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Planning for mastery again in California higher ed

“California can and will, as in the past and present, provide adequate support for an efficient program of higher education designed to meet fully the rapidly changing needs of society.” No, that is not a joint press release from University of California President Janet Napolitano and Gov. Jerry Brown, but a quote from the Master Plan for Higher Education for California from more than 50 years ago. Read more

New Chronicle award will honor top Bay Area visionary

Beginning this month, The Chronicle will run profiles of each nominee: • Lenny Mendonca, a pioneering political reformer. Read more

Ex-Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg heads to Senate with long-term goals

Substantively, Hertzberg plans to push for structural changes in state government, as he has been doing for years in his work with two civic groups, California Forward and Think Long Committee for California. Read more

Eloy Oakley of LBCC appointed to UC Board of Regents

Long Beach City College superintendent-president Eloy Ortiz Oakley will be the first community college executive to join the University of California Board of Regents. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday the appointments of Oakley and California Assemblymember John. A. Perez to the board that governs the UC system. Read more

2015 California Economic Summit turns Inland

The 2015 California Economic Summit will be held in Ontario next November, a consortium of business and government leaders announced. This is the first time the summit will be held in Inland Southern California. Read more

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California Senate announces committee chairmanships

Sen. Ricardo Lara has landed one of the most powerful committee chair assignments in the California Legislature, overseeing the Senate Appropriations Committee that decides the fate of hundreds of bills each year. Read more

How government can unlock economic benefits from Open Data: Part 1

Zillow, the fast-growing online real estate marketplace, couldn’t exist without public data. More specifically, it probably couldn’t exist without online public data relating to real estate sales information. Read more

A smart California tax bill points the way to needed reform

He's a freshman state senator showing no fear, no hesitation and seemingly no political sense. His first bill is a huge, historic tax hike. Sen. Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), of course, is no ordinary babe-in-the-woods, backbench freshman. Read more

U.S. board: Federal law on high-speed rail trumps state environmental lawsuits

A three-member panel of presidential appointees has potentially derailed seven lawsuits challenging the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s approval of its Fresno-Bakersfield bullet-train route and raised questions about how California environmental law will apply to other planned rail sections across the state. Read more

Activists seek reforms in ethics and transparency in Sacramento

Two groups active in city of Sacramento politics said they will push for ethics and transparency reforms similar to those that were part of the failed strong-mayor ballot measure. Eye on Sacramento and the League of Women Voters – which both had criticized the strong-mayor initiative – said they will likely seek to put a measure on the June 2016 ballot to create an independent commission to draw City Council district boundaries and a commission to enforce a new ethics code. Read more

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Press Releases

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

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

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