Guide to California Government

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Updated in its 15th edition, the Guide to California Government (G2CG) is designed to engage and inform readers by emphasizing the public’s role in California government.

This easy to use book explains: Guide to California Government

  • voting and elections logistics
  • the initiative system
  • levels of government
  • state finances
  • the education system
  • how to contact your government

This unique edition has handy info graphics explaining complicated structures of government, icons in the margins to link and highlight topics along with related Web sites so readers can find and access their government easily.


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Read what people are saying about the book.

"The League of Women Voters of California has done it again! The Guide to California Government is thorough, non-partisan, easy to read road map for navigating the often complicated process for voting and engaging with our government. We look forward to using this amazing resource in Rock the Vote's work engaging California's citizens". -Heather Smith, President, Rock the Vote

"When we all contribute to an evolving paradigm, one that fosters compassionate civic engagement, deliberative dialogue and cultural humulity - we build the scaffolding for an equitable society. The Guide to California Government is a critical resource for us to make educated decisions about how we participate in a democratic process". -Emily Kinner, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Student Senate for California Community Colleges

"The Guide to California Government is an excellent overview of California government with clear, easy to understand explanations of how our government works. This publication will be very useful for those just starting to learn about their government in citizenship classes, and for first-time voters of all ages". -Randy Weaver, Program Director, Project Read Literacy

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