Reporting: Civic Engagement Archives

Online voter info key to getting hyper-connected Millennials to the polls

Remember a time when you couldn't think of any song or any clip from any movie, look it up on YouTube and immediately share it with a friend in a few seconds time? Millennials don’t. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Californians, Millennials, Government

Californians will save water, but will they vote?

"CA Fwd will be listening closely to the candidates to see how they plan to reverse the troubling trend of declining voter participation, how they will energize efforts to modernize Cal Access, and how they will ensure VoteCal implementation is timely with appropriate stakeholder involvement to make a system that will last," said Jim Mayer, President and CEO of CA Fwd.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Californians, Millennials

VIDEO: California’s Hmong find their voice in politics

How a young woman, the daughter of Hmong refugee parents, became inspired to inform and activate her community. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Californians, Forward Thinkers, Civic Engagement, Elections, Forward Thinkers

Registration for the June 3rd primary closes today

Here's everything you need to know to get registered last minute so you can participate in the upcoming June 3rd California primary. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections

VIDEO: LA City Council President addresses Angeleno voter apathy

The City of Los Angeles has tasked a citizen’s panel to solve the great mystery of disappearing voters. We spoke to President Herb Wesson about the commission designed to get them back. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections

Hermosa Beach tackles controversial issues with community engagement

"The idea is to have the community understand, especially in terms of the oil project, that they’re in charge and ultimately they will decide,” said Tom Bakaly, City Manager. Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement

California budget not stopping Southern California city from goal

In June, California Forward first shared a story about the Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches’ (FCCSB) aggressive campaign to raise money to restore nine bluff side staircases. The non-profit is more than happy to report that it surpassed its goal of $40,000 just in the first few months. Read More

Categories: Californians, Civic Engagement, Accountability

Kern County promotes voting with “Do It For Them” campaign

The “Do It For Them” campaign is a local project made for the local communities in Kern County to give everyone a reason to vote - and there should be no excuse for not voting. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections

New smart phone app in Alameda County matches technology with civic engagement

Alameda County has over 1.5 million people, which means when a tree falls in the road, a power line goes down, or a teenager with a spray can decides they're an artist, it can affect a lot of people. Read More

Categories: Californians, Civic Engagement

Stairways receive repairs in Carlsbad and Cardiff with some non profit help

The Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches (FCCSB) launched an aggressive campaign to restore some bluff side staircases.  Read More

Categories: Californians, Forward Thinkers, Civic Engagement

Video: HOPE Latina Action Day presses for civic engagement

Hispanic women will soon comprise more than 20 percent of the state’s population Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement

New first for Vallejo: From bankruptcy to citizen budgeting

The Northern California city hopes, by getting citizens to dig into the budget process, it will help restore trust and confidence in local government, boost citizen engagement and make the whole budget process more transparent. Read More

Categories: Government, Civic Engagement, Transparency

Sharing responsibility with citizens a model for local government?

Hermosa Beach takes engagement to another level and empowers residents with duties the city and others like it are having a difficult time efficiently handling.  Read More

Categories: Government, Civic Engagement

Social media becoming key factor in California politics and beyond

Social media has earned a prominent seat at the table with other large media companies and has started a new way to cover politics Read More

Categories: Californians, Civic Engagement

GPAA: 21st Century Reform

As someone who has closely observed California Forward’s work over the last few years, I am in full support of the proposed Government Performance and Accountability Act (GPAA). Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement

GPAA brings strategic thinking and foresight back to budgeting

We need to invest in our future generations as the past generations invested in us. Only then will our state thrive. To do this, we must support governance and fiscal reforms to allow voters to support education, such as those in the California Forward Action Fund’s Government Performance and Accountability Act (GPAA). Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement

Leadership and collaboration spur economic gains in East Bay

Even as frustration grows to a fever pitch throughout California about the sluggish economic climate and persistent governance issues, many found reason for hope at the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA)’s strategic planning workshop. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Restructuring

Latina entrepreneurs find mentorship and inspiration at Adelante

California’s economy continues to struggle, but many believe the state’s burgeoning Latino population can help turn the state around and improve both the economic climate and governance challenges the state faces. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement

CA Fwd measure “critical” to solving state’s problems, says Tavaglione

“California as we see it today is not the state that we saw even ten years ago,” said Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, stressing that it is critical to pass the California Forward Government Performance and Accountability Act to help get the state back on its feet. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement

Prosperity plan aims to strengthen Sacramento economy

“There is no cavalry riding to our rescue,” said Jim Williams, member of the Next Economy Capital Region Prosperity Plan leadership team, as he urged Sacramento business leaders to commit themselves to hammering out a better economic future for the Sacramento region. Read More

Categories: State Budget, Civic Engagement

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