The State of California is in the process of setting the stage for for 461 Californians to rewrite the constitution of the State.
The State auditor will will select 249 Californians to be joined by 221 others to be picked up by county's political officials for the purpose of holding a constitutional convention in 2011.
Repair California submitted two ballot measures to the California Secretary of State for the November 2010 ballot.
Repair California is a San Francisco business group that led a call to rewrite the state's constitution
The first measure would allow voters to call for a constitutional convention.
The second measure outlines the workings of the convention, including how delegates would be picked and limits the scope of the convention to reform four areas: the budget process; the election and initiative process; restoring the balance of power between the state and local governments; and creating new systems to improve government effectiveness.
The proposal to change some provisions of the state constitution came at a time when California has been badly hit by the global economic downturn. The lingering budget shortfall under the leadership of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger continued to take its toll on government services and employment security of the people of California.
Earlier the governor came up with a number of proposals for legislation aimed at generating fresh funding for the growing budget deficit. These proposal includes among others the selling of government assets including parks, buildings, tourist landmarks and stadiums.
If the plan to rewrite the constitution of California pushes through, it will be the first time after 130 years.