Q&A: Business takes interest in bridging gap with higher ed through innovation awards

SF Chamber president argues why industry and higher ed must bridge gap between them Read More

Categories: Economy, Education

VIDEO: How tech startups can improve government-citizen relationship

One thriving startup founder talks about how civic data can be an economic opportunity and a way to get citizens more engaged with government Read More

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

LCFF working group tackles LCAP challenges, funding and best practices

Funding adequacy remains major concern for group tasked with helping schools navigate California's local control funding formula Read More

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

VIDEO: California elections chief Alex Padilla lays out reform priorities

Voting rights, finished registration database and helping businesses top the California Secretary of State's list of needed reforms this year.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

Showcase for innovation awards in higher education hits capacity

Programs that improve outcomes in higher education to be showcased at event in Sacramento, for chance to be awarded part of $50 million to fund the ideas. Read More

California elections officials, voting advocates tackle low voter turnout

Elections conference takes up elections nuts-and-bolts issues like access and turnout numbers, like the mere 8.2% of young Californians who voted in November 2014. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

Doug Chapin and Vince Hall: Increasing voter participation is a California imperative

California is a leading voice in national elections and has an important opportunity to be a model for the rest of the country by solving complex problems like low voter turnout. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

VIDEO: How to get startup thinking into government

Open Data advocates know government can't always run like a business but could learn how to be more agile when solving problems. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

Laura Tyson & Lenny Mendonca: Inside the Training Revolution

Training the next generation of workers and keeping pace with technology will need the public and private sectors to collaborate better. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs

California Should Stabilize Taxes, Soften Reliance on Volatile Sources, Group Says

BNA story: California Forward set forward recommendations in the first in a series of reports regarding revenue that will be released during the next few months to explore the state's choices. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform

WEBINAR: Engaging the community in public safety realignment

Free CA Fwd webinar will discuss how counties can effectively engage the public with their realignment efforts in order to improve the community-based approach to public safety. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment, Civic Engagement, Partnership for Community Excellence

Open Data Roadshow Hits Fresno

Data experts from around the state gathered in Fresno to discuss how Open Data can benefit the Central Valley on issues including public health, economic development and financial stewardship. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Transparency, Transparency

CA Fwd report: Financing California’s future means thinking beyond Prop 30

Part 1 of new report previews needed conversation about long-term, equitable revenue system Read More

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

California Chief Justice to speak at state elections conference

"Working Together For A More Inclusive Democracy" is the theme of the Future of California Elections 2015 Conference. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections

VIDEO: City of L.A.‘s data chief explores taking open data to next level

Abhi Nemani on how governments can create value from open data and go beyond transparency Read More

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

California task force to close skills gap gets to work

CA Fwd's Jim Mayer and others assemble to help state's community colleges connect workforce training with industry skill needs. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs

CA Fwd co-chair Lenny Mendonca responds to criticism of BITA

When I read Henry Lawrence’s guest perspective on the passage and effect of the Ballot Initiative Transparency Act, or BITA, I was inspired to react because in many instances, I believe he is mistaken Read More

Categories: Democracy, Initiative Reform

Robust response to California Higher Education Innovation Awards

California has a growing shortage of skilled workers for major regional industry sectors and needs to better prepare people for in-demand and/or high growth jobs in major industry sectors Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance

New study finds dismal 2014 youth voter turnout may continue unabated

When less than 10 percent of eligible young Californians make their voice heard through the ballot box, the future of our state is refusing to have a say in our state’s future. Action needs to be taken. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections

CA Fwd’s letter to the Federal Election Commission

CA Fwd is asking the FEC to embrace and improve electronic disclosure of campaign finance information so that it's more difficult for large political donors to exert more influence on policy decisions than the average citizen Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections

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