The California Legislature ended its session a couple of weeks ago with a lot of unfinished business, most importantly without passing a budget, which is in violation of the state's Constitution.
This is irresponsible of both Democrats and Republicans, especially because we have one of the 10 largest economies in the world and certainly the largest of any state. It's no wonder that voter approval of our state Legislature is below 10%, a record low. Something is very broken in Sacramento.
We are in dire need of authentic leadership. We need leadership with vision, character and capacity, especially the ability to build consensus to achieve solutions to big problems. I've been thinking whether this is possible given how ugly and polarized politics has become, thus discouraging talented people from entering the political arena.