Two bills addressing election efficiency and transparency signed into law

Governor Brown has signed two bills that that are important steps toward continuing the restoration of public trust in government by increasing transparency and overall confidence in the electoral process Read More

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

Ballot Initiative Transparency Act signed into law by Governor Brown

This weekend California's ballot initiative process became a little better for all of us. I was honored to be with Governor Brown when he signed SB 1253, the Ballot Initiative Transparency Act. Read More

New report shows women are underrepresented in local California government

Despite comprising nearly half of the population and workforce, women occupy less than a third of local government seats in the Golden State Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Californians

Release: California Forward Action Fund launches “Yes on Proposition 2” campaign

Voters urged to protect critical services Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund

New survey highlights role colleges can play in informing and registering young voters

Did your university ever send you a reminder to register to vote? Well according to a survey of more than 1,000 California students conducted by the CALPRIG Education Fund, they should have Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Californians, Millennials

CA State Controller: Always more work to be done in the name of transparency

As California State Controller, my job hinges on having access to the numbers that help me to tell the stories about what direction our State, communities, schools and businesses are heading. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Government

VIDEO: Rethinking offender care in Santa Barbara County

Now almost three years into AB 109, counties like Santa Barbara are allocating resources toward programming that stops recidivism in its tracks Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment

Reader Poll: Millennials optimistic about future but down on present economy

The biggest, most diverse generation has witnessed the boom and bust of recent years. Not surprisingly, they're worried about their economic future. An economic summit in Los Angeles this week looked to start a conversation on making a difference in that outlook. Read More

Categories: Economy, Californians, Millennials

Don’t call “government innovation” in California an oxymoron

On Tuesday in the Capitol, the Committee on the Awards for Innovations in Higher Education outlined its plans for allocating $50 million to community colleges and universities Read More

Categories: Economy, Smart Investment

Online voter info key to getting hyper-connected Millennials to the polls

Remember a time when you couldn't think of any song or any clip from any movie, look it up on YouTube and immediately share it with a friend in a few seconds time? Millennials don’t. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Californians, Millennials, Government

STEAM-powered carnival seeks to create tomorrow’s engineers

A new kind of show is coming to town. But instead of being wowed by lion tamers and cycling clowns, a group of mad scientists entertain the future of technology. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs

Poll: What should be the top priority for next CA Secretary of State?

Although not yet elected, a lengthy to-do list already awaits the next California Secretary of State on his first day in office. Which issue do you think he should tackle first? Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Reader Poll

Do you accept the California Water Challenge?

Nonprofit group creates an online game that lets Californians learn about the state's daunting water challenge and then make some tough decisions about water policy. Read More

Categories: Infrastructure

Candidates for elections chief tout resumes and ways to boost voter turnout

A conversation between the two candidates for Secretary of State appear to differ more on their approach to getting under the hood of California's elections than on what needs fixing. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

Californians will save water, but will they vote?

"CA Fwd will be listening closely to the candidates to see how they plan to reverse the troubling trend of declining voter participation, how they will energize efforts to modernize Cal Access, and how they will ensure VoteCal implementation is timely with appropriate stakeholder involvement to make a system that will last," said Jim Mayer, President and CEO of CA Fwd.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Californians, Millennials

Latino Millennials are an expanding and influential voter demo

Hispanic Millennials make up about seven percent of California’s voting population and are influential both for their own numbers and how they also provide information to older generations Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Californians, Millennials, Government

CA Fwd applauds State Controller for launch of open data portal

California Forward congratulates the California State Controller’s Office on its new open data portal, Read More

What Tesla’s choosing of Nevada over California really means

Tesla’s decision to build its $5 billion gigafactory in Reno, Nev. is disappointing – but not the loss decried by its harshest critics Read More

Categories: Economy

Reader Poll: Who won, Neel Kashkari or Gov. Brown?

Did the gubernatorial debate change your opinion of either candidate? Read More

Categories: Democracy, Government, Jerry Brown

Lawmakers approve legislation giving cities more robust tools for building infrastructure

The power of local financing can fund roads, transit-oriented housing and much more Read More

Categories: Economy

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