Selected Blog Posts

Non-partisan, democratic reform can restore sanity

California once worked for all people. We may have disagreed, but we had a sense of the common good that kept us united in offering programs and policies that worked. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts

GPAA: 21st Century Reform

As someone who has closely observed California Forward’s work over the last few years, I am in full support of the proposed Government Performance and Accountability Act (GPAA). Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement

GPAA brings strategic thinking and foresight back to budgeting

We need to invest in our future generations as the past generations invested in us. Only then will our state thrive. To do this, we must support governance and fiscal reforms to allow voters to support education, such as those in the California Forward Action Fund’s Government Performance and Accountability Act (GPAA). Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement

LAO Report: GPAA could save state millions

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), which provides nonpartisan fiscal and policy analysis for the Legislature, finds that the California Forward Action Fund’s Government Performance and Accountability Act (GPAA) would - over time – save the state millions of dollars. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform

Mortgage fraud keeping SoCal residents under water

California Attorney General Kamala Harris visited the East LA Community Corporation recently to see for herself what could be done with the right focus on improving opportunities for housing in high-risk communities. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts

Momentum builds in CA Latino community for accountability measure

Latino local elected officials from throughout the state of California came together on Thursday to discuss the California Forward Action Fund’s Government Performance and Accountability Act (GPAA) and the best ways to reach out to the state’s Latino community. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts

Magic Johnson celebrates scholar-athletes, supports reforms for education

Basketball legend and businessman Magic Johnson thrilled a group of young scholar-athletes at the CA Hall of Fame event in Sacramento earlier this month – fist bumping and congratulating the kids from Scholar Athletes Globally Emerging, Inc. - Team SAGE – for their efforts on the court and in the classroom. Team SAGE has challenged California to support students by making better budget choices and supporting reform to fix state government. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts

Noose tightens, but revenue alone won’t solve CA’s budget problems

For the first time in a long time, California voters seem poised to seriously consider one or more of the various measures aimed at raising revenue through increased fees and taxes. But even if the State succeeds in raising more money, have we really addressed the issue of what it takes to make local programs such as education, job-creation and public safety work? The answer is a resounding, “No.” Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts

CA Fwd’s GPAA breaks down barriers to strengthen public safety

It has become plain that our state and local governments do not work as well as they should. We see this every day in the partisan bickering over the state budget, the inability of cities and counties to fund basic services or collaborate, and the deterioration of our education and public safety systems. It’s time to hold government accountable for the kind of outcomes California deserves, and California Forward’s Government Performance and Accountability Act (GPAA) will do just that. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts

Duplicate land use plans illustrate need for transparent, accountable government

You know the system is broken when the city and school district begin developing the same piece of land, but for different purposes. And, in Los Angeles, this is exactly what happened. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts

New blog profiles response to fiscal crisis from creative Californians

In an era described as the “New Normal” with tightening budgets at the state and local levels of government, the “waste, fraud, and abuse” line items have long been cut. But, innovative Californians are working together with fellow citizens and government to provide much-needed services in difficult financial times. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts

Leadership and collaboration spur economic gains in East Bay

Even as frustration grows to a fever pitch throughout California about the sluggish economic climate and persistent governance issues, many found reason for hope at the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA)’s strategic planning workshop. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Restructuring

Latina entrepreneurs find mentorship and inspiration at Adelante

California’s economy continues to struggle, but many believe the state’s burgeoning Latino population can help turn the state around and improve both the economic climate and governance challenges the state faces. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement

Teamwork and stable funding critical to strengthening CA public schools

California’s schools have seen a 20% reduction in expected funding from the state since 2007. And, with another $1.4 billion in trigger cuts looming, school board members came out in force at the CA School Boards Association (CSBA) annual conference to advocate for a commitment to public education. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform

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

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Forward Thinkers

CA Fwd measure “critical” to solving state’s problems, says Tavaglione

“California as we see it today is not the state that we saw even ten years ago,” said Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, stressing that it is critical to pass the California Forward Government Performance and Accountability Act to help get the state back on its feet. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement

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

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Forward Thinkers

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of forecasted operating deficits

Once again the Legislative Analyst has pulled back the curtain on California’s budgeting practices, announcing last week that the state is likely to have a $3 billion deficit at the end of this fiscal year. This means we can expect significant mid-year cuts to education and social services programs under the budget “trigger” mechanism. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform

Fixing California: An approach to agree on

Hats off to the Think Long Committee (TLC) for braving the waters of reform with a thoughtful, bipartisan approach to addressing the gridlock and fiscal issues that face the state. The TLC report builds on what California Forward has learned: Californians want change, and they want it now. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts

California prisons: Finding hope in change

The Capitol Weekly conference on California’s prison system: 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly' delved into the problems plaguing our prison system, potential reforms, and the influence of politics. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Accountability

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