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CA Fwd report: The coming revenue debate must look beyond politics

With more than a dozen major tax proposals moving ahead, the new report from CA Fwd explores the biggest ideas and their policy implications, while outlining a set of criteria voters can use to weigh the merits of each. Read More

Categories: Financing the Future, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Government, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tax Reform

Let’s encourage debate, not silence opponents

Recent kerfuffle in the Assembly where member ordered removal of colleague's microphone represents a high-profile lapse in effective governance which requires collaboration, open communication and vibrant debate. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Government, Accountability, Governance Reform, Transparency

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

CA Fwd’s comment on U.S. Supreme Court’s redistricting ruling

Statement on Monday's ruling in favor of independent redistricting commissions in Arizona case Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Governance Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

U.S. Supreme Court upholds citizens redistricting

The Supreme Court affirmed the power of Arizona's independent commission to draw congressional boundaries, a decision that protects California's own citizens redistricting reform. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

Open Data bill is an important update to the California Public Records Act

Proposed law essentially redefines public records from individual documents to the information or data they contain. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Government, Leadership Council, Bob Hertzberg, Accountability, 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

Open data bill would require cities to create data inventories

Local governments would need to catalog their data management systems and make the information publicly available under bill by State Senator Bob Hertzberg. Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Government, Leadership Council, Bob Hertzberg, Accountability, Bob Hertzberg, Transparency

A quick word on California ballot initiative reform

BITA has passed, but what are the next steps toward ensuring its success? And what are Californians looking for in this new Legislative session? Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Initiative Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Transparency, Government, Accountability, Governance Reform, Transparency

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

Pete Weber and Jim Mayer: State political reform is working

The evidence is growing that voters are getting the political reform they wanted when they seized from lawmakers the authority to draw district boundaries, opened primary elections to all voters, and modified term limits to reduce constant campaigning. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Governance Reform, Government

CA State Controller: Always more work to be done in the name of transparency

As California State Controller, my job hinges on having access to the numbers that help me to tell the stories about what direction our State, communities, schools and businesses are heading. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Government

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

Latino Millennials are an expanding and influential voter demo

Hispanic Millennials make up about seven percent of California’s voting population and are influential both for their own numbers and how they also provide information to older generations Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Californians, Millennials, Government

Reader Poll: Who won, Neel Kashkari or Gov. Brown?

Did the gubernatorial debate change your opinion of either candidate? Read More

Categories: Democracy, Government, Jerry Brown

Q&A: Assemblymember Scott Wilk on redistricting, Capitol culture

Q&A with Assemblymember Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) is another first term member of the California Legislature who took the time to answer some of our questions Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Governance Reform, Government

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