California, as a state, has long been connected to the idea of a dream.

For instance, you might have moved here to pursue your dream job. Or someone in your family brought you here because they were following their dream.

But in its long history, the California Dream has meant different things to different people. And today, the state’s identity stands in marked contrast to much of the rest of the country; some of that is progressive politics and some is shifting demographics. It’s also marked by skyrocketing housing costs, declining economic mobility and devastating natural disasters. The dream may still be alive, but it’s challenged at every corner.

So what does it mean today?

We’re kicking off a new initiative exploring the history, promise and reality of the California Dream with a special statewide call-in show called “Today’s California Dream.” It’s a new partnership between public and nonprofit media outlets across the state.  We’ll look at how the state has changed, where it’s headed and what it means to the people who live here.

And, as part of the show and the coverage, we want to hear your story of the California Dream: What brought you or your family here? What makes you stay? Or, if you’re thinking of leaving the state, tell us why.

Join us Thursday, February 15, at 12 p.m., for “Today’s California Dream”. You can also experience the show via Facebook Live on KQED’s Facebook Page.

Richard White, professor of American History, Stanford University
Matt Levin, data reporter, CALmatters
Amita Sharma, reporter, KPBS

What Does The California Dream Mean Today? 15 February,2018KQED News Staff

  • TimDoyle

    I came “West Young Man” in 1991. There was no pot of gold or easier life here, just less snow.

  • SF2OAK

    Just a fellow on said he’s moving from CA b/c it’s “unsustainable”, he was talking mostly about water resources. All makes sense until you heard where he is going… Hawaii. Not cheaper housing, they don’t export any food – CA does- they may have water but that alone does not produce food. He needs his head examined.

  • Whamadoodle

    On what planet are the Bay Area’s high tech companies “not doing much for anyone” of lower incomes? They provide a FIFTH of all the jobs in the Bay Area. I spent so many years making dirt wages ($20,000, $15,000 a year, $35,000 at most), and then when a biotech company hired me I finally made a middle-class wage again. Did this guest’s “statistics” include that 20% of all the Bay Area’s jobs being in tech?

  • Whamadoodle

    Also, although we could certainly get more of our energy from clean tech, the way we’re a leader is that we employe among the largest number of people in clean tech; more than any other state, I believe.

  • LD

    2/15/2018 day of broadcast
    KQED Special: Todays California Dream
    Comment? “Visit Program’s Official Website”

    404 error We’re sorry, but the page you were looking for could not be found.
    Sums up the State of California today.

    Could “join Facebook” to comment . . . no thanks.

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