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CAFWD In The News

CA Fwd report highlights revenue options for investments in education and infrastructure

As the recovery lifts California out of a decade of financial crises, the state’s inherent economic strengths and lingering fiscal weaknesses are being revealed. Read more

City of Bell Scores Top Grades for Open Data Access One Year After Trials Conclude

One year ago this month, former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in what became known as The Bell Scandal. Read more

Jodi Remke: Technology and Transparency go hand in hand

Jodi Remke is chairwoman of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission. At the recent California Forward Summit on Data in Sacramento, she made a case for California moving to modernize and use technology to enhance the work of her watchdog agency and others. We asked to reprint her comments given the importance of she said and how it helps define a roadmap toward greater transparency in our government: Read more

Assembly utility committee chair goes on controversial junket

At worst the arrangement can provide special interest groups with opportunities to secure face time with lawmakers and regulators, Capitol observers said Monday. At best they look bad, said Phillip Ung, the public affairs spokesman for California Forward, a group that works for government openness and ethical behavior. Read more

California chief justice and state elections chief on increasing voter turnout

Two headlining speakers from the 2015 Future of California Elections (FOCE) annual conference made some headlines of their own this week. Read more

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News Clips

California orders no water diversions despite legal rights

About 1,500 farms and individuals in the Central Valley were ordered Thursday to stop taking water from rivers and streams for irrigation, the latest move by state regulators to save water amid intensifying drought conditions. Read more

Report advocates housing development along L.A. River

And it's recommending the use of newly created incentive zones — called Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts, or EIFDs — that would capture new tax revenue in particular neighborhoods and funnel it back into street work, parks and affordable housing projects in those places. Read more

California Tax Collections Soar, But Budget’s Fate Not Yet Clear

California tax revenues have soared past projections for the critical month of April – with several days yet to go. But the state’s overall budget situation is very much still up in the air. Read more

Myers: Californians Willing to Borrow Big in 2016 to Help Schools

The times may change, but Californians don’t seem to do so when it comes to two things about K-12 public schools: a sense that they need money for construction and renovation, and a willingness to borrow the cash to make that happen. Read more

California parents are ill-informed about school reforms, poll finds

California has ushered in new academic standards, statewide testing and school finance reform in recent years, but the majority of public-school parents remain ill-informed about them, a new poll has found. 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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