Reporting: Accountability Archives

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: Accountability, CA Common Sense, Governance Reform, Government, Transparency, Accountability, Governance Reform, 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: Accountability, Elections, 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Where does California’s reboot of outdated disclosure systems stand?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: Accountability, Government, Transparency, 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: Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, California Forward Action Fund, Governance Reform, Transparency

CA Fwd and others call on Sacramento to modernize California’s disclosure systems

This week a broad coalition consisting of good government groups, newspaper publishers, and lobbyists came together for one goal: fix Cal-Access and put Form 700s online Read More

Categories: Accountability, Elections, Governance Reform, Government, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Governance Reform, Transparency

How to find out what your elected officials are being paid

With Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg recently moving to revoke pay and benefits for suspended Legislature members, it was worth asking: Just how much are these guys making anyways? Read More

Categories: Accountability, Transparency

California Secretary of State candidates on modernizing Cal-Access

We asked the seven candidates for California Secretary of State to tell us how and when they would modernize Cal-Access, the state's outdated campaign finance and lobbying database Read More

Categories: Accountability, Elections, Governance Reform, Transparency

VIDEO: Panetta comments on balancing money’s role in politics

When California Forward conducted a recent survey on our ideas to restore trust in government, it asked an open ended question: What else do you feel is necessary for achieving this goal? Read More

Categories: Accountability, Transparency

Results are in: Surveyed Californians eager for a Path Toward Trust

California Forward will often ask folks what they think on certain issues, but never have we gotten such an overwhelming response, however, than when we sent a simple survey asking people to give us feedback on our Path Toward Trust Read More

Categories: Accountability, Governance Reform, Transparency

California special session called for Rainy Day Fund

“We simply must prevent the massive deficits of the last decade and we can only do that by paying down our debts and creating a solid Rainy Day Fund,” said Gov. Brown.  Read More

Categories: Accountability, Budget Reform

CA Fwd releases report on how to build stronger budget reserve

With the governor’s actions dramatically increasing the likelihood of action this year, CA Fwd’s report offers a primer on why the rainy day fund has become such a pressing issue for state government. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Budget Reform

VIDEO: Leon Panetta’s recipe for good governance is to remember who you work for

In this first video of a series, Panetta drew on his early days in public service when asked about how state legislators should be serving their constituents. Panetta's own political life reflects the importance of bi-partisanship in doing the "people's work,” be it in Sacramento or in Washington D.C.  Read More

Categories: Accountability, Government

Californians respond to CA Fwd’s Path Toward Trust

We received a litany of responses to our Path Toward Trust plan, and the insights represent a true, thoughtful take on what Californians need to restore faith in their government.  Read More

Categories: Accountability, Government

College graduate deficit slated to get worse says CED report

The report spells out a far less golden future for the Golden State should results not improve in California’s colleges. But it’s a problem that California has the tools to address. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Californians, Education

Inaugural Summit on Data stresses importance of open data for California

California Forward convened an impressive list of those who care about data most in the Golden State to share thoughts and ideas on the many facets of open data and why it’s more important now than ever. This was the inaugural Summit on Data. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Transparency

California Forward’s statement on the arrest of Senator Leland Yee

Earlier today, California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was arrested on charges of political corruption and bribery tied to a larger sting underway by the FBI. This marks the third (of just 40) sitting California State Senators to face legal troubles in the past year. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Transparency

How to build a winning water bond

Now that spring is officially here, it is beginning to feel like summer in Sacramento, and it won’t be long before lawmakers will need to vote on what – if anything – will be on the November ballot.  Read More

Categories: Accountability, Government

Californians grade the state with new report card app

A team from the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative at UC Berkeley and staff from Lt. Governor Newsom’s office created the first ever report card as a pilot project. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Californians

San Jose invites citizen input on prioritizing city services

From street repairs, fire and police department staffing and response times, funding for community centers, public library hours, as well as potential bond or tax measures that could increase resources needed for critical services—topics, for residents to rank, are plenty. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Californians, Transparency

Ventura Police Department reaps benefits of crime fighting technology

It’s a brand new year and the Ventura Police Department is kicking it off with a brand new crime fighting tool to boost response times  Read More

Categories: Accountability, Crime

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