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What is holding up California ethics reform?

“If two FBI raids on the Capitol aren’t enough to remind legislators on the importance of government ethics, nothing will be,” said Peter DeMarco, a spokesperson for the Senate Republican Caucus. Read more

California elections officials gather at conference in wake of primary news

Speaking before a gathering of election officials this week, Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson reminded them to focus on simplicity in the voting process in a busy and complicated world. Read more

Using technology to drive infrastructure upgrades in age of apps

Technology has become a way of life for most Americans, not just for communication but also for many daily activities. However, there’s more that can be done than just booking a trip or crushing candy. With a majority of Americans now owning smartphones, it’s only becoming more obvious that there’s room for governments to engage the public and provide more bang for their buck via technology. Read more

How drought’s economic impact on California agriculture is a wake-up call

The drought of 2014 will cause California's agricultural economy to take $1.5 billion hit. While a new UC Davis report shows how the sector's resilience has prevented a more catastrophic number, it also makes the case that agriculture can't afford the state's water systems to be run year after year in emergency mode. Read more

Open Data forums chart path for tech-driven transparency in California

“It’s great to be living in the future,” said Open Counter’s co-founder Peter Koht, talking about Open Data at a San Jose event last week–and about being able to get precise info on surf conditions before he hits the waves in Santa Cruz. Read more

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Krugman: Left coast rising

And there’s an even bigger if less drastic experiment under way in the opposite direction. California has long suffered from political paralysis, with budget rules that allowed an increasingly extreme Republican minority to hamstring a Democratic majority; when the state’s housing bubble burst, it plunged into fiscal crisis. Read more

California’s water usage data subject to errors, lack of participation by some agencies

When state regulators tried to tally water use across California recently, they didn't exactly get a flood of cooperation. Read more

Gov. Brown’s Mexico trip provides business, lobbying opportunities

Brown is also scheduled to meet privately with the Mexican president Monday and address the immigration controversy roiling American politics Tuesday. Read more

California Department of Public Health soft launches open data portal

On Wednesday, July 23, the California Department of Public Health initiated a soft launch of its open data portal, which is expected to be officially released next month with service-oriented and high-demand data sets. Read more

We should all care about the rise in Inland Empire poverty: Guest commentary

Caring about the issue of poverty in our region does not come naturally to all of us. For some, protecting our own interests is a stronger motivator. 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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