Commentary

Environmental symposium to tackle California land use, water and CEQA

Planning and Conservation League meeting looks to stimulate conversation about three challenges vital to California.  Read More

Categories: Economy, Regional Economies

Conference to spotlight efforts to modernize California’s elections and boost turnout

At upcoming gathering, election officials will tackle state's low voter participation and fundamentals like adequately paying for elections.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Paying for California’s elections remains big concern among registrars

Counties face many challenges including inadequate funding while efforts to boost turnout could increase costs Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Sentencing Reform and Redemption, California Style

In correcting a mistake with sentencing reform, Governor Brown's move could open the door to create cost-effective, smart and humane criminal justice strategies in California. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment, Restructuring

How culture shift and data redefined probation success in Riverside County

Focusing on results and data helped staff rethink about what their department could do to lessen the burden on the jails. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment

California Housing Shortage Getting More Attention

California's housing shortage is getting more attention as supply falls far below the demand. Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Economy

California Economic Summit on Community College Chancellor Search

The California Economic Summit Workforce and Advancing Manufacturing teams urge President Geoffrey Baum and Vice President Cecilia Estolano to select a Chancellor committed to accelerating the alignment between employers and educational and training institutions to improve meeting workforce needs while benefiting students and their families. Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Community Services, School Governance, Education

California’s Rainy Day Fund - Protecting our Future

Lenny Mendonca and Pete Weber, co-Chairs of California Forward's Leadership Council, on how California's Rainy Day Fund is protecting our Future. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund

VIDEO: How California can make it easier to do business

Assemblymember talks about how streamlining regulations could help boost economic outcomes for all Californians Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs

Improve Voter Turnout? Three States Are Poised to Make News

The Future of California Elections' 2016 conference in Los Angeles will be held on February 25-26. Doug Chapin will moderate a panel featuring Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

Increasing Voter Turnout Is Not Simple

On Thursday night, the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials (CACEO) and UCLA sponsored a discussion on California's voter turnout and the utilization of technology to increase turnout.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

State Controller Betty Yee to California’s regions: ‘Talk to us”

Yee: Paying for California's future and fixing its problems will need more collaboration instead of fighting over pieces of the budget year after year. Read More

Categories: Financing the Future, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tax Reform

CA Fwd Statement on Rainy Day Fund and Ballot Initiatives

“The decision to include payments into the state's new rainy day fund in the proposed ballot measure that would extend high income tax rates is a victory for all Californians...." Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, State Budget, Tax Reform

VIDEO: Local control of Ontario Airport could mean more Inland Empire jobs

As final agreement handing control of the airport to a local authority is wrapped up, we asked a local Assemblymember what the transfer means for jobs. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies

Governor doubles down on improving workforce pipeline in proposed budget

A California Economic Summit approach to boosting workforce training in the state would get a shot in the arm via Jerry Brown's budget.  Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, State Budget

CA Fwd’s Comments on Governor Brown’s 2016-2017 Budget Proposal

Read our response to major items-of-note in Gov. Jerry Brown's new proposed state budget  Read More

VIDEO: California’s 2016 voter turnout in elections chief Alex Padilla’s sights

Now that California's motor voter registration law was approved, CA Fwd asks the Secretary of State how to actually get more voters to vote.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

Ever Forward: CA Fwd’s 2015 Year in Review

Look back at a productive year for California Forward in its goal to make the California Dream more attainable for all.  Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Community Services, Democracy, Fiscal Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Education, Elections, LCFF, Transparency

CA Fwd and Riverside County put data to work on jail overcrowding

The county probation department successfully used data analysis to create a 25 percent reduction in probation violations since spring of 2014. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment

Education working group CSBA/CA Fwd Collaborative garners statewide attention

Collaboration of school districts and education leaders presents year of promising practices implementing California's Local Control Funding Formula schools reform.  Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Local Control Funding Formula, Education, LCFF

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