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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: Accountability, Governance Reform, Government, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

Q&A: Assemblymember Kevin Mullin on reform, future of CA politics

Assm. Mullin (D-San Mateo) talks about culture in the Capitol as one of the newer members of the State Legislature Read More

Categories: Accountability, Governance Reform, Government, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

California Legislature sending the wrong message by blocking SCA 17

The California Legislature missed a couple of opportunities this month to help restore the public’s trust in government Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Government

Bolstered rainy day fund would benefit California business community

A restructured rainy day fund that captures spikes in capital gains revenue would lend a much needed air of stability to California's investment climate Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Government, State Budget

What is holding up California ethics reform?

After months of scandal, ethics bills have mixed results despite the need to restore public trust in government. Read More

Categories: Accountability, CA Common Sense, Governance Reform, Government, Transparency, Accountability, Governance Reform, Transparency

Using technology, data and crowdsourcing to hack infrastructure problems

The evolving potential to use tech in improving how government does business gets brighter. Read More

Categories: Government, Transparency, Transparency

Where does California’s reboot of outdated disclosure systems stand?

There's a big opportunity for tech to increase transparency, boost efficiency and help restore public trust. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Government, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

Keeping Californians in suspense

One process that the California’s legislators use to approve government bills has a shockingly similar list of attributes to suspense movies: the aptly-named Suspense File. Read More

Categories: Government

CA Fwd and others call on Sacramento to modernize California’s disclosure systems

This week a broad coalition consisting of good government groups, newspaper publishers, and lobbyists came together for one goal: fix Cal-Access and put Form 700s online Read More

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

VIDEO: Taking California’s Online Voter Registration to the next level

The June 3rd primary election is just six weeks away, yet millions of Californians will be unable to cast a ballot because they’re not yet registered to vote. Read More

Categories: Elections, Government

VIDEO: Leon Panetta’s recipe for good governance is to remember who you work for

In this first video of a series, Panetta drew on his early days in public service when asked about how state legislators should be serving their constituents. Panetta's own political life reflects the importance of bi-partisanship in doing the "people's work,” be it in Sacramento or in Washington D.C.  Read More

Categories: Accountability, Government

Californians respond to CA Fwd’s Path Toward Trust

We received a litany of responses to our Path Toward Trust plan, and the insights represent a true, thoughtful take on what Californians need to restore faith in their government.  Read More

Categories: Accountability, Government

How to build a winning water bond

Now that spring is officially here, it is beginning to feel like summer in Sacramento, and it won’t be long before lawmakers will need to vote on what – if anything – will be on the November ballot.  Read More

Categories: Accountability, Government

Legislative support critical to survival of career technical education

Due to a steady decline of investment in career technical education (CTE) brought on by recessionary factors, Californians are finding it more difficult than ever to obtain critical training for job skills that today’s employers demand. Read More

Categories: Californians, Government

New legislation looks to crack down on fundraising for school board members

nder the legislation, administrators at any state public school district and community college districts will be prohibited from soliciting contributions on behalf of the campaigns and legal defense funds of candidates and incumbent board members that govern those districts. Read More

Categories: Elections, Government

Minding your money (and improving our government) in 2014

One more holiday tradition has come and gone: The pundits have declared the important stories of 2013 and prognosticated on what to watch in 2014. But don’t be dulled by tradition. Read More

Categories: Californians, Government

Desert Hot Springs declares state of fiscal emergency

If money matters in the city of Desert Hot Springs, of Riverside County, don’t improve, the city will have to file for bankruptcy. Again. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Budget Reform, Government, Transparency

California’s surplus must be used wisely

Not only does focusing on outcomes create an atmosphere that reinforces the effective use of public funds, but it also helps to regain the trust of voters. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Government

Sen. Emmerson’s abrupt resignation brings familiar California issues to light

Republican State Senator Bill Emmerson of the 23rd district, who just a few hours prior was a panelist at the second annual California Economic Summit, submitted a brief letter of resignation to Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg last Friday afternoon. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Californians, Government, Transparency

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: Accountability, Californians, Governance Reform, Government

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