California’s image has taken a beating in the past couple of years, mostly because the state, with its massive deficits, has looked all but impossible to govern properly. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, once a political success story, has seen his approval ratings plummet. But California still has the capacity to look audacious. The latest: fourteen years after the state allowed medical marijuana, it looks like Californians are about to vote on legalizing pot outright. State election officials say enough signatures have almost certainly been collected to put the issue on the ballot next November under California’s famous direct-democracy procedures.