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The Real State of the State

California is struggling to cope with a wide array of serious policy challenges: Job creation, education, health care costs, a budgetary crisis, political leadership, immigration and regional inequities. An opportunity exists to tackle these issues head on, but partisanship and parochialism threaten to stifle real progress.

The New America Foundation's California Program delivered its analysis of the "State of the State" in Los Angeles on Jan. 19, 2005. Panelists provided a wide range of innovative proposals to address the most vexing policy problems facing the state.


Los Angeles City Hall
Tom Bradley Tower, 27th Floor
200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA
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  • Alex Padilla
    Los Angeles City Council President

  • Ray Boshara
    Director, Asset Building Program, New America Foundation

  • Steven Hill
    Irvine Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

  • David Lesher
    Director, California Program, New America Foundation

  • Gregory Rodriguez
    Irvine Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

  • Laurie Rubiner
    Director, Health Care Program, New America Foundation