January 1, 2006
University of California Press
Peter Schrag
California : America's High-Stakes Experiment
2 pages with references to Helnwein in this book:
1. on Page 78:
"... to do it, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by Frank Gehry.) "Los Angeles", said the Austrian-born painter Gottfried Helnwein,
"I's a city without a memory -- it's only (the here and) now,'' he said. And yet, "It's the best place in the world for art. It's so underestimated. There's no organized art scene. It's out of control. It's a kind of peaceful anarchy.''
2. from Index:
"... 191; on stem cell research, 37, 147, 191-93, 207 Hedgecock, Roger, 163, 166, 295n17 Hein, John, 217 Hell's Angels, 98 Helnwein, Gottfried, 78 INDEX Helping Hands Ministries (Georgia), 140 Henderson, Thelton, 201 Hertzberg, Robert, 155 Hewlett-Packard, 201 highway system, 108-9 Hill, ..."
Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
Once blessed with a superb educational system, well-funded infrastructure and competent, vigorous state government, California now wrestles with lousy schools, decrepit public services and government gridlock. This incisive study traces the decline to a state constitution that requires unobtainable legislative super-majorities to pass taxes, spending increases and budgets; to America's nationwide antitax ideology, which was jump-started by California's infamous Proposition 13; and to term limits that have made the legislature a collection of neophytes. With the legislative process paralyzed, the author observes, lawmaking has devolved to ad hoc ballot initiatives—a hoary populist nostrum now exploited by monied special interests—with which voters impose burdensome spending mandates on the state while rejecting the taxes needed to fund them. The result is a chaotic but perpetually stymied " 'hybrid democracy'" dominated by glitzy ad campaigns and Schwarzeneggerian political theater. Journalist Schrag (former editorial page editor for the SacramentoBee and author of Paradise Lost: California's Experience, America's Future) provides a fascinating guide through the labyrinth of California state politics and probes the intractable social conflict underlying its dysfunctions: the unwillingness of a disproportionately white, Anglo, middle-class electorate to pay for public services for an increasingly brown, immigrant, working-class population. Lucid, evenhanded and thoughtful, Schrag offers one of the best analyses yet of the California train wreck and its troubling implications for America's future. (Apr.)
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Book Description
Peter Schrag takes on the big issues--immigration, globalization, and the impact of California's politics on its quality of life--in this dynamic account of the Golden State's struggle to recapture the American dream. In the past half-century, California has been both model and anti-model for the nation and often the world, first in its high level of government and public services--schools, universities, highways--more lately for its dysfunctional government, deteriorating services, and sometimes regressive public policies. Schrag's incisive analysis of the state's political, demographic, and fiscal realities vividly demonstrates that it has been struggling with a range of problems for a generation. The author deftly shows that California's ability to forge its culturally and ethnically diverse population into a successful democracy will be of crucial importance not only to America, but to the world. He also explains how many current "solutions" exacerbate the very problems they're supposed to solve and analyzes a variety of possible state and federal policy alternatives to restore accountable government and a vital democracy to the nation's largest state and world's fifth largest economy.
Among the issues that Schrag tackles:
* The impact of Latino and Asian immigration and the emergence of California as the first large majority minority state
* The globalization of California's economy and culture
* The growing reliance of voters on the initiative, referendum, and recall processes
* The increasing instability of elected government
* California as cultural avant-garde, from hippies to gay marriage

* Hardcover: 330 pages
* Publisher: University of California Press (April 1, 2006)
* Language: English
* ISBN: 0520244362
* Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches

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