Cal-Access

Campaign cash: A journey through the Cal-Access labyrinth

Update on the quest to upgrade California's obsolete campaign finance disclosure technology Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Transparency, Cal-Access, Transparency

New search tool gives boost to California campaign finance transparency

California Secretary of State launches streamlined way of searching campaign contributions toward state-level candidates and ballot measures.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Cal-Access, Elections, Transparency

Transparency gets win as funds OK’d to digitize financial disclosure by public officials

Legislatures approved funds to bring California's paper-based system for public officials to declare economic interests into the digital age. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Cal-Access, Transparency

Head of California’s watchdog agency on right track to modernization

CA Fwd's mission of improving government transparency with technology lines up with push by FPPC's Jodi Remke to modernize the state's disclosure system. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Cal-Access

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, Cal-Access, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Transparency, Cal-Access

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, Cal-Access, Elections, Cal-Access, Elections

California Legislature sending the wrong message by blocking SCA 17

The California Legislature missed a couple of opportunities this month to help restore the public’s trust in government Read More

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

Reform success shows California governable and no longer broken

The effects of elections and budget reform can't be ignored but there's also more work to be done to improve government and the economy here. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Governance Reform, Economy, Leadership Council, Tom McKernan, Budget Reform, Cal-Access, Elections, Governance Reform, State Budget, Tom McKernan

Where does California’s reboot of outdated disclosure systems stand?

There's a big opportunity for tech to increase transparency, boost efficiency and help restore public trust. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Government, Accountability, Cal-Access, Transparency

Progress report on California’s efforts to restore trust in government

While the legislature has taken some positive steps after three senators were indicted, CA Fwd pointedly challenged the lawmakers to do more. Where the effort stands today: Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Cal-Access, California Forward Action Fund, Governance Reform, Transparency

CA Fwd and others call on Sacramento to modernize California’s disclosure systems

This week a broad coalition consisting of good government groups, newspaper publishers, and lobbyists came together for one goal: fix Cal-Access and put Form 700s online Read More

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

California Secretary of State candidates on modernizing Cal-Access

We asked the seven candidates for California Secretary of State to tell us how and when they would modernize Cal-Access, the state's outdated campaign finance and lobbying database Read More

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

SB 3 vital to modernizing California’s campaign finance database

With one stroke of a pen, Governor Jerry Brown can help bring California’s campaign finance and lobbying database into the 21st century Read More

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

Follow the money—if you can

Accessing campaign finance data requires navigating the state’s archaic and cumbersome online disclosure portal, Cal-ACCESS Read More

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Gaining access to Cal-Access

The Public Policy Institute of California hosted an event this week in San Francisco focused on the future of California’s elections Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Transparency, Californians, Government, Cal-Access