Reporting: Accountability Archives

California auditor issues report on “improper activities” revealed by whistleblowers

State auditor details investigations into failure to seek competitive bids, failure to increase rental rates, waste of state funds, an improper gift of public funds, and neglect of supervisory duties. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, State Budget, Transparency

Bipartisan leaders kick off conversation in San Jose on California’s big challenges

Education, the economy, and civic engagement topped the agenda at event in Silicon Valley, where a bipartisan panel looked to kick off a larger movement to boost community involvement in solving the big problems of today.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Transparency

How Government Can Work Even Better—-A Bipartisan View

Former mayor of San Jose and other politically experienced Californians join upcoming open forum on middle class job creation, improving public schools, inspiring more participation in elections and government, and how we spend our money effectively. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Economy, Creating Jobs, Government, Accountability, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, Governance Reform, State Budget

What does rise of California no-party voter mean for major party outreach?

As voters increasingly register No Party Preference, experts say major parties will need to evaluate how to campaign and engage with citizens in less traditional ways.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections

Are California top-two primaries transforming state politics?

Study claims California's nonpartisan primary has made elections more competitive and decreased dysfunction in the Legislature.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14

CA Fwd hosting summit on California’s nonpartisan primary

Sacramento event, open to the public, will look at the state's "top-two" or nonpartisan primary and the future of other election reforms and will feature Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Senator Steve Glazer, other elected officials and experts in elections. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14

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

How three California open data bills advance the cause of public data

Status update on moving the state closer to a strong statewide open data strategy, including three bills under consideration in Legislature Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, 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

SoCal Latino leaders gather to help schools and cities embrace technology

Elected leaders and school officials came together to discuss cities and districts being left behind by the pace of new technology and how to adapt smartly to boost civic engagement, education outcomes and local economies.  Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Democracy, Civic Engagement, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Economy, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Transparency

A Sustainable Los Angeles? That’s the Plan!

City's first Sustainability Officer explains what the "triple bottom line" means when it comes to measuring the plan to improve the quality life of residents.  Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Economy, Working Access Group, Accountability, Transparency

California bill would require open data to be easily retrievable and searchable

Law would mean agencies could not forward hard-to-analyze and unsearchable PDF's or spreadsheet printouts of public records when the data has been defined as "open."  Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

New digital transparency tool cracks open lawmaking for Californians

Free, online platform gives Californians "Google-like" search tool to view government hearings  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, 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

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

New MBA program masters the link between government & technology

Students go through curriculum combining design, innovation, leadership and technology to ultimately help government work more efficiently. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

Three steps to restoring trust in a city’s finances and governance

Santa Ana shows what a sunshine ordinance and opening up governing can do for civic engagement. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

City of Bell scores top grades for open data access one year after trials conclude

A year after former public officials were sentenced in financial scandal, the city now boasts one of the more open municipal websites in the state. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, 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

Jodi Remke: Technology and Transparency go hand in hand

Head of California's Fair Political Practices Commission talks about the need for state to modernize campaign finance disclosure. Read More

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

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