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Work continues after California budget and election reform victories

California earned a rating bump because of its latest budget, while citizen-led reforms won major victory in U.S. Supreme Court.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Redistricting, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Proposition 11, Redistricting

CA Fwd’s comment on U.S. Supreme Court’s redistricting ruling

Statement on Monday's ruling in favor of independent redistricting commissions in Arizona case Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Governance Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

U.S. Supreme Court upholds citizens redistricting

The Supreme Court affirmed the power of Arizona's independent commission to draw congressional boundaries, a decision that protects California's own citizens redistricting reform. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

Open Data bill is an important update to the California Public Records Act

Proposed law essentially redefines public records from individual documents to the information or data they contain. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Government, Leadership Council, Bob Hertzberg, Accountability, Transparency

12 new ways to close infrastructure funding gaps highlighted by CA Fwd and Economic Summit partners

Paying for badly needed maintenance of California's transportation system would benefit from using "fourth sector" models, which combine public, private and nonprofit resources for public good.  Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Infrastructure

Report: Taking open data to next level requires quality data, committed leaders

While city governments are increasingly making their data open, the standards of data quality and leadership dedicated to initiatives are often all over the map, says a new report from USC. Read More

VIDEO: California proposal to expand voting options takes cues from Colorado

Watch author of election modernization law talk about reforms that helped boost Colorado's voter turnout, ideas that prompted a new proposed reform bill supported by California's elections chief.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

CA Fwd offers policy framework for special legislative session on road funding

Legislature working on addressing a $59 billion-backlog in state road and highways maintenance, but so far, proposed fixes have been temporary solutions to a long-term infrastructure investment issue.  Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, State Budget, Tax Reform

The road to democracy via the Lachin Corridor

County clerk from California made the 7,000-mile trek to the disputed region and de facto independent state of Nagorno-Karabakh to observe recent elections and found them to be free and fair--along with a population informed and excited about participating.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

SoCal Latino leaders gather to help schools and cities embrace technology

Elected leaders and school officials came together to discuss cities and districts being left behind by the pace of new technology and how to adapt smartly to boost civic engagement, education outcomes and local economies.  Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Democracy, Civic Engagement, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Economy, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Transparency

CA Fwd’s Fred Silva explains a new tool for urban economic development

California's new law to help local governments work together to pay for a broad range of infrastructure projects takes a smarter approach to economic development than the state's old Redevelopment funding.  Read More

Categories: Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Working Access Group

Poll: Californians say voter turnout a big problem, support election reforms

Survey shows most voters and non-voters open to reforms designed to boost turnout, like sending every registered Californian a vote-by-mail ballot and automatically registering people who utilize DMV. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Government, Civic Engagement, Elections, State Budget

Eloy Ortiz Oakley and Pamela Burdman: Community colleges sending too many into remedial math

Simple innovation could boost college completion outcomes without sacrificing higher education quality. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Education

Millennial rewrites story of homelessness through workforce training, education access

Economic challenges of California's younger generation of job seekers shown in story of millennial who returned to school and work after being homeless.  Read More

Categories: Community Services, Economy, Creating Jobs, Working Access Group, Education

A Sustainable Los Angeles? That’s the Plan!

City's first Sustainability Officer explains what the "triple bottom line" means when it comes to measuring the plan to improve the quality life of residents.  Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Economy, Working Access Group, Accountability, Transparency

California’s political reforms are working

Latest special election in district with political makeup similar to the entire state shows how California's top-two primary is an incentive for less partisan politics. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Civic Engagement, Elections, Governance Reform, Proposition 14, Redistricting

Governor’s budget is good news not because it’s bigger—but because it’s better

Spending plan takes a forward-looking approach to spending surging revenues, smartly making one-time investments for the long term rather than making all-around increases that will have to be cut next recession. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tax Reform

VIDEO: California Chief Justice leads charge to close civic knowledge gap

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye created partnership with California schools to boost student proficiency in civic to encourage more participation in democracy. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections

Lenny Mendonca and Doug Henton: California must invest now in education and infrastructure

California has an opportunity to build for long-term prosperity with smart investments in schools, workforce development and infrastructure. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Budget Reform, Education, State Budget

CA Fwd Statement on Governor’s Budget Revision

Our comments on the just-released May budget revision by Governor Brown. Read More

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