California comeback : how a "failed state" became a model for the nation / Narda Zacchino, with Christopher Scheer.
- First edition.
- New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
328 pages ; 25 cm
- California -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Political planning -- California.
Politics and government.
- An in-depth look at California's remarkable twenty-first-century turnaround, focusing on the role played by the state government and Governor Jerry Brown. In the most economically important state in the country--and the seventh-largest economy in the world--a political revolution of national importance is under way. In the state where the Reagan Revolution was born, a remarkable progressive resurgence has occurred under the leadership of returning four-term Democratic governor Jerry Brown. Over the past several decades, as it has evolved from a red state to solid blue, California has boldly reinvigorated the notion that government is not a dirty word but rather an instrument for uniting people and improving their lives. From raising taxes on those with annual incomes over $250,000 to shifting money toward schools in low-income communities to the rejection of militaristic solutions to illegal immigration, California has become a laboratory of innovation. Now veteran journalist Narda Zacchino, who covered the state's evolution as a top journalist for more than three decades, lays out the history of California's stunning turnabout. She traces its initial experiments with New Deal progressivism under Governor Pat Brown, its swing to the right under Reagan, its near financial collapse under Arnold Schwarzenegger, and its rebirth as a leader of economic and cultural vitality--bolstered by the progressive policies made possible by the second coming of Jerry Brown. California's overwhelmingly progressive mindset, forged in the crucible of the tumultuous last half century, is its true contribution not only to the country but also to the world.--Adapted from dust jacket.
- The California dream
The pendulum swings right
Moonbeam to laser beam
The Enron assault
A tale of two states
Gold rush, fracking, and electric cars
Crime and punishment
To teach his own
Jerry Brown 2.0
The pendulum swings left.
- Incldues bibliographical references (pages 281-308) and index.
- Scheer, Christopher, author.
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