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Welcome to our rolling repository of updates on reform in California. For press inquiries, please contact Jania Palacios (520-404-7643, jania@cafwd.org).

CAFWD In The News

New survey highlights role colleges can play in informing and registering young voters

Among those that indicated they did not plan on voting in the June primary, a majority of students cited a lack of knowledge about the process and/or the candidates and issues as the reason why. Read more

New law brings big changes to California’s initiative process

“Californians deserve an improved initiative process,” said Phillip Ung, director of public affairs for the bipartisan group California Forward. “SB 1253 starts us down the road. Read more

Always more work to be done in the name of transparency

Like California Forward, I have long believed making reliable, timely data public is an essential part of government transparency. We also share the belief that in order to enhance civic participation, we should be harnessing technology to allow the public to slice-and-dice financial information and create visuals that foster informed communication. Read more

CA State Controller: Always more work to be done in the name of transparency

Like California Forward, I have long believed making reliable, timely data public is an essential part of government transparency. We also share the belief that in order to enhance civic participation, we should be harnessing technology to allow the public to slice-and-dice financial information and create visuals that foster informed communication. Read more

Rethinking offender care in Santa Barbara County

It's a well-worn narrative at this point: the US Supreme Court told California its state prisons were overcrowded to the point of being cruel and unusual punishment. Read more

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News Clips

California Senate employees testify on retaliatory workplace culture

They didn’t trust a colleague. Felt their boss wouldn’t listen. Feared a powerful official would retaliate if they complained. That was the workplace culture described Monday by sergeants-at-arms of the California Senate when they took the witness stand in Sacramento Superior Court. Read more

Brown allows new local development financing tools

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed a bill allowing local governments a partial replacement tool for financing infrastructure projects such as water systems, transit facilities and affordable housing. Read more

Brown wraps up ed bills, leaves some heads shaking

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have made kindergarten mandatory while at the same time signing one intended to show the overwhelming boost that optional year gives kids headed to first grade. Read more

Opinion: For Prop. 2: Save for a rainy day

For decades I’ve seen the dramatic ups and downs of California’s budgets. The “boom and bust” cycles cause overspending, tax increases and painful cuts to schools. Proposition 2 will create a rainy day fund to smooth out the budget roller coasters. Similar to the way Proposition 1 (the water bond) stores water during wet years to reduce the damage of droughts, Prop. 2 stores money during good times to minimize cuts when tax revenues run dry. Read more

Brown signs package of bills to encourage voting

Months after statewide voter turnout hit a historic low of 25% in this year's primary election, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed eight bills aimed at getting more Californians to participate in the political process. 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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