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Programming and Engineering should be integrated into how Math and Science are taught from K-12th grade. School should be year round, with math taught through project-based learning. We need to compete with the rest of the world at producing talent. Let's learn from the winners.
Despite redistricting reform, we still live in a state with few competitive seats. This proposal addresses that problem, keeping in mind the limits of human organization (eg the Dunbar number, humans don't work so well in groups over 150 people). 1. Abolish the Senate and expand the Assembly. The average Senate district is around 900,000 people--that's bigger than several states! The entire city of San Francisco ...more »
Sustainable Growth should not mean endless bureaucratic paper trails. The simpler solution is to change incentive structures. Replace the property tax with a graduated land tax. Properties would be taxed only in relation to the amount of land they consume. As parcels get larger (or lower density), the base per square foot rate would increase (much as the graduated income tax structure does). Set rates evenly between ...more »
The basic idea: bring the best of district-based representative and proportional representation into one modern system. Our districts in the legislature are too big: 900,000 in the Senate, 400,000 in the Assembly. This is unique in the country.* This proposal is based on the belief that smaller districts are more democratic and representative to save space, that argument has been best made here: http://www.democracyjournal.org/8/6587.php). ...more »
Our districts in the legislature are too big: 900,000 in the Senate, 400,000 in the Assembly. This means big money rules and seats rarely change hands. Here's how to fix it: 1. Turn the assembly into a "People's Assembly" or "Citizen's Assembly." These would be at-home representatives (they wouldn't work in Sacramento), who would vote for legislation using technology specifically crafted to enable mass voting--tablets ...more »