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California bipartisan conversations will highlight collaboration over confrontation

Events open to the public will feature problem solvers from across the political spectrum engaging with Californians to talk about how we spend our money, how we improve our schools and how we create meaningful jobs. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Economy, Creating Jobs, Smart Investment, Californians, Government, Accountability, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, Infrastructure, Redistricting, State Budget, Tax Reform, Transparency

Low voter turnout seen among fast growing California demographic groups

Predicted population trends will result in more eligible Latinos and Asian Americans in California, but if voter turnout percentages remain at low levels, the groups will remain under-represented in the political process. Read More

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

CA Fwd report: The coming revenue debate must look beyond politics

With more than a dozen major tax proposals moving ahead, the new report from CA Fwd explores the biggest ideas and their policy implications, while outlining a set of criteria voters can use to weigh the merits of each. Read More

Categories: Financing the Future, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Government, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tax Reform

Let’s encourage debate, not silence opponents

Recent kerfuffle in the Assembly where member ordered removal of colleague's microphone represents a high-profile lapse in effective governance which requires collaboration, open communication and vibrant debate. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Government, Accountability, Governance Reform, Transparency

California’s Golden Opportunity: How to fine tune local control school reform

Three problems with California's local control accountability plans and three ways to save schools from getting bogged down with complicated plans to improve education outcomes.  Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment, Restructuring, School Governance, Local Control Funding Formula, Education, LCFF

Bipartisan conversations address next steps toward improved governance

Leaders from across the political spectrum and across California will take part in public discussions about how to restore California's role as the model for other states to follow in the areas of education, jobs and public engagement.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Governance Reform, Term Limits, Government, Leadership Council, Accountability, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement, Elections, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Redistricting, State Budget, Transparency

VIDEO: California’s education reform on right track says international expert

The state's Local Control Funding Formula initiative is taking the right steps and has the right people on board to make a difference in educating California's K-12 students.  Read More

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

How three California open data bills advance the cause of public data

Status update on moving the state closer to a strong statewide open data strategy, including three bills under consideration in Legislature Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

VIDEO: California schools work to improve local control reform plans

California working group of school boards collaborates on how to grapple with the requirements of Local Control Funding Formula education reforms. Read More

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

San Diego Unified School District develops funding adequacy calculation tool

As part of state's local funding initiative, school district creates tool to calculate “true costs” of educating students based on more realistic expenditures. Read More

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

Work continues after California budget and election reform victories

California earned a rating bump because of its latest budget, while citizen-led reforms won major victory in U.S. Supreme Court.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Redistricting, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Proposition 11, Redistricting

CA Fwd’s comment on U.S. Supreme Court’s redistricting ruling

Statement on Monday's ruling in favor of independent redistricting commissions in Arizona case Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Governance Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

U.S. Supreme Court upholds citizens redistricting

The Supreme Court affirmed the power of Arizona's independent commission to draw congressional boundaries, a decision that protects California's own citizens redistricting reform. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

Open Data bill is an important update to the California Public Records Act

Proposed law essentially redefines public records from individual documents to the information or data they contain. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Government, Leadership Council, Bob Hertzberg, Accountability, Transparency

12 new ways to close infrastructure funding gaps highlighted by CA Fwd and Economic Summit partners

Paying for badly needed maintenance of California's transportation system would benefit from using "fourth sector" models, which combine public, private and nonprofit resources for public good.  Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Infrastructure

Report: Taking open data to next level requires quality data, committed leaders

While city governments are increasingly making their data open, the standards of data quality and leadership dedicated to initiatives are often all over the map, says a new report from USC. Read More

VIDEO: California proposal to expand voting options takes cues from Colorado

Watch author of election modernization law talk about reforms that helped boost Colorado's voter turnout, ideas that prompted a new proposed reform bill supported by California's elections chief.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

CA Fwd offers policy framework for special legislative session on road funding

Legislature working on addressing a $59 billion-backlog in state road and highways maintenance, but so far, proposed fixes have been temporary solutions to a long-term infrastructure investment issue.  Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, State Budget, Tax Reform

The road to democracy via the Lachin Corridor

County clerk from California made the 7,000-mile trek to the disputed region and de facto independent state of Nagorno-Karabakh to observe recent elections and found them to be free and fair--along with a population informed and excited about participating.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

SoCal Latino leaders gather to help schools and cities embrace technology

Elected leaders and school officials came together to discuss cities and districts being left behind by the pace of new technology and how to adapt smartly to boost civic engagement, education outcomes and local economies.  Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Democracy, Civic Engagement, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Economy, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Transparency

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