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What is California Forward?

If we only had a few seconds to describe ourselves to someone we were riding an elevator with, this is exactly what we would say Read More

VIDEO: California Community Colleges create task force on jobs

The 24 member group is charged with developing policies to prepare more students for existing high value jobs and to promote job creation with workforce training. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs

Data Summit: Appallicious founder on importance of open data

As tech experts gather to kick off the first regional open data event on Wednesday in Long Beach, we hear from last year's attendee Yo Yoshida on why he founded his company and why open data as a movement is important Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

Reforms need time and leadership, board has power to sustain both

Average tenure of superintendents across the country has dropped slightly to 3.2 years for large urban districts. Is this a trend that we should be concerned about? Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance

California making solid progress toward robust open data culture

While California has some of the most robust disclosure laws in the nation, the state has not always used information technology to convert disclosure into genuine transparency.  Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Transparency, Transparency Portal

A quick word on California ballot initiative reform

BITA has passed, but what are the next steps toward ensuring its success? And what are Californians looking for in this new Legislative session? Read More

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

VIDEO: Helping social entrepreneurs create more impact

Summit event in Los Angeles brainstormed ideas for boosting impact economy. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs

LAO Outlook analysis: Thinking smartly about our fiscal future

California’s recent approval of Proposition 2 is already paying dividends, but long term revenue stability must still be addressed. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund

VIDEO: Millennials face uphill battle in today’s economy

We asked a gathering of sub-40-year-old representatives from a range of public policy groups to give us a rundown of those problems and where the opportunities are for fixing them. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Smart Investment, Californians, Millennials

Inland Empire to host 2015 California Economic Summit

Economic Summit, co-hosted by CA Fwd, will be held in Ontario on November 12-13, 2015. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies

VIDEO: CSBA collaborative key to making sense of LCFF

The California School Board Association has gathered together 15 school districts and 2 boards of education, along with the help of CA Fwd, to navigate the law that affords each much more control over spending Read More

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

Another California election, another story about low turnout

California held a statewide election on Tuesday, but more than two-thirds of voters missed the memo. Initial vote tallies reveal a paltry 30 percent of registered voters bothered to cast a ballot. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Californians, Millennials

Some final words on this important Election Day in California

Before we say get out and vote (!), we have a few other things we’d like to discuss. Think of this as Scrooged, California Edition, because we’re going to talk about the past, the present and the future. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Government

A message for young voters on Election Day: your vote counts

Last June the statewide contest for controller was decided by less voters than it takes to fill a large lecture hall (481). Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Californians, Millennials

A tale of two elections

When the California Legislature hit the campaign trail, the normally cynical press corps had to concede the session was one of the most productive and bipartisan in a generation. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Term Limits

Prop. 2 aims to secure California’s fiscal future

As a businessman, I've learned that timing matters. As a Californian, vitally interested and concerned about the future of the state, I see an opportunity that we should seize. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund

VIDEO: To overcome Millennial cynicism, empower them with good info

Millennials don't trust those in power and think that their vote doesn't count. Voter's Edge can combat this cynicism by arming them with trusted election information Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections

CA Fwd and CSBA come together for LCFF “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, Local Control Funding Formula

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

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