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The Collaborative's 'CADream4All' Vision and Goals Statement clearly specifies the conditions that equate economic security, to help prioritize action and assess progress and impact. The statement was originally signed by ~125 individuals with relevant expertise from the public and private sectors and across party lines. It continues to attract endorsements, and will inform discussions regarding what specific policies are most likely to hasten positive change.

All Californians are invited to endorse the

CADream4All Vision & Goals Statement at the foot of this page.



The Economic Mobility Collaborative


The Economic Mobility Collaborative is a group of Californians with a broad range of expertise and political ideologies who unequivocally agree that current barriers to economic opportunity and mobility in California present a critical threat to the state's future, both economically and socially, and who want to help significantly change these conditions within 10 years.

Our Vision


  1. Every Californian should have a chance to work, to discover their potential, and to share that potential with others. This also happens to be the surest way to an inclusive, robust and resilient economy that prepares the next generation to thrive as workers, employers, inventors, parents, and civic stewards.

  2. All Californians deserve a political process that prioritizes collaborative, evidence-driven problem solving; models respect, inclusion, civility, and accountability; and manages their tax dollars prudently.

  3. We can claim success when Californians statewide report they are personally experiencing the effects of a more inclusive economy, and feel valued and empowered.

How Do We Get There? Renew The California Dream


Attainment of the below assets (a Home, Healthcare, Employment, Education & Childcare, and Foundation for Civic Participation) is the recipe for economic security and self-sufficiency that in turn allows individuals the freedom to pursue their chosen path in our contemporary world. This is the New California Dream.

It’s also the foundational set of conditions that will best enable society to discover and nurture the talents of every Californian, irrespective of region or race, which is among the smartest things we can do as a state: it maximizes the number of people working at what they do best; it enriches families and the communities of which they are a part, and it prepares our full population to embrace the future.

The reality today, however, is that record numbers of Californians, from birth through old age, are trapped in perpetual economic insecurity with an inter-generational hold. It’s inhumane, it’s bad business, and it severely constrains our ability to prepare for the economic, technological and environmental challenges heading our way (rapidly).

Whether we change is our choice. We know what to do; we just need to decide to do it, by when, and how. So let’s commit. We are eager to join with the Governor and Legislature, the private sector, the non-profit sector, local governments, and colleagues and friends everywhere to transform our state into one that assures all Californians access to the following necessary conditions for sustained economic security, freedom and mobility.


"A California Dream for All" means the following:

1.   A Home that…

  • Is affordable (Cost should be 30% or less of annual income)

  • Is in a safe neighborhood

  • Has clean air and water, access to public services like parks and open space

  • Has high speed internet service

  • Is a short distance to groceries and other essential businesses

  • Has access to transportation, including transportation to work

2.  Healthcare that…

  • Includes affordable prenatal care, screenings, immunizations, and regular check-ups

  • Includes care for illness, emergencies, prescriptions, and mental health

3.  Employment that offers…

  • Reliable/Predictable living wage jobs

  • Pathways to work in well-paid growth careers

  • Workplace policies that support working families

  • The ability to prepare for emergencies and retirement

4.  Education & Childcare that…

  • Are affordable and reliable for working families

  • Extend continuously from early childhood through an adult’s working life

  • Successfully prepare toddlers, youth and adults for the next phase of education or work

  • Are flexible, to accommodate people with a range of needs and constraints  

5.  A Foundation for Civic Participation that…

  • Provides all Californians basic knowledge of how government works, and how to inform and influence it

  • Maximizes voting access, encourages informed voting, and assures the integrity of the electoral system

  • Is designed for inclusion, transparency and accountability, for informed decision-making and spending




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Note: When we share these positions with policy makers, your expertise and motivation are informative and important. Your 'Affiliation' can be professional (current, former, or both, paid or pro bono; skim what others have included for examples) or personal ("concerned parent," Gen Xer or Millennial who wants to ensure every CA has a chance to thrive and share their talents with others"). And be specific if you can: "Professor of Early Childhood Development" is better than just "Professor." Thanks!

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