Reporting: Leadership Council Archives

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

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

Part 1: Revenues may be rolling in but state budget must heed lessons of past

Boom, Bust, Repeat? - New series from CA Fwd explores how the state can smartly manage recent revenue gains to strengthen public programs for the long term. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Boom, Bust, Repeat, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Leadership Council

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

With water bond down to the wire, CA Fwd endorses Water Fix Coalition framework

California needs not just smarter water investments but smarter governance. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Leadership Council, Tom McKernan, Tom McKernan

Reform success shows California governable and no longer broken

The effects of elections and budget reform can't be ignored but there's also more work to be done to improve government and the economy here. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Governance Reform, Economy, Leadership Council, Tom McKernan, Budget Reform, Cal-Access, Elections, Governance Reform, State Budget, Tom McKernan

Governor could improve voters’ trust in government

Gov. Jerry Brown says he has 600 bills on his desk, but many he will not sign because "there's not 600 problems that we need those solutions for." We suggest he locate and sign two bills, SB14 and SB15, that help solve two of his biggest problems: the annual budget mess and the lack of public trust in Sacramento's leadership, which voters say are closely linked. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Leadership Council, Selected Blog Posts, Accountability

California’s Future center stage at UCLA Plato Society event

The state of our state and how to find a better future for the tens of millions of people who call California home was the subject of a special meeting in Los Angeles over the weekend...  Read More

Categories: , Leadership Council, Bob Hertzberg, Selected Blog Posts, Bob Hertzberg, Leadership Council

Community TV of Santa Cruz: Speak up for California

Much of California's government is broken. We elect good folks to work to improve education, the environment, the economy, and other important issues. But, little if anything seems to get... Read More

Categories: , Leadership Council, Fred Keeley, Selected Blog Posts, Speak Up CA, Fred Keeley, Leadership Council, Speak Up CA

California Forward survey finds voter hope amid gloom

This week California Forward released the results from the first in a series of "California Viewpoints" surveys on Californian's attitudes toward state government, reform, and how... Read More

Categories: , Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform, Leadership Council

CA Fwd rekindles hope at Fresno community event

It’s been a long time since I have felt proud to be an American, grateful yes, but proud, no. Wednesday in Fresno, at the special event - Can California Be Fixed?... Read More

Categories: , Leadership Council, Selected Blog Posts, Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement, Civic Engagement, Leadership Council, Speak Up CA

CA Fwd named top CA influencer

California Forward has been named a top "California Influencer" by Campaigns & Elections magazine for its work to repair a broken state government... Read More

Categories: , Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Selected Blog Posts, Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform, Jerry Brown, Leadership Council, Speak Up CA

Five changes Californians must approve for reforms

As California begins another year with a huge budget deficit, let me make some predictions. Before the confetti from the New Year's party hits the floor, the Legislature will slide into its time-honored gridlock... Read More

Categories: , Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, State Budget, Budget Reform, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, State Budget

CA Fwd welcomes new partner in effort to fix state government

California Forward has worked diligently to advance political and fiscal reforms that will bolster democracy and improve the performance of government in our great but struggling state.  Read More

Categories: , Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Tax Reform, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Bob Hertzberg, Bob Hertzberg, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Tax Reform