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

Robert Unser had four PACE loans and four liens on his San Diego home, Sept. 27, 2018. PHOTO BY AMITA SHARMA/KPBS.
Carol and George Law received fliers twice offering to buy their one-acre vacant lot in San Diego County for $800 in cash. Photo by Amira Sharma, KPBS

Funding for the California Dream Project is provided by:

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

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