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California Legislature sending the wrong message by blocking SCA 17

The California Legislature missed a couple of opportunities this month to help restore the public’s trust in government. Senate leader Darrell Steinberg’s effort to withhold the salaries of suspended lawmakers will not make it onto the November 2014 ballot. Read more

If you build it, they will stay: Solving Millennial’s housing puzzle

Josephine Driscoll, 27, rides the Presidio shuttle 40 minutes from her townhouse she shares with three other people to her job as an executive assistant. Oftentimes during these commutes, Driscoll marvels at the beauty of her favorite city, and then slowly her heart begins to break knowing that inevitably she will have to leave. Read more

Reader Poll: Would turning elections into a lottery boost voter turnout?

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 259 million, yet I still bought a ticket this morning. Hoping that the prospects of winning a cash prize may entice more voters to the polls; Los Angeles city officials are considering turning ballots into lottery tickets. Read more

Legislators end suspense… but still, mystery moves on bills

“The reasons why something moves forward, and why something dies in the appropriations process, is a mystery to everybody,” says Phillip Ung, public affairs director for the nonpartisan group California Forward. Read more

Three ways to ensure California’s prosperity emerge from Summit’s Capitol Day

Three big themes emerged from Tuesday’s California Economic Summit Capitol Day, where more than 250 civic leaders representing the state’s diverse regional economies met with lawmakers and state officials to discuss how to build on the success of the Summit’s statewide prosperity strategy. Read more

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News Clips

D.A. seeking six-month jail term for state Sen. Roderick Wright

Prosecutors are asking a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to sentence suspended state Sen. Roderick D. Wright to six months in county jail, according to recent court filings. Read more

Quake early-warning system could be built with water bond funds

The money needed to complete California's proposed earthquake early-warning system could well come from the billion-dollar water bond issue now on the November ballot, lawmakers in Sacramento and the scientists developing it said Monday. Read more

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on L.A. visit

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto kicked off a two-day tour of California with a speech to Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles on Monday in which he pledged to make life better for his countrymen living on both sides of the border. Read more

Northern California earthquake: Preparedness put to the test

It was the first significant test of the Bay Area's preparedness for a major disaster in nearly 25 years - a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that ripped through the North Bay early Sunday, injuring more than 170 people, damaging scores of homes and buildings in Napa and Vallejo, and knocking out power to thousands. Read more

One desal plant, two countries?

The San Diego County Water Authority is participating in discussions with Mexican water agencies on the possibility of a publicly owned binational desalination plant in Rosarito Beach. 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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