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CAFWD In The News

CA jobs numbers stay flat but Inland Empire improving

As we have been reporting for months, the economic recovery in California has been uneven. The San Francisco Bay Area, Orange County and San Diego County have been doing better than many other regions. Read more

Op-ed: What the Legislature can do to restore the public’s trust

The headlines are chilling: Two state senators indicted, another convicted. Yet, there's a silver lining. These events provide an opportunity for our elected officials to meet this crisis head-on and enact real and immediate reform to restore trust in our government. We don't believe all elected officials are bad actors; in fact we know many of them to be serious, hard-working public servants who want to do the right thing. However, the truth is that legislators have been unwilling to impose reforms on themselves. It's time to change. Read more

Pew says CA ranks near the bottom in election performance

Once again California finds itself at the bottom of the heap in a state-by-state comparison of election performance. Election administration in California is improving, but at a pace below the national average, says a report released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Read more

In political scandal, good government advocates see opening for ethics, campaign finance changes

“A crisis in trust is what I would call it,” said Jim Mayer of the government reform group California Forward. “We can argue about where the line is, but it seems like we’re so far past it, that’s not the argument to be making. The argument is what do we do about it?” Earlier this month, Mayer’s group proposed a series of measures as part of a “path toward trust” for the Legislature. Read more

Can good government and first amendment groups win back the public trust?

Do such statements seem silly and unfair on their face? Well, they are no more out of bounds than what’s being said about the legislature in the wake of Yee’s arrest and indictment. Take for example, the statement that California Forward put out, called The Path Toward Trust Read more

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News Clips

Neel Kashkari proposes major education overhaul

Saying that better schools are critical for California's prosperity, GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari proposes changing the way education is funded, making traditional schools more like charters and increasing online learning. "We must reject the status quo," the former U.S. Treasury official says in a 33-page policy paper set for release Tuesday. Read more

Diaz: Transparency is the word of 2014 election season

It's only fair that journalists who call for transparency from elected representatives open up their own processes to public scrutiny. It was in that spirit that our editorial board invited candidates to two of the hottest Bay Area races - a state Assembly race in San Francisco and a congressional race in the South Bay - to debates that would be captured on video and posted online for all to see Read more

Viewpoints: Confusing, secret initiative process is ripe for reform

If you are like most Californians, you like that you can vote on important issues via our state’s initiative process. It is a century-old tradition in California – let the people speak and follow their wishes. Read more

California’s economic stability leaves Gov. Brown a new challenge

Soon after Jerry Brown was elected governor in 2010, he invited the state's top budget official, Ana Matosantos, to lunch at his office. He had just two months to prepare his first plan for tackling California's $26-billion deficit. He asked his assistant to fetch the budget director a sandwich. Read more

Counties tell Gov. Brown they need money for his law

Gov. Jerry Brown has been quietly visiting California counties since the start of the year to see how they are faring under his 3-year-old realignment law that dramatically altered the state's criminal justice system by increasing the burden on local governments. 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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