Reporting: Accountability Archives

Data Summit: Appallicious founder on importance of open data

As tech experts gather to kick off the first regional open data event on Wednesday in Long Beach, we hear from last year's attendee Yo Yoshida on why he founded his company and why open data as a movement is important Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

Public database of county by county elections costs in the works for California

A slew of election reforms are proposed each year. When reviewing a measure, one of the first things legislators want to know is: What’s the cost? Read More

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

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

Ballot Initiative Transparency Act signed into law by Governor Brown

This weekend California's ballot initiative process became a little better for all of us. I was honored to be with Governor Brown when he signed SB 1253, the Ballot Initiative Transparency Act. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Initiative Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

CA State Controller: Always more work to be done in the name of transparency

As California State Controller, my job hinges on having access to the numbers that help me to tell the stories about what direction our State, communities, schools and businesses are heading. Read More

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

CA Fwd applauds State Controller for launch of open data portal

California Forward congratulates the California State Controller’s Office on its new open data portal, ByTheNumbers.sco.ca.gov. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

Q&A: Assemblymember Scott Wilk on redistricting, Capitol culture

Q&A with Assemblymember Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) is another first term member of the California Legislature who took the time to answer some of our questions Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Governance Reform, Government

Q&A: Assemblymember Kevin Mullin on reform, future of CA politics

Assm. Mullin (D-San Mateo) talks about culture in the Capitol as one of the newer members of the State Legislature Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Governance Reform, Government

California Legislature sending the wrong message by blocking SCA 17

The California Legislature missed a couple of opportunities this month to help restore the public’s trust in government Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Government

City of Riverside making headway with new open data portal

EngageRiverside is the latest effort by a sizeable California city to embrace transparency and engage with its electorate Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

What is holding up California ethics reform?

After months of scandal, ethics bills have mixed results despite the need to restore public trust in government. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Fiscal Reform, Revenue Reform, CA Common Sense, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Government, Accountability, Governance Reform, Transparency

Open Data forums chart path for tech-driven transparency in California

Opportunities for government touted at second open data event in Silicon Valley hosted by CA Fwd Read More

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

Uphold LCFF’s democratic process

Opinion: School funding shift set to empower citizens but greater transparency needed to inform local decision-making. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Local Control Funding Formula, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

Open data takes center stage at Inland Empire forum

California Forward convened the first of its Civic Data Forums this week in San Bernardino, convening staff and elected officials from cities, school districts and counties throughout the Inland Empire to discuss open data, transparency and technology solutions for improving governance in their communities. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

Several bills aim to improve transparency and confidence in CA elections

Three of the bills (844, 52, and 1442) are specifically aimed at campaign disclosure, while SB 1253 will require that more information shall be given to voters on initiatives Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Initiative Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

Where does California’s reboot of outdated disclosure systems stand?

There's a big opportunity for tech to increase transparency, boost efficiency and help restore public trust. Read More

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

Progress report on California’s efforts to restore trust in government

While the legislature has taken some positive steps after three senators were indicted, CA Fwd pointedly challenged the lawmakers to do more. Where the effort stands today: Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, California Forward Action Fund, Governance Reform, Transparency

Parting the party lines: How partisan is your legislator?

Modern day politics is built on the idea of partisanship, with legislative candidates creating entire campaigns to tout their strongly liberal or conservative bona fides Read More

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

Los Angeles building case to be most open city in America

Over 1500 people RSVPed to see them unwrap one of the most ambitious undertakings of the young Garcetti administration Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

Keeping Californians in suspense

One process that the California’s legislators use to approve government bills has a shockingly similar list of attributes to suspense movies: the aptly-named Suspense File. Read More

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

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