Over the past six years, many of the needed reforms identified by CA Fwd in 2008 have been enacted and implemented. These reforms – along with experienced political leadership and a recovering economy – have eased partisan gridlock, reversed fiscal trends and begun a restructuring of government authority to better align with the state’s size, diversity and complexity.

Here's a short list of our recent successes. For more details, scroll down and click on any of the headers below.


Citizens Redistricting. Prop 11 in 2008 took the decennial job of drawing political boundaries away from lawmakers and gave it to citizens to reduce partisan gerrymandering.
Top-Two Primary. Prop 14 in 2010 gave every voter the right to vote for all candidates in primary elections, giving politicians an incentive to appeal to all voters in their districts.
Term Limit Reform. Prop 28 in 2012 allowed state lawmakers to serve up to 12 years in either house of the Legislature, giving them a chance to build expertise and relationships.
Public Records Reform. Prop 42 in 2014 affirmed in the constitution the public’s right to local government records.
Ballot Initiative Reform. SB 1253 in 2014 increased public review of proposed ballot measures, increased transparency about supporters and encouraged legislative solutions.
Simple Majority Vote for the State Budget. Prop 25 in 2010 made it harder for partisan stalemates to hold up funding for essential state and community services.
Rainy Day Fund. Prop 2 in 2014 provided a mechanism for managing volatile revenue and saving money to provide essential services during economic recessions.
Community Corrections. CA Fwd is helping counties develop cost-effective strategies to implement new state laws that give local government control over more criminal offenders.
K-12 schools. CA Fwd is helping school districts use new authority and resources to close the achievement gap.
Good Jobs. CA Fwd, along with the CA Stewardship Network, is leading the CAEconomic Summit, a regions-driven effort to identify state actions that encourage job growth.
Workforce Investments. The Summit network has worked to steer state resources toward programs that increase job skills for a new generation of middle class wage earners.
Infrastructure Financing Tools. The Summit network crafted and advocated for new local authority to finance infrastructure that supports jobs, communities and the environment.
Sustainable Development. The Summit network has also helped direct a dedicated source of funding to affordable housing, make water investments that protect the state from future droughts, and expand partnerships between schools and the manufacturing industry to build a steady source of well-paying jobs.



Overview
Create Accountability for Results
Promote Cost-Effective Public Services
Grow More Middle Class Jobs