There is nowhere else we would rather live than California, a state with unbelievable geographic, ethnic and cultural diversity. But we created this site to highlight the sad reality that there are two Californias.
The first California is one we are so proud of. It is home to pioneers and innovators . . . creative artists and problem solvers . . . environmental stewards and chefs and celebrities. It’s a place that entertains the world and feeds the nation with some of the most amazing food on the planet. Where researchers cure diseases. Where we have mountains and deserts and oceans. It’s where the famous choose to live. This California is blessed with resources and riches that are the envy of the world.
Unfortunately, there is another California, where the Golden State’s promise is out of reach for millions. This Other California is a place where there can be no California Dream when every day is a matter of survival and struggle. It is home to the working poor and middle class burdened by the high cost of living. It’s a state where rent eats up half of paychecks and buying a home nearly impossible. It’s where business owners strangle in red tape and regulations. Where small companies agonize about relocating to other states in order to remain in business. Where seniors can only make it through retirement by moving to more affordable states like Arizona, Nevada and Idaho.
While this site celebrates all that is so wonderful about California, there is also an urgency to tell the stories of those who are struggling to survive – in large part due to decisions and laws created by state elected officials and government agencies who converge each week in Sacramento. Increasingly, the decisions they make hurt every day people because they are out of touch with the Other California.
We hope that our journal of stories will call attention to how decisions made in the state capitol impact the Other California allow for our politicians to make choices that bring California’s two halves back together and create a state we can all be proud of.
Dr. David Gonzalez, Jr.