California doesn t need more lofty rhetoric about what a Dream place this state is. Our government is in crisis. The impartial Legislative Analysts Office projects multi-billion dollar deficits until at least 2015. Cynics say that Californians are too polarized, too diverse, and too burdened with a byzantine bureaucracy to come together to face this mountain. Yet our recurring deficit is only less than one percent of California s nearly two trillion dollar economy. And these cynics don t offer reasons so much as excuses. California today has a proud history, a stunning natural environment, and an unbelievably creative people that connects to every corner of the globe. Reflecting on the fractures that have flowed from the hyperidealistic California Dream of the past, Patrick Atwater shows how together we can harness those strengths to build a New California Dream focused on creating a better life for all Californians. In honor of his parents, twenty percent of the proceeds from the book will be donated to California schools through DonorsChoose.