Commentary

Blowing the Whistle: It’s Harder Than You Think

California state employee whistleblowers are legally protected, except those working for the Legislature. Yet a widely supported bill to change that has had trouble passing. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Governance Reform

VIDEO: School officials and equity groups team up to close achievement gap

Coalition of school districts and education equity organizations came together to find common ground. Read More

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

How insufficient election funding can hold back voter turnout

Election officials are taking stock of how smoothly California's primary elections ran, while dealing with long-standing funding problems. Read More

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

California workforce training gets $200 million boost from budget

State budget passage means community college CTE programs will get a much needed upgrade on how the colleges train to meet demands.  Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Economy, Regional Economies

In 2016 elections, progress for women running for office remains mixed

While wins at the top of the ticket are evident, the news in other state and local races is more complicated. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

How the Top Two primary is changing California

Observers of California politics reflect on the electoral reform, which resulted in 23 state races with candidates from the same party facing off in November.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Elections, Proposition 14

From the Ivory Tower to the Mean Streets of Santa Monica

Recent studies document the moderating effects of California's Top Two primary and independent redistricting reform Read More

Categories: Democracy, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

California voters approve Prop 50 with more reform measures on horizon

Ballot initiative wins overwhelming approval from voters; proposals to boost transparency in the Legislature move forward Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Initiative Reform, Elections

CA Fwd statement on California Legislature Transparency Act

Statement on behalf of James Mayer, President & CEO of California Forward Read More

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

To supporters, Prop 50 is small but correct step in good government direction

Measure before voters on June 7 primary ballot seeks to allow Legislature to suspend its members without pay Read More

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

After unlikely climb to lead UPS operations, exec shares concern about California’s skills gap

California needs to produce more middle-skill workers says Noel Massie who worked his way up from part-time truck loader to operations manager for U.S. Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Economy, Regional Economies

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: Community Services, Restructuring, Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

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