Commentary

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

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

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