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

L.A. election demonstrates the power of the few

Los Angeles City Council members each represent districts of about 250,000 people. But three incumbents on Tuesday reclaimed their seats with what could end up being fewer than 10,000 votes apiece. Read more

Number crunch defines first part of the LCAP rubric

Numerical data on a wide array of topics – from facilities and teacher assignments to learning climate and test scores – would serve as the centerpiece of a performance rubric for analyzing how well schools are using new state money to educate students. Read more

Measures to bolster voter turnout sail toward passage; incumbents fend off challenges

In a campaign where the issue of voter participation was front and center, two measures to bolster turnout by combining Los Angeles elections with state and federal contests sailed toward passage Tuesday, early results showed. Read more

Legislating Evidence-Based Policymaking

Under increasing pressure to demonstrate effectiveness and do more with less, many governments are expanding their use of evidence-based programs—those shown in rigorous evaluations to be effective. Read more

Supreme Court skeptical of citizen panels that redraw congressional districts

The future of California’s effort to entrust a nonpartisan citizens’ panel with redrawing the state’s congressional districts appeared in serious doubt Monday after arguments in the Supreme Court. Read more

Bay Area Legislator Says Fight Outside Campaign Cash … By Taxing It

Critics of the outsized role that independent political action committees now have in campaigns often talk about clamping down, imposing contribution limits and the like. But one brand-new idea in the state Capitol suggests something different: impose a tax. Read more

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