Forward Thinkers

VIDEO: California’s Hmong find their voice in politics

How a young woman, the daughter of Hmong refugee parents, became inspired to inform and activate her community. Read More

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Stairways receive repairs in Carlsbad and Cardiff with some non profit help

The Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches (FCCSB) launched an aggressive campaign to restore some bluff side staircases.  Read More

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Forward Thinker Blair Hamilton Taylor inspires teens to think globally

Blair Taylor, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL), works hard every day to empower young people and get them connected to their community.  Read More

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Forward Thinker Michael Turnipseed wants people to know how their government works

As executive director of the Kern County Taxpayer’s Association, Michael Turnipseed wants to ensure people understand what local government does and how business and the private sector can fit in. Read More

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Forward Thinker Meg Palisoc prepares kids for the future

Meg Palisoc had a great career as a college administrator at USC. But after noticing that inner city freshman were not as prepared for higher education as their peers, she decided to dedicate herself to helping disadvantaged young people achieve. Read More

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Visionary leaders and tough decisions needed to move CA forward

As a teenager growing up, in the Central Valley, I saw the “Golden State” growing and its “golden glow” getting brighter. 50 years later, California has gone from the world’s leader in almost everything to a state that is bankrupt in nearly every way. Read More

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Forward Thinker Joyce Cooksey-James connects community members

At age 14, Joyce Cooksey-James had her first experience with politics. In Detroit at the time, she helped a during an election campaign. Then at 22, she began helping neighborhood housing complexes. Read More

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Forward Thinker Celina Rodriguez encourages kids to follow dreams

As a girl, Celina Rodriguez saw two worlds—one where people could afford a lot and another where folks could barely survive. This juxtaposition, she says, shaped who she is today and how she decided to spend the rest of her life. Read More

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Bring back creativity & innovation or risk it all

California has reached the point of no return. Either we decide to value education and support it financially as a state or we face a very uncertain future, one that will eliminate the American Dream for a full generation of students and have a cascadingly negative impact on all of California. I want every student to become a successful tax-payer, not just a tax-user. This requires an appropriate investment in California’s education system Pre-K-16. Read More

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Forward Thinker Richard Close wants decisions to be made close to home

Close is a longtime leader in Sherman Oaks and the San Fernando Valley, known for his tenacious work to protect the quality of life in his community. Since 1976, he's been president of the influential Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association (SOHA), which impressively averages 175 people per meeting. Read More

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Forward Thinker Patty Chavez committed to her community

Patty Chavez is proud of her community—so much so, she makes sure she knows everything about what’s going on in Chula Vista.  Read More

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Community Focus: Making health the easy choice

Would you ignore a smoking car until it needed to be towed to a shop? Or wait until leaking pipes flooded your house before contacting a contractor? If you did, you’d expect to pay a heavy premium to repair what’s likely become major damage—usually much more than the cost of simple maintenance. But for most Americans, this is exactly what we do when it comes to our health. Up to now, this approach has been mindboggling for policy makers and healthcare providers. Read More

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Forward Thinker Fernando Jara helps former prisoners contribute

Fernando Jara knows what second chances are all about. He’s a high school dropout and at age 17 was already on parole. But, members of the community gave him a structure and path, allowing him to contribute positively. Read More

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Forward thinking superintendent’s quiet sacrifice greeted with loud cheers

When Fresno County Schools Superintendent Larry Powell quietly decided to take a pay cut that saves government more than $800,000, he didn't foresee that the idea would be greeted nationwide with accolades and applause. Read More

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Forward Thinker Tim Murakami gets to the heart of community issues

California Forward has named Lt. Tim Murakami a Forward Thinker for his work get to the source of issues facing the community.  Read More

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Dispatches from the changing American Dream

As California works to right its economy and deal in a meaningful way with the challenges it faces, we are reminded of the role we as citizens and voters can play in the process. Read More

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Forward Thinker Heidi Sieck works to ensure everyone has an opportunity to serve their community

California Forward has named Heidi Sieck a Forward Thinker for her work to make the process of filling board and commission seats more transparent and her efforts to encourage more women to run for elected office. Read More

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Forward Thinker Yolie Flores steps outside the box to improve LA schools

California Forward has named Yolie Flores a Forward Thinker for her work to reform the dysfunctional LA school system by stepping outside of it to find solutions. Read More

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Forward Thinker Jon Nachison creates community to support veterans

California Forward has named Jon Nachison a Forward Thinker for his work to support and better the lives of U.S. veterans who have trouble finding stable footing when they return from the war zone.  Read More

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Forward Thinker Mary Simon brings hands-on learning back to the classroom

California Forward has named Mary Simon a Forward Thinker for her work to give teachers access to resources and lesson plans that ensure hands-on classroom learning survives. Read More

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