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What is holding up California ethics reform?

“If two FBI raids on the Capitol aren’t enough to remind legislators on the importance of government ethics, nothing will be,” said Peter DeMarco, a spokesperson for the Senate Republican Caucus. Read more

California elections officials gather at conference in wake of primary news

Speaking before a gathering of election officials this week, Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson reminded them to focus on simplicity in the voting process in a busy and complicated world. Read more

Using technology to drive infrastructure upgrades in age of apps

Technology has become a way of life for most Americans, not just for communication but also for many daily activities. However, there’s more that can be done than just booking a trip or crushing candy. With a majority of Americans now owning smartphones, it’s only becoming more obvious that there’s room for governments to engage the public and provide more bang for their buck via technology. Read more

How drought’s economic impact on California agriculture is a wake-up call

The drought of 2014 will cause California's agricultural economy to take $1.5 billion hit. While a new UC Davis report shows how the sector's resilience has prevented a more catastrophic number, it also makes the case that agriculture can't afford the state's water systems to be run year after year in emergency mode. Read more

Open Data forums chart path for tech-driven transparency in California

“It’s great to be living in the future,” said Open Counter’s co-founder Peter Koht, talking about Open Data at a San Jose event last week–and about being able to get precise info on surf conditions before he hits the waves in Santa Cruz. Read more

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Property taxes could pay for $25 billion Delta tunnels without public vote

Major water districts in California are quietly considering using property taxes -- and possibly raising them without a vote of the public -- to help fund Gov. Jerry Brown's $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Read more

Chuck Schumer is wrong about the top two primary

In an op-ed in Tuesday’s New York Times, Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York called for an end to partisan primaries and the implementation of a top-two system nationwide, asserting that such a change would lessen the historic level of polarization between Democrats and Republicans. Read more

Some June write-in candidates made it to the November ballot

The state's relatively new top-two primary election system has helped more than a dozen June write-in candidates earn places on the Nov. 4 ballot -- and without paying filing fees. Read more

Realignment: Progress and challenges

Expectations were high when California rolled out public safety realignment in October 2011; many expressed optimism that the reform would significantly address prison overcrowding and reduce the state’s high recidivism rate. Read more

‘Water cops’ being hired by Bay Area agencies to root out water waste

It's about to get more difficult to go unnoticed if your sprinklers are watering the street more than your lawn. California's worsening drought and mandatory new state water rules are prompting Bay Area water agencies to beef up their conservation staffs -- the employees sometimes called "water cops." Read more

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Press Releases

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

New CA Fwd Report Shows Pretrial Programs Could be Cost-Effective Alternatives to Crowded Jails

Report Features Best Practices from Pretrial Programs in Five California Counties Read more

The historic first California Economic Summit Concludes—For now

Californians will be able to comment online before a final report is issued Read more

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