Commentary

Making CA work better: A Q&A with CA Fwd’s Jim Mayer

As California Forward connects with thousands of people across the state about reform ideas to help repair our government, Executive Director Jim Mayer discusses what CA Fwd wants to do and how Californians can take part ... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Accountability, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform, Proposition 14

Public can weigh in on proposed choices for remaining Citizens Redistricting commissioners

The current eight members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission met on Friday to choose the remaining six commissioners, for a total of 14. The six will be chosen from ... Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Civic Engagement, Proposition 11

State lawmakers tout CA Fwd ideas in discussions on how to solve the budget crisis

For California's budget, it has been a week of the worst of times and then even worse. With California once again confronting a massive budget shortfall estimated at more than $25 billion ... Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Speak Up CA, State Budget

Governor-elect Brown begins long and winding road to fix state budget

Word from the state Legislative Analyst on Wednesday is that the budget is scarier than we thought. But Governor-elect Jerry Brown is determined to tame the budget beast. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Governance Reform, Jerry Brown, State Budget

Drawing the lines For California

On November 30th, I was sworn in to a 10-year term of service on California’s first-ever Citizens Redistricting Commission. This 8-member body is charged with redrawing ...  Read More

Categories: , Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Transparency

Schwarzenegger’s last-gasp budget revives previous ideas

In his final budget performance Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger resurrected ideas that fell on the cutting-room floor earlier this year. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, State Budget

Progress Report offers roadmap to sustainable and prosperous future for CA

As Californians work to recover from both the economic recession and an erosion of education, public safety, social service, and business prowess, a new report offers a framework ... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement

Californians tackle major issues at the Reviving CA Community Summit in Silicon Valley

On Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, people from all walks of life came together to help find ways to reinvigorate the State of California. Read More

Categories: , Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Selected Blog Posts, Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement, Elections, Speak Up CA

California is different and a 2011 harbinger

There has already been, and will be much more written in the wake of the 2010 mid-term elections. Behind the many plot lines that played out at the national level ...  Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Governance Reform, Jerry Brown

Selection of Redistricting Commission enters final phase

The initial eight members of California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission, chosen last month, meet for the first time today. Their first task: to choose the remaining six members of their group. Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission

Are you on the map?

Hundreds of Californians have voiced their ideas on how to improve our state, and the "Dear Governor" messages are now posted online as part of the California Forward Idea Map.  Read More

Categories: , Selected Blog Posts, Dear Gov, Dear Gov

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

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