In 2009, overcrowding in California’s prisons had gotten so bad—140,000 inmates crammed into prisons built to house just 80,000—that federal judges ruled it violated prisoners’ civil rights. Read more
Our running list of CA Fwd news coverage, alongside selected items on reform in California.
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith told the City Council on Monday that the city may have been violating the state’s open meetings law for the last 13 years. Read more
The good government coalition backing SB 1253 argues that the bill represents significant ballot initiative reform – it does not, as I’ve explained here and here previously – by emphasizing the provisions to improve transparency in the measure, which is called the Ballot Initiative Transparency Act. Read more
Suspended California Senator Rod Wright says he’s resigning from office, three days after he was convicted of perjury and voter fraud. Read more
Californians will listen and they will act. They just need to be convinced. This week’s news that statewide urban usage of water has dropped 7.5 percent is a sign that you can get through to millions of Californians to do the right thing. Now, if only we could do the same about voting. Read more