There's no denying that California feels different this year. Many people across the state have a palpable sense of fatigue. They know the state faces monumental challenges. They may even know what we need to do. But they have a sense that the gridlock won't be broken, and we can't make a difference.
That's why today's event matters. Hundreds of business leaders, government officials, policy experts and economists are filing in today, and their very presence says that we're not ready to throw in the towel just yet.
Our panelists and attendees are engaged in the issues and ready to do the hard work of hammering out solutions. They're committed to finding smart, practical strategies -- and maybe even some visionary ideas -- that can turn things around. As an especially bitter election season winds down, their willingness to work together is a breath of fresh air.
It's easy to be a pessimist when you consider what we're up against. But it's worth remembering that California has a wealth of human capital and ingenuity at its disposal.
Our mission today is to tackle the problems head on and find solutions. We invite you to follow our coverage here, and to explore the issues further at www.californiaspromise.org.