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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) or Ed Coghlan (818-489-4774, ed@cafwd.org).

CAFWD In The News

AB 109 sheds light on need for sentencing reform in CA

The implementation of AB 109 has brought new light and social interest to a wide range of public safety related issues. These include the treatment of the mentally ill in our society, providing medical care to those who are in custody or recently released and the availability of post-incarceration rehabilitative services in communities all across our state, to name a few. Read more

Act now to restore trust in government

When State Senators get arrested, indicted and convicted, as a trio has in California this calendar year, it shakes the public’s confidence in our government. And rightly so. Read more

Legislators: Act now to restore public trust in government

When State Senators get arrested, indicted and convicted, as a trio has in California this calendar year, it shakes the public’s confidence in our government. And rightly so. That’s why California Forward (CA Fwd) is calling on legislators to take immediate action on implementing reforms to restore public trust in government. Our Path Toward Trust (which you can read here) is designed to accelerate and focus the State’s response to these scandals. Read more

How to build a winning water bond

Six months ago, few people seriously thought there would be talk about a 2014 water bond, except the need to remove or postpone again the controversial measure now slated for the November ballot. But last fall, public opinion polling showed that voters were starting to renew their trust in lawmakers when it came to spending their money. Read more

How to build a winning water bond

Six months ago, few people seriously thought there would be talk about a 2014 water bond, except the need to remove or postpone again the controversial measure now slated for the November ballot. But last fall, public opinion polling showed that voters were starting to renew their trust in lawmakers when it came to spending their money. Read more

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News Clips

Challengers show ability to compete for dollars

Some of the challengers in California's most competitive congressional races are showing strong fundraising for the first three months of the year, reinforcing how much an independent redistricting process has changed the political landscape and turned a handful of congressional seats into battlegrounds between the two parties. Read more

Jerry Brown back to negotiating table with Republicans over rainy-day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown called Wednesday for a special session of the Legislature to take up his proposal to create a rainy-day fund, and for the first time since 2011 he will have to negotiate a major budget deal with Republicans. Read more

Poll finds California voters open to tinkering with tax-limiting Proposition 13

Proposition 13 may be the third rail of California politics, but state voters appear to have some appetite for making changes to the tax-limiting measure, according to a new Field Poll. Read more

California looking to recycled water to ease drought concerns

At two treatment plants in El Dorado Hills, millions of gallons of brown wastewater pour in every week, and millions of gallons of clean water pour out through purple pipes that irrigate the lawns of 4,000 homes. Read more

Former Bell city leader Robert Rizzo to be sentenced

Residents of the modest, blue collar city of Bell on the edge of Los Angeles say no sentence would be too long for a former official convicted of masterminding a corruption scandal that nearly bankrupted the city. Former City Manager Robert Rizzo could face as many as 12 years in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday by Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy. 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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