Local group wants to revamp state constitution

January 8, 2010 5:34:01 PM PST
The Bay Area's most powerful group of business leaders is moving forward to stop future legislative gridlock. That's the Bay Area Council and it's calling for a constitutional convention called "Repair California" to revamp the state's constitution.

"We sent Arnold to the Governor's Office and we actually elect some good pretty people to Sacramento. But from a systems perspective it's so broken, it's foolish of us to expect better results than what we're getting. And we believe holding a constructional convention that would allow call to move its government systems into the 21st century is what's needed badly and we're going to push hard for it," Jim Wunderman from the Bay Area Council said.

Wunderman says we'll never fix our budget problems without fixing the constitution. The Bay Area Council is currently gathering signatures to put the matter up for a vote.

If it makes the ballot in November and is passed by voters, the convention would be held in 2011.