Alarmed by the cost of holding special elections whenever a vacancy occurs in the Legislature, a state panel on Tuesday endorsed putting a measure before voters that would allow the governor to appoint people to fill empty seats. Read more
Our running list of CA Fwd news coverage, alongside selected items on reform in California.
Tomorrow the Legislature will gavel in a special session — called by Governor Jerry Brown — on California’s rainy day fund. In convening this session, the Governor released details of his own rainy day fund proposal, which would restructure the state’s existing rainy day fund, the Budget Stabilization Account (BSA). Read more
A raft of bills to set tougher ethics rules for California politicians cleared their first legislative hurdle Tuesday as the state Senate prepared for a daylong refresher course on standards of conduct. Lawmakers say better adherence to existing rules and tougher restrictions in the future are needed to win back the public's trust after three state senators were charged with crimes. Read more
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
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