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Sunshine Week: Experts Discuss Open Data Tech in California

While sharing financial records has helped many government agencies improve their transparency, more robust open data policies could lead to big financial gains in California and across the nation, according to experts at Data Summit 2015. Read more

Will California Soon Have a Chief Data Officer?

Rep. Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, unveiled his plans for the bill on Wednesday, March 18, at Data Summit 2015, hosted by California Forward, a government reform nonprofit organization Read more

Assemblyman Introduces Open Data Bill During Sunshine Week

Ting announced AB 1215, the California Open Data Act, during remarks given this morning at California Forward’s Data Summit in Sacramento. Read more

AM Alert: First peek inside Jerry Brown, Janet Napolitano’s committee of two

In recognition of Sunshine Week, open government advocate California Forward is hosting a “summit on data” exploring potential uses of technology to promote transparency in state and local government agencies, 10 a.m. at Sacramento Grand Ballroom on J Street. Read more

How to build a civic tech and open data ecosystem with L.A.‘s data chief

At CA Fwd’s recent Long Beach Regional Data Forum, we spoke with Nemani about growing a region’s civic tech scene so it can more effectively benefit local governments and the residents they serve. Read more

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$1 billion water spending plan heads to California governor

A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation. Read more

State drought relief package falls short, conservation advocates say

Not only will the $1-billion spending plan approved by lawmakers Thursday provide little immediate relief to drought-stricken Californians, state leaders are missing an opportunity to take more decisive action to restrict water use, conservation advocates said. Read more

Can Maryland, Utah Help California Use Tech to Boost Engagement?

It may be the home of Silicon Valley and thousands of technology gurus, but California is looking outside its borders for advice on how to use IT to better interact with citizens. Read more

Some applause, concern for Brown’s adult ed, CTE plans

A legislative hearing into Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans in support of adult education and career apprentice programs drew strong support from school representatives but concerns were raised by lawmakers and policy analysts over funding methods and long-term goals. Read more

California Senate moves $1 billion water plan amid drought

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects and offer about $75 million in immediate aid to residents and wildlife in drought-stricken California. 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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