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Governor Brown goes to Washington

California's governor sent message to President Trump about where they could work together and where they may clash Read More

Categories: Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Jerry Brown, Jim Mayer, Lenny Mendonca

VIDEO: Storage a key part of California water solutions says new Speaker Rendon

Water bond author and SoCal Assemblymember talks infrastructure priorities in state's water system.  Read More

Categories: Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Anthony Rendon

Summit sharpened strategies to take on California’s affordable housing crisis

Action plan to address challenge to build 1 million more affordable homes emerged from Day 2 of the 2015 California Economic Summit in Ontario. Read More

Categories: Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure

Getting California back to water sustainability and how CA Fwd’s Summit can help

California needs to conserve, capture, and re-use an additional one million acre-feet of water every year over the next decade. Read More

Categories: Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure

Legislative wrap-up: California housing solution is under construction

Taking stock of the Legislative session for results and wins for California Forward that spur community investment in housing and infrastructure. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Infrastructure

Lenny Mendonca and Pete Weber: Making California Leadership in Greenhouse Gas Reduction Work

It's time to have a fact-based conversation about the costs and goals of passing ambitious new environmental laws. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Environment

Progress update on California Economic Summit’s Roadmap

As CA Fwd and partners collaborate on upcoming 2015 California Economic Summit, the list of wins along the Roadmap to Shared Prosperity grows.  Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Infrastructure

Early signs of a deal emerge in special session on road maintenance

Infrastructure bills emerging in the California Legislature could offer the first glimmerings of a potential road funding deal that includes new money, new protections to ensure road funds are spent on roads, and new accountability measures. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Economy, Regional Economies, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Budget Reform, Infrastructure, State Budget, Tax Reform

California bipartisan conversations will highlight collaboration over confrontation

Events open to the public will feature problem solvers from across the political spectrum engaging with Californians to talk about how we spend our money, how we improve our schools and how we create meaningful jobs. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Economy, Creating Jobs, Smart Investment, Californians, Government, Accountability, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, Infrastructure, Redistricting, State Budget, Tax Reform, Transparency

12 new ways to close infrastructure funding gaps highlighted by CA Fwd and Economic Summit partners

Paying for badly needed maintenance of California's transportation system would benefit from using "fourth sector" models, which combine public, private and nonprofit resources for public good.  Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Infrastructure

CA Fwd offers policy framework for special legislative session on road funding

Legislature working on addressing a $59 billion-backlog in state road and highways maintenance, but so far, proposed fixes have been temporary solutions to a long-term infrastructure investment issue.  Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, State Budget, Tax Reform

CA Fwd’s Fred Silva explains a new tool for urban economic development

California's new law to help local governments work together to pay for a broad range of infrastructure projects takes a smarter approach to economic development than the state's old Redevelopment funding.  Read More

Categories: Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Working Access Group

Lenny Mendonca and Doug Henton: California must invest now in education and infrastructure

California has an opportunity to build for long-term prosperity with smart investments in schools, workforce development and infrastructure. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Budget Reform, Education, State Budget

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

CA Fwd report highlights revenue options for investments in education and infrastructure

California's long-term prosperity depends on having this conversation about paying for state's top priorities regionally and statewide. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Financing the Future, Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Education

VIDEO: Millennials face uphill battle in today’s economy

We asked a gathering of sub-40-year-old representatives from a range of public policy groups to give us a rundown of those problems and where the opportunities are for fixing them. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Smart Investment, Californians, Millennials

Some final words on this important Election Day in California

Before we say get out and vote (!), we have a few other things we’d like to discuss. Think of this as Scrooged, California Edition, because we’re going to talk about the past, the present and the future. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Government

New data shows strong support Proposition 1, gains for Proposition 2

It's less than two weeks from the election and neither the drought, the support for the state water bond seem, or interest in beefing up the state's budget reserve seem to be waning much.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Economy, Regional Economies, Smart Investment, Infrastructure

VIDEO: Long Beach city councilman asks residents how they would spend $250,000

Less than three months into his first term, Long Beach City Councilmember Rex Richardson is already proving he’s not afraid to shake up City Hall. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Reader Poll

Don’t call “government innovation” in California an oxymoron

On Tuesday in the Capitol, the Committee on the Awards for Innovations in Higher Education outlined its plans for allocating $50 million to community colleges and universities Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Economy, Smart Investment

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