Commentary

116th Annual CSAC Conference in Riverside

California Forward (CA Fwd) engaged with county leaders last week at the annual California State Association of Counties (CSAC) conference in Riverside. Read More

Categories: , Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement, Civic Engagement, Speak Up CA

Policymakers in Sacramento must help small business

Another election has come and gone in California. At the national level, there was a major shift, with new faces in Congress and a new party ruling the House of Representatives.  Read More

Categories: Elections

A big job for newly elected leaders

Nationally, as was foreshadowed by the special election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, independents gave the Republicans gains in Congress. Read More

Categories: , Budget Reform, Redistricting, Budget Reform, Redistricting

Citizens Redistricting Commission takes shape

The first eight of 14 commissioners for the California Citizens Redistricting Commission have now been chosen. Read More

Portion of Citizen’s Redistricting Commission to be seated this week

The make-up of the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission will take another step closer to completion this week, as the first eight members are chosen at random from a list of 36 finalists. Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11

Portion of Citizen’s Redistricting Commission to be seated this week

The make-up of the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission will take another step closer to completion this week, as the first eight members are chosen at random from a list of 36 finalists. Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11

The reform agenda - red pills, blue agendas, and the neo-Johnsons

You do not have to have read George Orwell to know that one of the most abused words in the English language is "reform." It is almost as bad as our penchant for reviving old labels with the word "neo."  Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Governance Reform, Tax Reform

Fred Keeley appears on The CEO Show with Carl Guardino

California Forward’s Fred Keeley, treasurer of Santa Cruz County and leader in efforts to reform California’s broken budget and governance system, appeared on The CEO Show with Carl Guardino on Nov. 9, 2010.  Read More

Categories: Fred Keeley, Governance Reform

Election results bring landscape and climate change to education

In the educational and social justice community, we hope the 2010 election results will bring literal and figurative climate change to Sacramento and California. Key election results present new hopes and opportunities for the communities we represent: low-income families, immigrants, and students of color. Read More

Categories: , Democracy, Elections, Elections

Speaking Up for California at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Los Angeles

Angelenos were just as passionate as those in D.C. on Oct. 30 about the desire to restore common sense, reasonable dialogue, communication, and fair compromise to government and society. Read More

Categories: Speak Up CA

Speaking truth to power

Once again, Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor is playing the role of Toto in the Wizard of Oz. He pulled the curtain back and revealed for citizens of the state that little secret about the state budget that the great Wizards (Governor and Legislature) would not admit. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform Plan, Governance Reform, Jerry Brown

Family meals and challenging times spark civic engagement

Talking about politics at the dinner table encourages an engaged citizenry according to findings of the 2010 California Civic Health Index (CHI), a new Congressionally-chartered study, by the National Conference on Citizenship, in collaboration with California Forward. Read More

Categories: , Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement, Civic Engagement, Speak Up CA

Election results complicate efforts for structural reform

California voters demonstrated their famed misdirection on Nov. 2, stopping the Republican tsunami at the eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but also sending a strong message about the size and reach of government, and just how far they will trust politicians, once elected to office. Read More

Categories: , Governance Reform, Jerry Brown, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 14, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Governance Reform, Jerry Brown, Proposition 14

Confused voters need a crash course in democracy

The election is over, and what happened? No one has much of an answer, since voters appear to be deeply confused and conflicted about what government means in our lives, especially in California.  Read More

Categories: , Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Civic Engagement, Elections

The bottom line – budgetarily speaking – on 3 propositions (that are now the law of the land)

Now that the slate mailers are in the recycling bin, how did this election affect the State’s precarious fiscal condition? Is the 2010-11 state budget still in balance? Is the problem bigger or smaller than it was on Monday, Nov. 1? Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Elections, Jerry Brown

The bottom line – budgetarily speaking – on 3 propositions (that are now the law of the land)

Now that the slate mailers are in the recycling bin, how did this election affect the State’s precarious fiscal condition? Is the 2010-11 state budget still in balance? Is the problem bigger or smaller than it was on Monday, Nov. 1? Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Elections, Jerry Brown

League of Women Voters of California hails voters’ confirmation of redistricting reform

On Nov. 2, California voters decisively rejected Proposition 27 and the attempt to destroy the far-reaching redistricting reform passed by the voters in 2008.  Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections

Down the ticket: Non-gubernatorial constitutional officer election results

An estimated 9.5 million Californians came out to vote in this week’s election, wading through two front-and-back pages of ballot choices, myriad local measures, and several tight races.  Read More

Categories: , Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Civic Engagement, Elections

For California, Jerry Brown might just be in the right place at the right time

It's hard to argue with the decisive majority (54 to 41 percent) of Californians who chose Jerry Brown as their next governor Tuesday. Read More

Categories: , Governance Reform, Jerry Brown, Budget Reform, Budget Reform, Governance Reform, Jerry Brown

Speaking Up for California at VICA conference

On Thursday, October 21, California Forward talked with attendees at the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) 2010 business conference in Woodland Hills, CA, as part of our Speak Up for California campaign. Read More

Categories: Speak Up CA

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