Reporting: Civic Engagement Archives

Elections summit takes stock of California’s nonpartisan top-two primary reform

The question of the day in Sacramento was whether California's open primary reform was reducing partisan gridlock and creating more competitive elections.  Read More

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

Bipartisan leaders kick off conversation in San Jose on California’s big challenges

Education, the economy, and civic engagement topped the agenda at event in Silicon Valley, where a bipartisan panel looked to kick off a larger movement to boost community involvement in solving the big problems of today.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Transparency

Swearengin: California is remarkable but faces challenges

Fresno mayor Ashley Swearengin to take part in bipartisan conversations to discuss education, jobs, civic engagement and fiscal stability in California.  Read More

Categories: Community Services, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Economy, Creating Jobs, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, State Budget, Transparency

California lawmakers reflect on effects of top-two primary at upcoming summit

California‚Äôs open primary also known as "top-two" to be a featured topic at election reform summit in Sacramento on August 19. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14

Educator: School reform requires bipartisan cooperation, civic engagement

Education leader talks how upcoming forum tackling schools, the economy, civic engagement and more reflects the need for more bipartisan collaboration to improve the state. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Economy, Creating Jobs, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, State Budget

How Government Can Work Even Better—-A Bipartisan View

Former mayor of San Jose and other politically experienced Californians join upcoming open forum on middle class job creation, improving public schools, inspiring more participation in elections and government, and how we spend our money effectively. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Economy, Creating Jobs, Government, Accountability, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, Governance Reform, State Budget

The Voting Rights Act Turns 50.  And Also 40.

August 6 is the 50-year anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the 40-year anniversary of the amendments to the Act that required materials be made available in other languages.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections

What does rise of California no-party voter mean for major party outreach?

As voters increasingly register No Party Preference, experts say major parties will need to evaluate how to campaign and engage with citizens in less traditional ways.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections

Are California top-two primaries transforming state politics?

Study claims California's nonpartisan primary has made elections more competitive and decreased dysfunction in the Legislature.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14

CA Fwd hosting summit on California’s nonpartisan primary

Sacramento event, open to the public, will look at the state's "top-two" or nonpartisan primary and the future of other election reforms and will feature Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Senator Steve Glazer, other elected officials and experts in elections. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14

California bipartisan conversations will highlight collaboration over confrontation

Events open to the public will feature problem solvers from across the political spectrum engaging with Californians to talk about how we spend our money, how we improve our schools and how we create meaningful jobs. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Economy, Creating Jobs, Smart Investment, Californians, Government, Accountability, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, Infrastructure, Redistricting, State Budget, Tax Reform, Transparency

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, Bipartisan Conversations, 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

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