Commentary

Data on money in politics provides essential infrastructure for a 50 State Solution

Hard facts about political campaign spending are critical to judging how well reforms are working Read More

Categories: 50 State, Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

VIDEO: Community Colleges aim to better prepare California millennials for today’s economy

New chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley says students will need skills to make more career and job changes than previous generations Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

California Community Colleges rewarded for supporting budding entrepreneurs

Efforts to promote entrepreneurs and small business in California earned national recognition Read More

California and CA Fwd should double-down on Smart Government

In divisive era, government reform needs to start with framework based on goals, metrics, and accountability for outcomes Read More

Categories: CA Fwd Legacy, Community Services, Restructuring, Governance Reform, Leadership Council

CA Fwd’s Comments on Governor Brown’s 2017-18 Budget Proposal

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

Categories: California Economic Summit, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Jim Mayer

Training center built by colleges and manufacturers to close Inland Empire skills gap

Collaboration helps train more skilled workers to meet local demand as older workers retire and technology changes Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

CA Fwd and Riverside County: Using Data to Solve Problems

A model for system change sprang from a need to make criminal justice more cost-effective and lower jail populations Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

No one is coming to the rescue to solve California’s housing crisis. So let’s do it ourselves.

Even with all the housing bills signed into law last year, the governor and Legislature missed the opportunity to sufficiently respond to the crisis Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

VIDEO: The California Economic Summit—Five years on and poised for more growth

Watch our video wrap-up of the 2016 Summit which drew more than 500 Californians to refine a roadmap to shared prosperity Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

Specialty nurse shortage prompts program promoting “high fidelity” training

Data shows a need for more than 6,000 newly qualified nurses in Southern California alone. Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

CA Fwd showed how to make progress in divisive year of politics

2016 successes in transparency and accountability show potential for gains in 2017 Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Project aims to help prevent Californians from violating political ethics rules

State political watchdog enforces rules hundreds of times a year but reform project looks to help reduce those violations Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act

Northrop Grumman finds success collaborating with community colleges

Aerospace manufacturing manager talks about effort to boost SoCal regional workforce Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

National legal writing expert applies “plain-English” principles to California reform project

How to bring clarity to state's complex political ethics rules Read More

Categories: Democracy, Political Reform Act, Accountability, Transparency

Summit opening video sums up 2016 progress, kicks off 2017 work ahead

Opening video and closing words of this year's CA Economic Summit supplied springboard for solving big problems Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

New chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley shares vision for California Community Colleges

Education leader talks about how the colleges can move more students into 21st century jobs Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Education

Tell Stories! 2016 Summit wraps with call to action for 2017

An inspiring request to show the rest of the country what's possible closed out the fifth annual Summit in Sacramento Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

California Economic Summit: Going Beyond Random Acts of Excellence

How the Summit provides a forum, outside the state capitol, for Californians to find common ground to solve problems Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

Summit: Strong supply of housing and water key to upward mobility in California

Public and private leaders came together to stress the urgency of state's housing crisis and persistent water issues  Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

California’s higher education leadership share Summit stage to talk upward mobility

California leaders at Summit tout needed investment & long-term planning for state's higher education system Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

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