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CA Fwd Calls on Legislators to Take Immediate Action on Implementing Reforms to Restore Public Trust

“Path Toward Trust” Urges Specific Actions to Increase Transparency on Financial Data and Public Decisions Read More

California Forward and California Special Districts Association launch new transparency portal

Today California Forward (CA Fwd) and the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) have launched a first-of-its-kind portal providing data and information on more than 1,100 California special districts.  Read More

CA Fwd Issues the State of Transparency in California As Part of National Sunshine Week

The Update Reinforces CA Fwd's Efforts to Encourage Transparency to Strengthen Good Government Practices in California Read More

New CA Fwd Report Shows Pretrial Programs Could be Cost-Effective Alternatives to Crowded Jails

Report Features Best Practices from Pretrial Programs in Five California Counties Read More

The historic first California Economic Summit Concludes—For now

Californians will be able to comment online before a final report is issued Read More

New survey shows California Millennials ready to shape California’s future

California’s millennials like living in California, trust its government and education system, and are highly optimistic about its future, according to a survey released today by California Forward (CA Fwd). Read More

Californians Weigh in on Government Reform

California Forward to Present Ideas from around the State to Governor Brown...  Read More

California Viewpoints Survey Reveals Optimistic Results

Californians agree: efficiency, transparency and accountability must be focus of solutions... Read More

Budget Reform Bills Introduced in Senate

Senators DeSaulnier & Wolk Call for 2-Year Budget and Performance-Based Budgeting Read More

Major California Civic Health Study to Be Released on November 10

Following the key November 2 mid-term elections, the Congressionally-chartered National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), in collaboration with Pepperdine University's Davenport Institute, California Forward, and the Center for Civic Education, will release its annual study of California civic participation - the 2010 California Civic Health Index - at a press conference at Pepperdine (Drescher Graduate Campus from noon to 1:30 p.m.) on November 10. Read More

California Voters Vote No on Proposition 27

With over 22 percent of the precincts reporting, California voters have once again chosen political reform by voting down Proposition 27 with over 60 percent. Proposition 27 would have overturned voter-approved redistricting reforms, eliminated the Citizens Redistricting Commission and returned the power to draw state legislative districts back to the politicians.  Read More

Californians Weigh In On Budget Reform

SACRAMENTO - As the state's gubernatorial candidates face off in debates in advance of the November election, Californians across the state are answering a call from California Forward to use this opportunity to share their thoughts on budget reform. Read More

Diverse Coalition to Defend Voters’ Right to Keep California Politicians Honest

The Keep Voters First (No on Proposition 27) campaign today announced a broad coalition in opposition to Prop 27, a measure on the November 2010 ballot that would eliminate the independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and return the power to draw state legislative districts to politicians.  Read More

Diverse Coalition to Defend Voters’ Right to Keep California Politicians Honest

The Keep Voters First (No on Proposition 27) campaign today announced a broad coalition in opposition to Prop 27, a measure on the November 2010 ballot that would eliminate the independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and return the power to draw state legislative districts to politicians.  Read More

On Eve of First Debate, California Forward Challenges Candidates to Tackle Budget Reform

With the major candidates for Governor set to square off in their first debate, California Forward issued an open letter urging the candidates to take a stand on reforming the state’s budget process and launched a newspaper and online effort inviting people to share their ideas on fixing California. Read More

State Auditor Makes Good Progress on Redistricting Commission Applicant Pool

Public interest organizations that have been advocating for the successful implementation of a citizens redistricting commission applauded Thursday the efforts of the Bureau of State Audits to develop a qualified, diverse pool of candidates Read More

Silicon Valley Leadership Group Pushes for Budget Reforms as Part of Budget Solution

Calling on the Governor and legislative leaders to include fundamental budget reform in this year’s agreement on the state budget, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Board of Directors has voted unanimously to join a chorus of Californians endorsing the California Forward Fiscal Reform Plan.  Read More

Primary Reform Could Boost Voter Participation

According to a new report published by California Forward, a non-partisan “top two” primary system would likely boost turnout of independent voters as well as voters registered with particular parties.  Read More

California Forward Reforms Move Ahead

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Pérez announced today that the Legislature’s proposal to overhaul the state Constitution will include California Forward’s non-partisan plan to reform the budget process and give communities new tools to solve local problems.  Read More

Governor endorses Budget Reform Package in State of the State

Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) applauded Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s support for her proposal on performance-based budgeting and other budget reforms in his State of the State address today before the State Legislature. Read More

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