CA Fwd and CSBA come together to form LCFF Collaborative “living laboratory”

It’s significant when 17 school districts and county offices of education agree to participate in a pilot program designed to figure out best practices for the rest of the state on LCFF and LCAP implementation. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance

New research shows CA youth more likely to have their vote-by-mail ballots rejected

New research reveals demographic disparities in California’s unsuccessful vote-by-mail ballots, finding youth are more likely to have their vote-by-mail ballots rejected than older voters. Read More

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

Your final vote by mail cheatsheet!

A record-breaking 69 percent of voters in the June 2014 primary cast their ballots by mail. And more than one million vote-by-mail ballots have already been cast for the November general election. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections

Sen. Alex Padilla: Showing Millennials that voting does matter

While we can’t legislate more exciting candidates, we can do more to show voters that every vote matters Read More

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

New data shows strong support Proposition 1, gains for Proposition 2

It's less than two weeks from the election and neither the drought, the support for the state water bond seem, or interest in beefing up the state's budget reserve seem to be waning much.  Read More

Pete Weber and Jim Mayer: State political reform is working

The evidence is growing that voters are getting the political reform they wanted when they seized from lawmakers the authority to draw district boundaries, opened primary elections to all voters, and modified term limits to reduce constant campaigning. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Government

Public database of county by county elections costs in the works for California

A slew of election reforms are proposed each year. When reviewing a measure, one of the first things legislators want to know is: What’s the cost? Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections

Today is final day to register to vote in November election

While online voter registration has boosted the number of 18-24 year olds added to the voter registration rolls, young people remain underrepresented as a proportion of the state’s overall electorate Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections

California farmers unite to adapt to climate change

Farmer-led group is collaborating to seek out innovations worldwide to tackle the potential impact of climate change on agriculture in California and nationwide. Read More

Categories: Economy, Regional Economies

Proposition 2 receives overwhelming endorsements from across the political spectrum

Proposition 2 captures revenue spikes, doubles the size of California's rainy day fund and accelerates paying down the state’s “wall of debt” Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Multi-Year Budget, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget

VIDEO: Long Beach city councilman asks residents how they would spend $250,000

Less than three months into his first term, Long Beach City Councilmember Rex Richardson is already proving he’s not afraid to shake up City Hall. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Reader Poll

Pete Peterson on Millennial civic engagement: Know the challenges

If there’s one thing I've learned, it’s that what works to increase engagement for one group or community might not be what works for another. This is particularly true for Millennials, who face different civic engagement challenges than other generations. Read More

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

Newly launched Voter’s Edge is one-stop info resource for voters

Berkeley-based MapLight has partnered with the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund to create the most robust single website for information concerning California elections Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections

What you can do for California

This volatility is predictable, but the consequences are avoidable: Proposition 2 on the November ballot is the best solution developed after a generation of debate. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund

Bill signed by governor creates workforce data “dashboard” to improve education

Effort will look at student progress before and after graduation to track the effectiveness of how the state is preparing workers.  Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Transparency, Economy, Regional Economies, Education, Transparency

More online tools emerging to educate and inform voting-age Millennials

California has a great opportunity in its 299 colleges with their enormous student population to lead yet again in registering and engaging the Millennials who make up 34 percent of the adult population Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Californians, Millennials

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

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