Commentary

Long-term thinking to fix California government

As Californians grapple with the major issues facing our state and work to find ways to fix our broken government, Common Good founder and chair and conservative columnist Philip K. Howard makes the case for... Read More

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

Why restructuring government is the only way to fix California

A week after Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal was released, details of his spending and revenue plans have begun to come into focus—along with the first wave of showdowns with those his cuts will most impact (with much of the early attention going to redevelopment agencies and enterprise zone developers). Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Accountability, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Governance Reform, Jerry Brown, Speak Up CA, State Budget

Brown’s budget: A refreshing change in a sea of status quo

California, as we know, is awfully complex, with a Gross Domestic Product eclipsing that of all but seven world nations and a culture lurching ahead of perhaps all formal political entities... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Fred Keeley, Jerry Brown, State Budget

Brown’s budget: A refreshing change in a sea of status quo

California, as we know, is awfully complex, with a Gross Domestic Product eclipsing that of all but seven world nations and a culture lurching ahead of perhaps all formal political entities... Read More

Categories: , Jerry Brown, Selected Blog Posts, Fred Keeley, Budget Reform, State Budget, Budget Reform, Fred Keeley, Jerry Brown, State Budget

What advice would you give Governor Jerry Brown?

I would advise Governor Jerry Brown that "Rome was not built in one day!" Yes the State of California is in a fiscal crisis, however, it did not happen overnight and trying to balance... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Jerry Brown, State Budget

Transparency crucial in budget negotiations

In the coming weeks, the California State Legislature will debate the details of Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal. With an $8.2 billion deficit in this year’s budget and... Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Restructuring, State Budget, Transparency

Gov. Brown’s budget and a path forward

Most new governors enjoy a grace period when the public and Legislature give them the time - and support - to do what they promised. We hope that's true for Governor Brown, because his budget, as tough as it is, may provide a bi-partisan way forward for California - something we at California Forward have been focused on for several years. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Bob Hertzberg, Governance Reform, Jerry Brown, State Budget, Tom McKernan

Online Chats Engage Californians and Focus on Future of CA

Every Californian should understand that our state is teetering on a financial precipice and that we each have a role in pulling it back from the brink. Join the conversation about the future of our state each Wednesday between noon and 1 p.m. through January. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform

What’s the big deal about the budget? 3Qs for Peter Schrag

The big news of the day is brand-new Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget for California. Citing a $25.4 billion deficit over the next year and a half, the guv wants... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, State Budget

The missing piece of the budget puzzle

The 2011-12 budget plan introduced by Governor Brown on Monday includes major pieces of the fiscal puzzle that at long last will hopefully bring fiscal balance back to California...  Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Fiscal Reform Plan, State Budget

Forging a path to a stronger state

In recent days several news outlets have focused on the work of California Forward and our efforts to fix state government. While much of this may be in response... Read More

Categories: , Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Proposition 11, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Governance Reform, Proposition 11

Citizens Redistricting Commission begins work this week

On Wednesday, a new era of redistricting in California begins with the first meeting of the Citizens Redistricting Commission.... Read More

Categories: , Selected Blog Posts, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Redistricting, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Redistricting

The Conversation: Can California be pulled from the brink?

California has long been the bellwether for the United States as a whole. Indeed, as the world's eighth-largest economy that is home to Hollywood and Google... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Governance Reform

Brown says California needs restructuring

As he inherits California's chronic budget problems, Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants to try a new approach to dealing with the state's massive deficits: a broad restructuring of the relationship between the state and local governments... Read More

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

The Path Forward

Californians want a path forward - one right step after another. We need to stop the bleeding and start the healing, make government work again, and support... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Governance Reform

Can a two-year budget help solve California’s financial woes?

The direness of California's budget crisis has one silver lining: efforts to reform state government are finally gaining traction with voters and lawmakers... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Budget Reform, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Fred Keeley, Leadership Council, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, State Budget

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

Silicon Valley to Jerry Brown: We need a game changer

"Game changers." In Silicon Valley, we use this term for cutting-edge products and processes that leapfrog the competition... Read More

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

What can Brown do for California?

Next week, Jerry Brown will take the helm of the maligned entity known as the Golden State. Much of the state's glimmer has been lost since the last time... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Elections, Jerry Brown, Tax Reform

News and views on Schwarzenegger’s legacy

Over the last few weeks, much has been written about our current Governor's legacy and the recall election which swept him into office... Read More

Categories: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

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