CA Fwd in the News

A running list of coverage of CA Fwd in the news, alongside selected items on reform in California.

For press inquiries, please contact Jania Palacios (520-404-7643, jania@cafwd.org).

Open Data Bill Would Require Cities to Create Data Inventories

In an effort to help unleash the power of open data to transform government, drive economic growth, and rebuild public trust, legislation introduced by Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) would make it easier for citizens, journalists, and business owners find the information they need. Read more

Transparency gets win as funds OK’d to digitize financial disclosure by public officials

The Legislature took an important step this week toward providing Californians easier access to financial disclosure statements by public officials. Assembly and Senate budget subcommittees approved funding for the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to build an electronic Form 700 filing system, replacing the current paper-based system. Read more

Sacramento Report: Learning to Speak Sacramenton

“The way trailer bills have inserted last minute items into the budget without longterm public discussion worries Democrats as well as Republicans,” says California Forward, a group that advocates for government reform and transparency. Read more

CA Fwd report highlights revenue options for investments in education and infrastructure

As the recovery lifts California out of a decade of financial crises, the state’s inherent economic strengths and lingering fiscal weaknesses are being revealed. Read more

City of Bell Scores Top Grades for Open Data Access One Year After Trials Conclude

One year ago this month, former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in what became known as The Bell Scandal. Read more

Jodi Remke: Technology and Transparency go hand in hand

Jodi Remke is chairwoman of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission. At the recent California Forward Summit on Data in Sacramento, she made a case for California moving to modernize and use technology to enhance the work of her watchdog agency and others. We asked to reprint her comments given the importance of she said and how it helps define a roadmap toward greater transparency in our government: Read more

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