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Opinion: Nonpartisan Elections Are Working in California

Are the political reforms that Californians approved having an effect? Increasingly the answer seems to be yes. The latest example was a special election for the vacant 7th Senate District in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more

VIDEO: California Chief Justice leads charge to close civic knowledge gap

Business leaders contend the growing skills gap reflects a critical need to better prepare students to compete in a global economy. But civic leaders argue that placing greater emphasis on STEM education should not come at the expense of civic education, which equips students with the knowledge and skills to participate in our democracy. Read more

Opinion: California must invest now in education and infrastructure

This spring, the governor and the Legislature have an opportunity to innovate a different future. Rather than building a new spending base that cannot be sustained, the state needs to invest its unexpected revenue like venture capital — it needs to invest in education and infrastructure projects that can catalyze job creation and reduce poverty. Read more

Part 5: Spend unexpected revenues in ways that will make money in lean times

CA Fwd encouraged lawmakers this week to be cautious over the next month as they hammer out next year’s budget. Revenues are up—too much to be sustainable—and government has some huge financial obligations on the horizon. Read more

Spend growing revenues on reducing growing cost drivers

While the Boom, Bust, Repeat? series has highlighted lessons learned from the last 15 years of frustrating fiscal choices, there is another reason to be cautious about using this year’s revenue windfall to spend money on new ongoing programs: In future years, much of that money is already spoken for. Read more

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News Clips

How We’re Learning to Measure Progress on Sustainability

Perhaps nothing speaks more to the challenge of sustainably managing infrastructure systems than attempting to measure their performance. Read more

Californians say they’re better off, but still down on state’s economy

Although far more California voters say they are better off financially than they were a year ago, most remain pessimistic about the state’s broader economy, according to a new Field Poll. Read more

State names winners of multi-million dollar career education grants

The second round of winners of California’s multi-million dollar grant program for career education were announced Wednesday, with 40 beneficiaries around the state awarded money to expand job preparation programs in high-demand fields. Read more

California Assembly passes two bills to deter frivolous ballot measures

Amid outrage over a proposed initiative that calls for the execution of gays and lesbians, the California Assembly on Tuesday passed two bills to discourage outlandish ballot measures. Read more

Once aided by courts, can Latino politicians survive Supreme Court act?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s unexpected decision to take up a Texas voting case poses perhaps the most acute threat in a generation to Latino political strength in California. But how much of the threat actually materializes is decidedly less known. Read more

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Press Releases

California Innovation in Higher Education Showcase highlights student success to full house

Over 200 education, business and civic leaders from across California gathered in Sacramento today for the California Awards for Innovation in Higher Education Showcase. Read more

Smart Voter and Voter’s Edge Launch Comprehensive Nonpartisan Online Voter Guide for California Vote

Personalized Ballot Look-Up Feature Allows Voters to Mark Selections and Share Ballot Choices Via Social Media Read more

CA Fwd Calls on Legislators to Take Immediate Action on Implementing Reforms to Restore Public Trust

“Path Toward Trust” Urges Specific Actions to Increase Transparency on Financial Data and Public Decisions Read more

California Forward and California Special Districts Association launch new transparency portal

Today California Forward (CA Fwd) and the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) have launched a first-of-its-kind portal providing data and information on more than 1,100 California special districts. Read more

CA Fwd Issues the State of Transparency in California As Part of National Sunshine Week

The Update Reinforces CA Fwd's Efforts to Encourage Transparency to Strengthen Good Government Practices in California Read more

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