California is the proud home of tech giants, innovation and innovative public policies on important issues like climate change.
But we have a problem: 18 million people, more than 1 in 3 Californians, live near or below the poverty line.
It’s a problem compounded by a number of issues. Five million residents are stuck in minimum wage jobs. The dream of homeownership is slipping further away as housing costs continue to rise. Our crumbling infrastructure makes it difficult for people to live close to where they work.
But it is during these uncertain times that Californians rise together to fix it. We’ve done it before and we must do it again – and that is what the California Economic Summit is taking on at its annual meeting this week in San Diego.
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