Commentary

Campaign cash: A journey through the Cal-Access labyrinth

Update on the quest to upgrade California's obsolete campaign finance disclosure technology Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Transparency, Cal-Access, Transparency

VIDEO: Watch webinar intro to project simplifying California’s Political Reform Act

Introductory video lays out the goals and timeline to modernize the states political ethics law and how the public can participate Read More

Categories: Democracy, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

CA Fwd’s Eloy Oakley named chancellor of the California Community Colleges system

Innovative leader in public higher education will become the first Latino to helm the 113-college system Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Community Services, Innovation in Higher Education, Economy, Leadership Council, Education, Leadership Council

Political Reform Act Revision webinar draws great interest

Project will invite public comment on refreshed version of California's "overly complex, cumbersome and at times inconsistent" political ethics law. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

VIDEO: Why California is modernizing its Political Reform Act

Head of California's lead political watchdog agency shares why the political ethics law is in need of modernization. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Political Reform Act webinar set for this week

FPPC and CA Fwd will share info on project to make the law simpler to understand and enforce Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Governance Reform

Looking outside California for election reforms that improve turnout and save money

How reforms based in technology, innovation and practicality impact elections and the bottom line Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Scandal paved the way for Millennial “revolution” in Cudahy

Council in Southern California city now boasts a millennial majority and a new outlook after FBI investigation scandal. Read More

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

Modernization of California’s landmark Political Reform Act announced

Project to update California’s venerable political ethics law for the 21st century has kicked off and will include public webinar and input phases Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Governance Reform, Elections

The Politics of Prosperity

New report reveals Latinos' access to the American Dream is at risk because of a "representation gap" in high-level offices Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

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 funding can undermine elections

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

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