Commentary

VIDEO: Panetta urges reforms in California to continue

Former Defense Secretary gives rousing speech on the state of national politics and the need for California to be a model of reform.  Read More

Categories: 50 State, CA Fwd Legacy, Democracy

CA Fwd rallies political reformers from across the US around nationwide agenda for change

Amid highly polarized national politics, reform groups seek path forward at state and local level Read More

Categories: 50 State, Democracy, Elections, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Elections

Why the Middle Class Matters

The California Dream isn't sustainable unless we do more to lift the state's workforce into middle class jobs Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

California Community Colleges launch biomanufacturing bachelor degree program

To match workforce needs, two colleges worked together to offer a four-year biotech and biomanufacturing degree Read More

Categories: Economy, Regional Economies

CA Fwd: Moving CA From Red Ink to a Reserve

How CA took a leap forward in creating a more stable state budget picture Read More

Categories: CA Fwd Legacy, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, State Budget

CA Fwd: Rebuilding Trust Between The People and Government

How organization has encouraged and promoted more responsive government for a decade Read More

Categories: CA Fwd Legacy, Democracy, Cal-Access, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections

Bill Mueller: For Trump, we should prove, not provoke

Show why the California experiment, which values economic, environmental, and social progress, is working Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

Modernization of California’s political ethics law moves into final phases

Project to simplify state's Political Reform Act to bring streamlined draft to Legislature Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

A New Declaration needed to bridge gap between government and the people

Duf Sundheim: Goal of a government For The People remains but the way decisions are made needs a new approach Read More

Categories: 50 State

Data on money in politics provide essential infrastructure for a 50 State Solution

Hard facts about political campaign spending are critical to judging how well reforms are working Read More

Categories: 50 State, Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

VIDEO: Community Colleges aim to better prepare California millennials for today’s economy

New chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley says students will need skills to make more career and job changes than previous generations Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

California Community Colleges rewarded for supporting budding entrepreneurs

Efforts to promote entrepreneurs and small business in California earned national recognition Read More

California and CA Fwd should double-down on Smart Government

In divisive era, government reform needs to start with framework based on goals, metrics, and accountability for outcomes Read More

Categories: CA Fwd Legacy, Community Services, Restructuring, Governance Reform, Leadership Council

CA Fwd’s Comments on Governor Brown’s 2017-18 Budget Proposal

Statement on behalf of James Mayer, President & CEO of California Forward Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Jim Mayer

Training center built by colleges and manufacturers to close Inland Empire skills gap

Collaboration helps train more skilled workers to meet local demand as older workers retire and technology changes Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

CA Fwd and Riverside County: Using Data to Solve Problems

A model for system change sprang from a need to make criminal justice more cost-effective and lower jail populations Read More

Categories: CA Fwd Legacy, Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

No one is coming to the rescue to solve California’s housing crisis. So let’s do it ourselves.

Even with all the housing bills signed into law last year, the governor and Legislature missed the opportunity to sufficiently respond to the crisis Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

VIDEO: The California Economic Summit—Five years on and poised for more growth

Watch our video wrap-up of the 2016 Summit which drew more than 500 Californians to refine a roadmap to shared prosperity Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

Specialty nurse shortage prompts program promoting “high fidelity” training

Data shows a need for more than 6,000 newly qualified nurses in Southern California alone. Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit

CA Fwd showed how to make progress in divisive year of politics

2016 successes in transparency and accountability show potential for gains in 2017 Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

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