Commentary

Public comment period extended for Political Reform Act Revision Project

Time added to first round of public comment on the draft revision of California's 42-year-old political ethics law Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Elections

Communities weigh in on improving mental illness treatment in and out of incarceration

State project on mental illness and criminal justice spends time listening to family members, advocates and clients Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Crime

Time is right for making California’s landmark political ethics law clearer says co-author

Q&A with Political Reform Act co-author Bob Stern on modernizing law for 21st century Read More

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

California ballot propositions cut down to haiku size

Los Angeles man created poetic, three-line descriptions for each of California's 17 ballot propositions Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Civic Engagement, Elections

California seeks cost-effective mental health strategies to help reduce jail population

Upcoming meetings on intersection of mental health and criminal justice will ask community members and county agencies about what's working, what's not. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment, Crime

California Forward launches 50 State Solution political reform project

Project will capture and link state-based reform work from around the country being done to break partisan gridlock Read More

Categories: Democracy, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, 50 State, Governance Reform

CA Fwd jail study on mentally ill offenders in Riverside County receives high marks

Steps to improve treatment of incarcerated presented to California council dedicated to ending the criminalization of mental illness  Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment, Crime

Prop 54 supporters make their case for increased transparency

November ballot initiative would require all open legislative hearings be recorded and made available Read More

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

Riverside County aims to help mentally ill stop cycle of incarceration

Mentally ill offenders stayed in Riverside County jails for longer periods of time and were booked more often.  Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment, Crime

Registration launches for 2016 California Economic Summit in Sacramento

CA Fwd and partners inviting leaders to fifth annual Summit in the state capitol to expand shared prosperity in all regions. Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

Sacramento millennial jumps into local politics to bring fresh voice to table

“I’m young but I’m ready,” says the candidate about decision to step up and run for office.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

Head of California’s watchdog agency dedicated to “helping people do the right thing”

FPPC Chair Jodi Remke prioritized improving transparency and simplifying ethics law while strictly enforcing serious violations. Read More

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

Riverside County moves forward with steps to make criminal justice system more cost effective

Board of Supervisors approved this week recommendations to improve public safety outcomes and cut costs with advice and analysis from CA Fwd. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment, Crime

Public adds voice to project to modernize California’s political ethics law

Californians who deal with state's Political Reform Act praise project to simplify law's language Read More

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

VIDEO: California’s affordable housing crisis from residents’ perspective

Two formerly homeless Californians share their story about getting into permanent housing and the need for more Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

Report: Prisons and jails fast replacing hospitals as treatment centers for mentally ill

In some places, ten times the number of seriously mentally ill are incarcerated than the number housed in state psychiatric hospitals. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Crime

VIDEO: Modernizing California’s Political Reform Act draws capitol crowd

Simplifying California's complex political ethics law to increase participation is the focus of Sacramento event Read More

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

Commentary: Fighting Poverty in America

Too often poverty initiatives are not tailored to local community needs and not driven by evidence of effective outcomes. Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Community Services, Economy, Regional Economies, Leadership Council, Lenny Mendonca, Pete Weber

Local candidates seek more clarity in California’s Political Reform Act

Office seekers welcome simplification of convoluted a state ethics law that adds time and confusion to running in elections. Read More

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

Project to modernize California’s Political Reform Act takes stage in L.A.

Public interest in work to simplify state's political ethics law drew an audience of lawyers, public servants, academics and concerned citizens in Los Angeles. Read More

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

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