Commentary

Proposition 25 - A new front in the long war against Proposition 13

Proposition 25 is the latest weapon against Proposition 13, but backers do not want voters to know it.  Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Elections, Tax Reform

Proposition 25 - A chance for change

What motivates people to vote? Change. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Elections

Proposition 25: Majority vote budget

The California State Constitution requires that the Legislature approve a budget by June 15 of each year, 15 days before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. But over time, the budget has increasingly been enacted past this date. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Elections, Fiscal Reform Plan

The education crisis, state leaders, and the upcoming election

Let’s be clear about something: There is an education crisis in California. An inequitable education system is creating a lost generation of students. Soon the rest of California will feel this loss, as it ripples across an economy and civil society that needs a more skilled labor force, better educated and engaged residents, and a social safety network that will be stressed into bankruptcy. Read More

Categories: Elections

Free movie screening: Gerrymandering

We hope you'll be able to join us for a special screening of the just-released film Gerrymandering this Thursday, Oct. 21 in San Francisco!  Read More

Categories: Proposition 11, Redistricting

“Strong ale for a weak economy” to benefit CA Forward

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company has sent a five-pack of its popular Budgetary Alement Ale to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the rest of the state's "Big Five," in honor of the recent passing of the state's budget, which was a record 100 days overdue. Read More

Categories: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bob Hertzberg, Leadership Council

Proposition 21: VLF surcharge for parks

This measure would create a new, stable funding stream for California state parks and wildlife programs, which have received declining amounts of financial support in recent years.  Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Elections

Joe Mathews: Beyond the election

The two top contenders for governor each have ruled out pursuing the kind of top-to-bottom electoral, budget and structural changes the state needs.  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Elections, Governance Reform

Mike Genest: Ensuring state and municipal solvency

When I retired as Governor Schwarzenegger’s Director of Finance at the end of last year, I decided that I wanted to remain involved in state policy, especially surrounding our troubled budget.  Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Bob Hertzberg, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan

Jim Lazarus: Critical moment for redistricting reform

Once considered one of the most powerful economic engines in the world, California recently made headlines for its record-breaking 100-day budget impasse. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated occurrence.  Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Proposition 11

Speaking Up for California at the Reviving California Community Summit

On Saturday, Oct. 2, California Forward talked with attendees at the American Leadership Forum's (ALF) Reviving California Community Summit at the Flint Center in Cupertino, as part of our Speak Up for California campaign. Read More

Categories: Speak Up CA

The Proposition Song

Need a little help sorting out all of those propositions on this November's ballot? The California Voter Foundation‘s “Proposition Song Players” have put together a little ditty to help clear things up – the state-wide famous Proposition Song!  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Elections

Proposition 27: Repeal of Citizens’ Redistricting Commission

This measure returns responsibility for determining the boundaries of the California’s legislative districts to the State Legislature, taking it out of the hands of a bipartisan commission recently established by voters. Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Dear Gov, Elections, Proposition 11

Proposition 27: Repeal of Citizens’ Redistricting Commission

This measure returns responsibility for determining the boundaries of the California’s legislative districts to the State Legislature, taking it out of the hands of a bipartisan commission recently established by voters. Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Dear Gov, Elections, Proposition 11

Proposition 20: Redistricting of Congressional districts

This measure takes away responsibility from the State Legislature for determining the boundaries of the state’s U.S. Congressional districts, and puts it in the hands of a bipartisan commission recently established by voters. Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Dear Gov, Elections, Proposition 11

Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010

The Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRA 2010) passed the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee unanimously on Wednesday, Sept. 29. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Governance Reform, Transparency

Alex Raksin: The Whitman and Brown debate

The notion that California is the place to “invent the American dream” may have been conjured up by real estate hucksters, but Californians largely accepted this romantic ideal during the 20th Century, thanks not only to the Mamas and the Papas and scores of other Hollywood musicians and movie-makers, but to the Progressive leaders who created a ballot initiative process that gives voters enough clout to act like a Fourth branch of government. Read More

Categories: , Democracy, Elections, Jerry Brown, Budget Reform, Budget Reform, Elections, Jerry Brown

Welcome to the California Forward Elections Blog!

From now until Election Day on Nov. 2, 2010, we dedicate our blog to you. This space is a forum for you to discuss and debate the issues facing our state, the propositions and candidates on the ballot, and how all of this affects us. Read More

Categories: Elections, Fiscal Reform Plan

Speaking up for California at Loyola Law School

On Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, California Forward talked to attendees of the Rebooting California symposium at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles as part of our Speak Up for California campaign.  Read More

Categories: Speak Up CA

Dear Gov responses

On Tuesday, California Forward announced the launch of its important campaign to engage with people across the state, encouraging them to share their thoughts about budget reform.  Read More

Categories: , Budget Reform, Dear Gov, Budget Reform, Dear Gov

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