Commentary

The Achievement Gap: Don’t forget the individuality of students behind the numbers

As California works to close the education achievement gap, labels should be used to define academic potential of our students. Read More

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

California needs to think long-term after extra election funding approved

California is correctly addressing perfect storm of competitive presidential primary and glut of November ballot measures. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Op-ed: Preparing workers in California at the speed of business

California -- of all states – should be leading the nation on delivering on preparing a workforce for the 21st century. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies

California halfway to next round of redistricting

Many Californians and election officials already looking ahead to the state's next redrawing of election districts, scheduled for 2021.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Future of California Elections, Proposition 11, Redistricting, Elections, Proposition 11, Redistricting

Website lets Californians explore the costs of running an election

Association of county election officials launches website that dives into statewide database of how much an election costs, from staffing polling places to printing ballots. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

California counties worried about cost of June primary—and beyond

With California playing an important role in this year's presidential cycle, the state's long-term election funding challenge has come into sharp focus.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections Funding Project

California seeking Chief Data Officer

Candidate will face challenge of boosting access and quality of government data, while dealing with how to share with a public skeptical of government.  Read More

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

Mentoring program offers Kern County offenders a pathway away from jail

Promising partnership with county and nonprofit having impact on the region's high rate of return to jail by the formerly incarcerated. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment, Crime

­Senator Feinstein Joins California Economic Summit

Organized by CA Fwd and the California Stewardship Network, Summit will gather for the fifth annual statewide meeting in Sacramento in December. Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

Chris Gates: Catalyzing state-based political reform across the country

Linking reform-minded leaders to solve problems on the local and state level will be key to filling vacuum left by federal partisan gridlock.  Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Government

Don’t forget the median wage—and higher

Once the minimum wage debate is complete, California should also talk as much about a workforce development investment strategy to help people move above minimum wage. Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies

San Diego job center uses employment to prevent a return behind bars

Participants in reentry program receive workshops, employment services, even the loan of business attire. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment

Lenny Mendonca: Hiram Johnson Would Like This California Era of Reform

Despite shortcomings, the state's citizen ballot initiative process has brought important reforms to California via direct democracy. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Term Limits, Leadership Council, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Lenny Mendonca

Summit pushes Legislature to advance workforce training ideas in this year’s budget

Ensuring recommendations of a task force on workforce are adopted in this year’s state budget is a top priority for the California Economic Summit in 2016. Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies

VIDEO: What can California learn from high voter turnout states?

CA Fwd talks to election leaders from states with high voter turnout rates, Colorado and Oregon. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections

VIDEO: California’s housing shortage on Assembly Speaker Rendon’s radar

New Assembly leader confident of housing deal in Legislature this year.  Read More

Categories: Economy, Regional Economies, Anthony Rendon

CA Fwd’s Sunshine Week Progress Report

During the week encouraging open government, CA Fwd reviews this year's work to catalyze increased transparency and trust in government. Read More

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

SB 1349 Cal-Access bill is another step forward in California’s political reform era

Bill would authorize the replacement of the antiquated technology behind California's campaign finance reporting and disclosure system. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

CA Fwd Statement on SB 1349 Cal-Acccess modernization bill

Proposed legislation would upgrade California's campaign finance technology, needed to increase transparency and accountability in elections and state governance. Read More

Commentary: 10 things California should do to modernize elections and increase voter turnout

Meaningful democratic participation depends on adequate resources provided to counties for running of elections. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Future of California Elections, Elections

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