryl Taylor talks about what it’s like to live on the streets of San Diego, among the California locales where empathy toward homelessness is an open question. Photo by Katie Schoolov

Listen to the Stories

Deep Dives

Prop 13

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2018 Election

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Funding for the California Dream Project is provided by:

California Dream stories appear in Digital First newspapers across the state:

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