News Clips

Our running list of CA Fwd news coverage, alongside selected items on reform in California.

L.A. County OKs contract to design new touch-screen voting system

Los Angeles County is moving to overhaul the way millions of residents vote by replacing the antiquated, ink-based balloting system with modern touch-screen machines. Officials said the touch-screen system would be easier for voters to navigate and reduce the risk of errors in filling out and counting ballots. Read more

Local governance held lead the way to HHS convergence (industry perspective)

Good health does not happen in isolation. Social and economic factors such as education, healthy food, housing and income — often referred to as social determinants — have a significant influence on health. Effectively addressing health-care challenges, including improving access, increasing awareness, and preventing and lowering costs, requires better convergence of health and human services systems. Read more

Why Steve Jobs might have failed at government innovation

Entrepreneurship and business are marked by stories of genius: individuals envisioning a goal, taking action with courage and overcoming great adversity to achieve success. Some of the most triumphant people in our nation’s history failed miserably, sometimes more than once. Read more

Something new: Cross party appeal

Have we ever had a more dismal election? For the first time in 60 years there is no serious race for governor, nor any other partisan statewide office. Read more

Prop 2’s new reserve for K-14 education is unlikely to have impact, though local school district

As we have blogged about recently, setting aside funds in good economic times to help meet the challenges that arise during economic downturns is a sound budgeting practice — and one California voters supported when they approved Proposition 58 in 2004. Proposition 2, a constitutional amendment placed on the November 4, 2014 ballot by the Legislature, would rewrite the rules governing deposits into and withdrawals from the state’s existing Budget Stabilization Account (BSA) — and, as we explained last week, would require the state to pay down “budgetary debt” for the next 15 years. Read more

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