The campaign to hold a statewide constitutional convention fizzled out last February. That’s when Repair California, the bi-partisan organization behind the bid, ran out of funds and announced their efforts would have to be put on hold.
This Saturday, statewide leaders from both sides of the aisle will be coming together at San Jose State University to discuss fixing California’s broken government. Titled “Reviving California Community Summit,” the public event will focus on re-building momentum for comprehensive reform.
Bruce McPherson, the former State Senator and Secretary of State, has been holding onto the convention torch. A liberal Republican and longtime publisher of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, he will be speaking out on Saturday in support of serious changes to how Sacramento does business.
“Things are badly broken here in California. The root cause is a flawed budget system,” McPherson said during a March 22 joint legislative hearing.
Fred Keeley, the treasurer of Santa Cruz County and a former Democratic assembly member, will also be sharing his ideas at the event.
Other speakers will include Jim Mayer, the Executive Director of California Forward, Betty Yee of the California State Board of Equalization, Kathay Feng of California Common Cause, Anu Natarajan, a program director at Reviving California and Thad Kousser, a political science professor and Hoover Institution fellow.
The free public event will take place from 9am to 1:30pm at the El Paseo de Cesar E. Chavez and the 7th Street Plaza at SJSU.
There will be a continental breakfast and box lunch provided for participants, as well as dessert and live jazz by J.P. and the Rhythm Chasers after the event.