As long as I’m out here in California, let me say that if everyone thinks the current political system in California is completely dysfunction — and everyone does seem to think that — then they should really scrap it and replace it with something new. Get a bunch of shadowy elites together to write a new state constitution. One that’s at a reasonable length (instead of the current 110+ pages and growing) and that appropriately places the bulk of tax and budget authority in the hands of the elected officials who get held accountable when things wind up all screwed up. Then submit that new text as an “amendment” to be decided as a ballot proposition.
Hard to do? I’m sure. But the current system makes it incredibly difficult to ever fix anything in this state.