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Los Angeles moving closer to free citywide Wi-Fi

We sat down with the Councilmember for his take on where things stand now and what needs to happen before citizens of Los Angeles will be able to log-on to the Internet for free. Read More

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Q&A: Dr. Yasmin Davidds on the strengths of Latina businesswomen

Recently in Los Angeles, in conjunction with the California Economic Summit, a group of Latina business and organizational leaders convened, each with their own story to tell. Read More

Categories: Californians, Economy

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: Californians, Education, Accountability

California Forward remembers Bill Hauck

Bill Hauck was past retirement age, but not willing to retire, even when starkly reminded of his own mortality. With Bill, it was service first, and last.  Read More

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Legislative support critical to survival of career technical education

Due to a steady decline of investment in career technical education (CTE) brought on by recessionary factors, Californians are finding it more difficult than ever to obtain critical training for job skills that today’s employers demand. Read More

Categories: Californians, Government

Can California be optimistic and pessimistic at the same time?

Unaffiliated voters apparently don't vote as much as Democrats and Republicans. So we have less NPPs and less young people heading to the polls, which doesn’t bode well for how representative elected officials actually are of the people they represent. Read More

Categories: Elections, Californians

New grant bolsters Asian American Pacific Islander community

For the first time, Advancing Justice-L.A. received a grant from the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) and Civics classes to the AAPI communities of L.A.  Read More

Categories: Elections, Californians

Futures Conference presents vision for a reformed California

At Fullerton College in Orange County, a community college that is celebrating its first 100 years, the theme was to look to the future in business, education, science, technology and government.  Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Californians

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: Californians, Accountability

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: Californians, Accountability, Transparency

Minding your money (and improving our government) in 2014

One more holiday tradition has come and gone: The pundits have declared the important stories of 2013 and prognosticated on what to watch in 2014. But don’t be dulled by tradition. Read More

Categories: Californians, Government

Californians sound off on CAFwd Facebook on what California needs most

On Christmas day on our Facebook page we decided to keep the wonk to a minimum and embrace something more light, which is why we asked our Facebook fans what the best gift California could receive from Santa would be.  Read More

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Fresno County Supervisor gives surprise pay raise back to county

Fresno County Supervisors’ pay checks are tied to Superior Court Judges. So, if a decision is made, in Sacramento, to give those judges a bump in pay, it happens automatically for those on the local county level. Read More

Categories: Californians, Accountability

Fixing DC: California’s innovations can help

With strong citizen engagement, civic leadership and belief in the possibility of change, these reforms can shift partisan politics throughout the nation as well. Good governance matters, citizens deserve and should demand it. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Californians, Accountability

Citywide Wi-Fi in Los Angeles may be closer than you think

It’s because proposals and ideas like Blumenfield’s free wifi access will be a gateway to expanding open data efforts and availability Read More

Categories: Californians, Economy, Transparency

Sen. Emmerson’s abrupt resignation brings familiar California issues to light

Republican State Senator Bill Emmerson of the 23rd district, who just a few hours prior was a panelist at the second annual California Economic Summit, submitted a brief letter of resignation to Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg last Friday afternoon. Read More

Categories: Californians, Government, Accountability, Transparency

New effort for Latino electeds launched in California

There are 14 million Latinos in the state and the Center's vision says that the development of a strong Latino middle class is vital to California's economic stability.  Read More

Categories: Elections, Californians

Another California off-year election has dismal turnout

Of the nearly 1.75 million LA County voters eligible in yesterday’s elections, a paltry 9.9 percent, including yours truly, bothered casting a ballot according to preliminary tallies Read More

Categories: Elections, Californians

California economy receives clout from Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

With over 600,000 AAPI owned businesses, in the state, and sales and receipts totaling more than $182 billion annually, AAPI’s contribute significantly to a thriving economy. Read More

Categories: Californians, Economy

Ignorance isn’t bliss when it comes to civic awareness

Only one percent of respondents answered all five of the relatively easy questions correctly. Read More

Categories: Californians, Education

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