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

The retro election? Fewest votes for California governor since 1978

It’s sobering to consider how many things have changed since the last time so few votes were cast in the race for governor of California: The state’s population was 40 percent smaller. Donna Summer had the No. 1 song on the charts. Jerry Brown handily won re-election as governor. Read more

California selects contractors for next phase of bullet train route

The state high-speed rail authority took another key step Thursday in building the initial segments of the bullet train system between Los Angeles and San Francisco, saying it had preliminarily selected a team of contractors for another 65 miles of the route through the Central Valley. Read more

A more mature Gov. Brown has less to say in speeches, plenty to do

Maybe it's because he is a contrarian. But Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't go for conventional celebrating. Also, he now believes, why give two speeches when one will do just fine? Read more

New evaluation of Linked Learning initiative

Linked learning high school programs hold promise in boosting student engagement and lead to “moderately greater” success in school, but translate to little improvement on standardized tests and struggle to retain special needs and English learner students, according to a new independent evaluation of nine such programs in California. Read more

New Santa Barbara County report shows prison realignment law has positive impact

In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed the controversial bill AB 109 to reduce overcrowding in California's prisons. Read more

Isadore Hall wins special election for state Senate seat

Former Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall III of Compton on Tuesday won a special election for the state Senate, beating three other candidates for a Los Angeles County seat left vacant by the resignation of Sen. Roderick Wright. Read more

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