Reporting: Governance Reform Archives

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: Governance Reform, Accountability, Transparency

California ballot initiatives—keep them but fix them

California Forward, the League of Women of Voters of California and dozens of others civic groups have been meeting over the past year sharing opinions and ideas for changes in the initiative process. Read More

Categories: Elections, Governance Reform

CA Fwd comments on today’s ethics legislation

We are committed to working with the Legislature to make sure these reforms can make a real difference.  Read More

Categories: Governance Reform

California Forward’s written testimony on the Rainy Day Fund

Much of California’s recent fiscal instability has been aggravated by short-term decisions that led to boom-and-bust budgeting. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, State Budget, Budget Reform

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

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

Initiative process scrutinized in PPIC roundtable

PPIC’s Reforming California’s Initiative Process event, held Thursday afternoon in Sacramento, was an analysis of California’s popular but flawed process of direct democracy Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Californians, Restructuring

California Economic Summit inches closer

A little over a month before the California Economic Summit on November 7-8 in Los Angeles, the final updates to the Signature Initiatives identified at the 2012 Summit have been added to the Summit’s Progress Tracker. Read More

Categories: Stakeholder Roundtables, Governance Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan

Californians offer their critiques of the most recent Legislative session

While we judge the progress of the Legislature based on how effective they were at creating more middle class jobs and promoting cost-effective public services, we wanted to know what regular Californians like you thought Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Californians, Government, Accountability

Launch of searchable CalPERS pension database blocked by retirees’ concerns

California Forward is advocating a 21st Century approach: Information should be available in workable formats, without having to look beyond an agency website Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Transparency

President Obama pushes for smarter government to boost effectiveness

Last week President Obama laid out a vision for greater government efficiency directing his Cabinet to build a “smarter, more innovative, and more accountable government for its citizens.” Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Transparency

Los Angeles homeless agencies collaborate to sidestep red tape and deliver results

Trying to find a flight these days without Expedia just scratches the surface of what it's like to find a home when you're homeless. But that is changing. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform

Series Intro: How administering elections in California varies by county

How much do you know about your County Elections Department and their role in administering your right to vote? Read More

Categories: Elections, Governance Reform

Is your absentee ballot being counted in California?

One person, one vote, that’s the fundamental principle of our democracy Read More

Categories: Elections, Governance Reform

California Legislature digressing on transparency and open data

The legislature recently took one step forward and two steps back on the road towards greater transparency in California. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Government, Accountability, Transparency

Big transparency win by California Legislature

The budget bill was made public on Tuesday, while its more than 20 “trailer bills” -- the detailed bills that make the budget a reality -- were posted online the over the following 2 days Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Transparency

What should California do with the $4.6 billion in extra tax revenue?

Californians in November 2014 are scheduled to vote on a constitutional amendment, the California Rainy Day Budget Stablization Fund Act Read More

Categories: Elections, Governance Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan

San Jose asks citizens what they think their officials should be paid

The City Council Salary Setting Commission is gathering input regarding compensation for the Mayor and City Council Read More

Categories: Governance Reform

California must invest in open government for the sun to shine

California's commitment to open government has not kept pace with innovation Read More

Categories: Governance Reform

Following the Dark Money

Campaign finance disclosure is a critical pillar in the overall discussion of transparency in government during Sunshine Week Read More

Categories: Governance Reform

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