Reporting: Civic Engagement Archives

Low voter turnout seen among fast growing California demographic groups

Predicted population trends will result in more eligible Latinos and Asian Americans in California, but if voter turnout percentages remain at low levels, the groups will remain under-represented in the political process. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Civic Engagement, Elections

Bipartisan conversations address next steps toward improved governance

Leaders from across the political spectrum and across California will take part in public discussions about how to restore California's role as the model for other states to follow in the areas of education, jobs and public engagement.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Governance Reform, Term Limits, Government, Leadership Council, Accountability, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement, Elections, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Redistricting, State Budget, Transparency

The road to democracy via the Lachin Corridor

County clerk from California made the 7,000-mile trek to the disputed region and de facto independent state of Nagorno-Karabakh to observe recent elections and found them to be free and fair--along with a population informed and excited about participating.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

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

Poll: Californians say voter turnout a big problem, support election reforms

Survey shows most voters and non-voters open to reforms designed to boost turnout, like sending every registered Californian a vote-by-mail ballot and automatically registering people who utilize DMV. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Government, Civic Engagement, Elections, State Budget

California’s political reforms are working

Latest special election in district with political makeup similar to the entire state shows how California's top-two primary is an incentive for less partisan politics. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Civic Engagement, Elections, Governance Reform, Proposition 14, Redistricting

VIDEO: California Chief Justice leads charge to close civic knowledge gap

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye created partnership with California schools to boost student proficiency in civic to encourage more participation in democracy. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections

What happens to public trust when activists become lawmakers?

Newly elected officials talk about the harsh realities of learning how to work inside the system of local government Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, 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

VIDEO: How to boost youth voting? Change voting age says lawmaker

Lawmaker proposes lowering state primary voting age to engage young voters earlier in the electoral process and encourage lifelong voting Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

VIDEO: California chief justice and state elections chief on increasing voter turnout

State officials addressed elections conference on boosting civic education and voter turnout in California Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

California elections officials, voting advocates tackle low voter turnout

Elections conference takes up elections nuts-and-bolts issues like access and turnout numbers, like the mere 8.2% of young Californians who voted in November 2014. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Elections

New study finds dismal 2014 youth voter turnout may continue unabated

When less than 10 percent of eligible young Californians make their voice heard through the ballot box, the future of our state is refusing to have a say in our state’s future. Action needs to be taken. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections

Some final words on this important Election Day in California

Before we say get out and vote (!), we have a few other things we’d like to discuss. Think of this as Scrooged, California Edition, because we’re going to talk about the past, the present and the future. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Government

VIDEO: To overcome Millennial cynicism, empower them with good info

Millennials don't trust those in power and think that their vote doesn't count. Voter's Edge can combat this cynicism by arming them with trusted election information Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections

New research shows CA youth more likely to have their vote-by-mail ballots rejected

New research reveals demographic disparities in California’s unsuccessful vote-by-mail ballots, finding youth are more likely to have their vote-by-mail ballots rejected than older voters. Read More

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

Sen. Alex Padilla: Showing Millennials that voting does matter

While we can’t legislate more exciting candidates, we can do more to show voters that every vote matters Read More

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

Today is final day to register to vote in November election

While online voter registration has boosted the number of 18-24 year olds added to the voter registration rolls, young people remain underrepresented as a proportion of the state’s overall electorate Read More

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

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

Pete Peterson on Millennial civic engagement: Know the challenges

If there’s one thing I've learned, it’s that what works to increase engagement for one group or community might not be what works for another. This is particularly true for Millennials, who face different civic engagement challenges than other generations. Read More

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

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