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VIDEO: Why care about how California pays for elections?

Solving state-local tension over funding elections is key to reducing costs, improving the voter experience and modernizing aging voting technology. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

CA Fwd report outlines plan to upgrade how California pays for elections

Analysis sheds light on state-local tension over county funding of elections and reforms dependent on solving the problem. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Elections, State Budget

Op-Ed: When community colleges join forces, student opportunities abound

How regionalism and collaboration between industry and colleges produce stronger skills for students to take to the workforce Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Economy, Regional Economies

New programs launched to help California foster youth succeed in school

Foster youth achievement in school, from K-12 to college, is challenged by instability, housing and healthcare issues. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Education

Staying the course on most of the budget, governor turns aggressive on housing crisis

In budget proposal update, Brown outlines a collection of state and local actions to speed up housing construction Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, State Budget

VIDEO: Matching scale of California’s housing crisis requires all-of-the-above strategy

Coalition making case for tackling housing affordability and supply for more Californians Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Economy

Government transparency initiative closer to landing on California’s November ballot

Measure would update California's Constitution to help prevent last-minute gut-and-amend practice by state legislators. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

The Achievement Gap: Don’t forget the individuality of students behind the numbers

As California works to close the education achievement gap, labels should not be used to define academic potential of our students. Read More

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

California needs to think long-term after extra election funding approved

California is correctly addressing perfect storm of competitive presidential primary and glut of November ballot measures. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Op-ed: Preparing workers in California at the speed of business

California -- of all states – should be leading the nation on delivering on preparing a workforce for the 21st century. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies

California halfway to next round of redistricting

Many Californians and election officials already looking ahead to the state's next redrawing of election districts, scheduled for 2021.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Future of California Elections, Proposition 11, Redistricting, Elections, Proposition 11, Redistricting

Website lets Californians explore the costs of running an election

Association of county election officials launches website that dives into statewide database of how much an election costs, from staffing polling places to printing ballots. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

California counties worried about cost of June primary—and beyond

With California playing an important role in this year's presidential cycle, the state's long-term election funding challenge has come into sharp focus.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections Funding Project

California seeking Chief Data Officer

Candidate will face challenge of boosting access and quality of government data, while dealing with how to share with a public skeptical of government.  Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

Mentoring program offers Kern County offenders a pathway away from jail

Promising partnership with county and nonprofit having impact on the region's high rate of return to jail by the formerly incarcerated. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment, Crime

­Senator Feinstein Joins California Economic Summit

Organized by CA Fwd and the California Stewardship Network, Summit will gather for the fifth annual statewide meeting in Sacramento in December. Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

Chris Gates: Catalyzing state-based political reform across the country

Linking reform-minded leaders to solve problems on the local and state level will be key to filling vacuum left by federal partisan gridlock.  Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Government

Don’t forget the median wage—and higher

Once the minimum wage debate is complete, California should also talk as much about a workforce development investment strategy to help people move above minimum wage. Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies

San Diego job center uses employment to prevent a return behind bars

Participants in reentry program receive workshops, employment services, even the loan of business attire. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment

Lenny Mendonca: Hiram Johnson Would Like This California Era of Reform

Despite shortcomings, the state's citizen ballot initiative process has brought important reforms to California via direct democracy. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Term Limits, Leadership Council, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Lenny Mendonca

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