State lawmakers face some big challenges ahead as they return to work Monday (08.17.09) following a three-week summer recess.
They’ll be focused on the state’s overcrowded prison system, budget constraints, and possibly the elusive issue of water.
But, a historian says another enormous task lies ahead: getting California out of the recession and restoring the state as a land of opportunity.
Kevin Starr is a former state librarian who’s written a series of eight books on California history. His latest book was just published and it focuses on California’s so-called “Age of Abundance” from 1950 to 1963.
Starr recently spoke with Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley.
Starr says the economic turmoil and state budget crisis have a lot of people wondering if the California Dream is still alive...
Kevin Starr Interview (runs 3:35 minutes)
Intro: “I don’t think necessarily that the California dream is dead...but state government...”
Outro: “Thank you, Steve...I hope you enjoyed the book...”
Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley speaking with author Kevin Starr. Starr is a state librarian emeritus and a California historian.
His latest book is titled: "Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950 to 1963."