Leadership Council

New CAFwd Leadership Council Members expand the CA Dream Team

As the 2019 California Economic Summit nears, influential leaders from across the state welcomed onboard Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Leadership Council

CA Fwd’s Mayer to become Senior Fellow; Weinberg to be CEO

Bay Area Council Economic Institute President Micah Weinberg To Succeed Jim Mayer as CEO Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Leadership Council, Jim Mayer

John Chiang Elected Co-Chair of California Forward Leadership Council — And Shares Thoughts on Big Issues Facing California

Former State Controller and State Treasurer joins organization working to advance economic growth, ensure environmental quality, and provide opportunity for all. Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Leadership Council, Leadership Council

What It’s Like to Govern Under California’s Top Two

Legislators share their experiences and effects felt so far under open primary reform Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Top Two Primary, Leadership Council, Lenny Mendonca, Pete Weber

Graduates, we need you to invent the future — again

Knowledge is doubling every year but the problems that need to be solved are increasing almost as fast. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Leadership Council, Lenny Mendonca

Climate Change and Our Inner Elephant Part 2: Measuring Success for Climate and Economy

California should create climate policies with triple-bottom-line metrics that other states and nations will want to emulate Read More

Categories: Leadership Council, Pete Weber

Pete Weber: Climate Change and Our Inner Elephant

Looking at California climate policies through a triple-bottom-line lens Read More

Categories: Leadership Council, Pete Weber

California and CA Fwd should double-down on Smart Government

In divisive era, government reform needs to start with framework based on goals, metrics, and accountability for outcomes Read More

Categories: CA Fwd Legacy, Community Services, Restructuring, Governance Reform, Leadership Council

CA Fwd—Approaching a Decade of Making a Difference

Ten years into an era of reform, California's outlook has been shaped by public desire for change in how government served the people. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Governance Reform, Term Limits, Leadership Council, Accountability, Budget Reform, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Lenny Mendonca, Pete Weber, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, State Budget, Transparency

California Forward launches 50 State Solution political reform project

Project will capture and link state-based reform work from around the country being done to break partisan gridlock Read More

Categories: 50 State, Democracy, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Governance Reform

CA Fwd’s Eloy Oakley named chancellor of the California Community Colleges system

Innovative leader in public higher education will become the first Latino to helm the 113-college system Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Community Services, Innovation in Higher Education, Economy, Leadership Council, Education, Leadership Council

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

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, Bipartisan Conversations, 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

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

Part 1: Revenues may be rolling in but state budget must heed lessons of past

Boom, Bust, Repeat? - New series from CA Fwd explores how the state can smartly manage recent revenue gains to strengthen public programs for the long term. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Boom, Bust, Repeat, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Leadership Council

Open data bill would require cities to create data inventories

Local governments would need to catalog their data management systems and make the information publicly available under bill by State Senator Bob Hertzberg. Read More

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

With water bond down to the wire, CA Fwd endorses Water Fix Coalition framework

California needs not just smarter water investments but smarter governance. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Leadership Council, Tom McKernan, Tom McKernan

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

Governor could improve voters’ trust in government

Gov. Jerry Brown says he has 600 bills on his desk, but many he will not sign because "there's not 600 problems that we need those solutions for." We suggest he locate and sign two bills, SB14 and SB15, that help solve two of his biggest problems: the annual budget mess and the lack of public trust in Sacramento's leadership, which voters say are closely linked. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Leadership Council, Selected Blog Posts, Accountability

California’s Future center stage at UCLA Plato Society event

The state of our state and how to find a better future for the tens of millions of people who call California home was the subject of a special meeting in Los Angeles over the weekend...  Read More

Categories: Leadership Council, Bob Hertzberg, Selected Blog Posts, Bob Hertzberg, Leadership Council

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