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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).

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Pete Weber and Jim Mayer: State political reform is working

Political scientists still are collecting data, but the evidence is growing that voters are getting the political reform they wanted when they seized from lawmakers the authority to draw district boundaries, opened primary elections to all voters, and modified term limits to reduce constant campaigning. Read more

Long Beach city councilman asks residents how they would spend $250,000

Less than three months into his first term, Long Beach City Councilmember Rex Richardson is already proving he’s not afraid to shake up City Hall. In an effort to empower residents and foster greater transparency, Richardson is putting some budgetary decision directly into the hands of his constituents through an innovative form of direct democracy known as participatory budgeting (PB). Read more

Proposition 2 — ensuring California’s future: Guest commentary

Things have been looking better in California. More people are working. The housing market is stabilizing. Tax revenues are increasing. What once were double-digit deficits in the state budget when the economy was struggling now are budget surpluses that the governor and Legislature are wisely using to pay down the wall of debt created during the Great Recession that ended five years ago. Read more

What can you do for California

In the good times, it is important to remember the bad times. One of California’s most serious governance challenges is the volatility of General Fund tax revenue. No other state has a revenue system that produces higher booms and bigger busts. As a result, everything from schools to services for the elderly are subjected to fiscal hardships, and Californians to the heartache. Read more

Initiative reform is only the first step for the Think Long Committee

As important as the passage of the legislation was the model of civic engagement that produced it. While the proposal originated in the Think Long Committee Final Report and was authored by Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, it was developed over the last year and a half through regular meetings of a broad coalition that included the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, NAACP, California Church IMPACT, California Business Roundtable, California Chamber of Commerce, California School Employees Association, and California Forward as well as the Think Long Committee. Read more

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News Clips

California taxpayers on the hook for $3 million water bond supplemental guide

There’s nothing like a deadline to force action. Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature waited as long as they could to finalize the $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot now known as Proposition 1. Read more

Outside spending in California state elections nears $32 million

Oil companies, unions, hospitals and other political special interests have pumped more than $31.4 million into California statewide and legislative contests on the Nov. 4 ballot, state independent expenditure filings through Wednesday show. Read more

Outside spending in California state elections nears $32 million

Oil companies, unions, hospitals and other political special interests have pumped more than $31.4 million into California statewide and legislative contests on the Nov. 4 ballot, state independent expenditure filings through Wednesday show. Read more

A cautionary tale for fiscal reformers

One of the biggest surprises in the PPIC Statewide Surveys this fall has been the inability of Proposition 2 (aka the rainy day fund) to garner majority support from voters. Read more

L.A. County OKs contract to design new touch-screen voting system

Los Angeles County is moving to overhaul the way millions of residents vote by replacing the antiquated, ink-based balloting system with modern touch-screen machines. Officials said the touch-screen system would be easier for voters to navigate and reduce the risk of errors in filling out and counting ballots. 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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