Commentary

What happened with the Props? A summary of California’s statewide proposition results

Californians sent some dramatic—and occasionally conflicting—messages with their votes on the state’s major ballot measures.  Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Governance Reform

California voters vote no on Proposition 27

With nearly 100 percent of precincts reporting, California voters have once again chosen political reform by voting down Proposition 27 by nearly 60 percent.  Read More

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

What happened with the Props? A summary of California’s statewide proposition results

Californians sent some dramatic—and occasionally conflicting—messages with their votes on the state’s major ballot measures.  Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Governance Reform

PPIC: More Californians turning to internet for political news

With advent of the 24-hour news cycle and our “need-it-yesterday” society, it’s only natural the internet is on its way to becoming the top source for political news.  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement

This November, Latinos care about respect

There is no doubt that Latino participation in elections has grown over the past 20 years. In fact, in 2008, Latinos played a significant part in deciding who would be the next president of the United States, ultimately becoming the largest demographic swing vote of that election.  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Elections

Bringing progress and equity to the Central Coast

The central coast community has been severely impacted by state cuts to services due to the perpetual California budget disaster.  Read More

What does a better CA look like? How do we get there?

When considering the plight of our state, many pundits within and outside our borders try to imagine what a better California would look like and conclude simply: anything but what California looks like now. Read More

Categories: Elections, Governance Reform

The stakes for small businesses are high this November

California small businesses have been and will always be critical to California's success. Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Tax Reform

Restoring balance and trust to the Golden State

No election is insignificant, but the specific measures on the California ballot this November bear heavily on our concerns for social justice.  Read More

Categories: Elections, Tax Reform

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

Speaking Up for California at NAACP CA Convention

On Thursday, October 21, California Forward talked with attendees at the NAACP annual California convention, held at the Oakland Marriott and Convention Center, as part of our Speak Up for California campaign. Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Speak Up CA

Proposition 24:  Repeals recent legislation that would allow businesses to lower taxable income

Over the past two years, lawmakers have made changes to certain tax laws, which have led to a decrease in the amount some businesses pay in income tax. Proposition 24 would repeal these changes and reinstate business tax laws as they existed in 2008. Read More

Categories: Elections, Tax Reform

Speaking Up for California at the CARA 7th annual convention

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, California Forward talked with attendees at the California Alliance of Retired Americans (CARA) 7th annual convention, held at the airport Hilton in Oakland, as part of our Speak Up for California campaign.  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Speak Up CA

Proposition 23: Suspends air pollution control laws

Proposition 23 is a reaction to legislation signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 (Assembly Bill 32), which limits emissions from vehicles, curbs greenhouse gas emissions from refineries and other businesses, and imposes fees on companies that fail to comply, in an attempt to protect California’s fragile environment.  Read More

Categories: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elections, Tom McKernan

One more broken system

Let me add one more broken California government system to those listed in Joe Mathews' blog posting on caforward.org on Oct. 18 Read More

Categories: Elections, Governance Reform

Comprehensive fiscal reform: How long can we wait?

Even with 100 "extra" days to finish their work, the Legislature and Governor fell well short of including comprehensive budget reform in the final 2010 budget. Read More

Categories: , Democracy, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Budget Reform, Elections, Fiscal Reform Plan

Proposition 22: Local revenue protection

Proposition 22 was placed on the ballot in response to the state’s habit of turning to local municipalities to help balance its budget.  Read More

Categories: Elections, Governance Reform

Memo to candidates - dire economy calls for deep reforms

California’s unemployment rate is 12.4 percent - third-highest in the country - but that statistic fails to tell the whole story of our economic woes. Read More

Categories: Elections, Governance Reform, Tax Reform

Proposition 19: Legalization of marijuana

Proposition 19 has been widely debated across California. The measure to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana will go before voters on Nov. 2. Read More

Categories: Dear Gov, Elections

Proposition 26: Two-thirds vote for fees

We all pay a mix of taxes and fees to fund government services, such as schools, roads, libraries, and police and fire services. Proposition 26 seeks to change how we approve certain fees from a simple majority of 50 percent plus one to a two-thirds majority vote.  Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Elections, Tax Reform

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