As Californians head to the polls, we'll take the pulse of the state's initiative process. Critics say that the state ballot is filled with too many confusing propositions that ultimately lead to voter apathy. Supporters say that the process circumvents an often-dysfunctional Legislature. We'll look at the state's long-standing direct democracy system and how, if at all, it should be reformed.
Is California Taking Too Much (Ballot) Initiative?
Phillip Ung, director of public affairs for California Forward
Jonathan Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
Jessica Levinson, clinical professor teaching election law at Loyola Law School and vice president of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission
Joe Mathews, California editor of Zocalo Public Square and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle