In the midst of this crazy presidential primary and controversial state ballot propositions headed for the November ballot, I predict many of us will be forgotten. We will be ignored because so few of us vote. If we don’t vote, we become part of the lost California.
No state was sorrier than California during the recession, when cash-strapped state lawmakers had to slash more than $1 billion in child care services. We’re a compassionate state, and it hurt, seeing families suffer. So you’d think that now that the economy has rebounded, that billion would be restored.
The problem comes when we glorify gap years as an educational panacea for stressed-out or immature students and fail to recognize that, by and large, they’re out of reach for most students from low-income, working class and middle-middle class families.
Recently, when Gov. Jerry Brown warned of impending deficits and the perils of committing to new spending in his revised budget proposal, he failed to mention the one area in which he has been consistently profligate: his aggressive expansion of the state’s already vast system of imprisonment.