Ed Coghlan

Contributing Editor

Ed Coghlan is a contributing editor and special correspondent for California Forward and the California Economic Summit, dealing with all matters related to California's sputtering economy and how we as a state can get it back on track. He is a veteran of television news at all levels and serves as a media consultant in his spare time.

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VIDEO: How higher education can still deliver on the California Dream

The California Economic Summit is helping connect workforce development to the state's education systems Read More

VIDEO: How a vibrant rural California helps entire economy

CA Economic Summit looking at improving urban-rural economic links and growing better-paying jobs inland Read More

Inclusive governance a necessity to elevating Californians

Podcast: Promoting more participatory governing will help build an economy that reflects more of us Read More

New report outlines recommendations for transparency in who pays for political ads

Online campaigns have changed rapidly, but rules to let voters know who is paying have not. Read More

Report: Workforce gap in L.A. region in means thousands of middle-skills jobs could go unfilled

Talent gap and an aging population are upping the demand for more workers in middle-skills jobs in mid-income range Read More

California colleges creating stronger workforce earn “Stars” for their progress

Strong Workforce Program rewarding programs with early success filling need for more skilled workers Read More

VIDEO: California schools group wraps up successful collaboration to improve LCFF plans

Faced with daunting task of creating school accountability plans, these districts came together at just the right time Read More

California colleges adapt to training workforce for autonomous, flying future

Producing more workers for drone-filled, robotic 21st-century economy the goal of new curriculum development program Read More

San Diego to host 2017 California Economic Summit

Sixth annual event tackling housing, workforce, water problems hindering upward mobility Read More

Prominent Californians Join CA Fwd Leadership Council

Four new members elected, growing the bipartisan and diverse group of leaders dedicated to a better California Read More

New FPPC tool makes it easier to explore state official payments data

State political watchdog agency launches search site for finding payments requested by state officials Read More

California’s major economic sectors to benefit from new Strong Workforce funding

Community Colleges reveal $200 million in spending and accountability via regional workforce programs Read More

California group seeks to train and motivate women to run for office

Training series kicked off across the state to build skills and tactics for women looking to run Read More

Something very important happened in Sacramento this week in full view of public

Voting on transportation bill, Legislature passed important transparency test put in place by voters Read More

Community Colleges give breakdown where new workforce funds being spent

Data portal details how $200 million in career tech education funding are being distributed across California Read More

VIDEO: How to boost upward mobility in California

Whether or not California's next generations do better than their parents has a lot to do with these local factors Read More

Governor Brown goes to Washington

California's governor sent message to President Trump about where they could work together and where they may clash Read More

Future of California Elections highlighted this week

One of biggest changes in how Californians vote will be focus as election officials gather in Los Angeles Read More

Assembly hearings focused on raising more Californians into middle class

JEDE Committee takes up questions about poverty and misalignment of policies that should combat it Read More

VIDEO: California entrepreneur works to shine light on money in politics

CA Fwd talks to Jim Heerwagen, citizen champion of transparency and campaign finance reform Read More

Yes, Washington, there is a political middle

Despite blue status, California created models of reform that combat hyper-partisanship  Read More

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

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

CA Fwd: Rebuilding Trust Between The People and Government

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

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

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

New chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley shares vision for California Community Colleges

Education leader talks about how the colleges can move more students into 21st century jobs Read More

Tell Stories! 2016 Summit wraps with call to action for 2017

An inspiring request to show the rest of the country what's possible closed out the fifth annual Summit in Sacramento Read More

VIDEO: How California housing crisis adds to public health problems

Inability of Californians to pay for housing in their communities impacts their health and more Read More

Fifth annual California Economic Summit to focus on pathways out of poverty

Registration open for state's foremost effort linking regional economies to a strategy for shared prosperity Read More

California early voting showed appeal

While thousands waited hours to vote early this year, expanded early voting options in future California elections will require more funding Read More

Can this presidential election actually energize political reform?

With a highly polarized political environment nationally, the time is right for reform to break gridlock at the state level. Read More

CA Fwd—Approaching a Decade of Making a Difference

Ten years into an era of reform, California's outlook has been shaped by public desire for change in how government served the people. Read More

Public comment period extended for Political Reform Act Revision Project

Time added to first round of public comment on the draft revision of California's 42-year-old political ethics law Read More

California ballot propositions cut down to haiku size

Los Angeles man created poetic, three-line descriptions for each of California's 17 ballot propositions Read More

Prop 54 supporters make their case for increased transparency

November ballot initiative would require all open legislative hearings be recorded and made available Read More

VIDEO: Modernizing California’s Political Reform Act draws capitol crowd

Simplifying California's complex political ethics law to increase participation is the focus of Sacramento event Read More

Public now has chance to help modernize California’s Political Reform Act

Project to update the state's fundamental political ethics law now inviting comment and holding public info sessions. Read More

California Treasurer Chiang calls out pay to play in school bond elections

Good government organizations applaud effort to stop questionable bankrolling of campaign activities in local bond election campaigns Read More

Political Reform Act Revision webinar draws great interest

Project will invite public comment on refreshed version of California's "overly complex, cumbersome and at times inconsistent" political ethics law. Read More

VIDEO: Why California is modernizing its Political Reform Act

Head of California's lead political watchdog agency shares why the political ethics law is in need of modernization. Read More

Political Reform Act webinar set for this week

FPPC and CA Fwd will share info on project to make the law simpler to understand and enforce Read More

Modernization of California’s landmark Political Reform Act announced

Project to update California’s venerable political ethics law for the 21st century has kicked off and will include public webinar and input phases Read More

VIDEO: School officials and equity groups team up to close achievement gap

Coalition of school districts and education equity organizations came together to find common ground. Read More

California workforce training gets $200 million boost from budget

State budget passage means community college CTE programs will get a much needed upgrade on how the colleges train to meet demands.  Read More

In 2016 elections, progress for women running for office remains mixed

While wins at the top of the ticket are evident, the news in other state and local races is more complicated. Read More

How the Top Two primary is changing California

Observers of California politics reflect on the electoral reform, which resulted in 23 state races with candidates from the same party facing off in November.  Read More

California voters approve Prop 50 with more reform measures on horizon

Ballot initiative wins overwhelming approval from voters; proposals to boost transparency in the Legislature move forward Read More

To supporters, Prop 50 is small but correct step in good government direction

Measure before voters on June 7 primary ballot seeks to allow Legislature to suspend its members without pay Read More

After unlikely climb to lead UPS operations, exec shares concern about California’s skills gap

California needs to produce more middle-skill workers says Noel Massie who worked his way up from part-time truck loader to operations manager for U.S. Read More

VIDEO: Why care about how California pays for elections?

Solving state-local tension over funding elections is key to reducing costs, improving the voter experience and modernizing aging voting technology. Read More

New programs launched to help California foster youth succeed in school

Foster youth achievement in school, from K-12 to college, is challenged by instability, housing and healthcare issues. Read More

Government transparency initiative closer to landing on California’s November ballot

Measure would update California's Constitution to help prevent last-minute gut-and-amend practice by state legislators. Read More

California needs to think long-term after extra election funding approved

California is correctly addressing perfect storm of competitive presidential primary and glut of November ballot measures. Read More

California halfway to next round of redistricting

Many Californians and election officials already looking ahead to the state's next redrawing of election districts, scheduled for 2021.  Read More

Website lets Californians explore the costs of running an election

Association of county election officials launches website that dives into statewide database of how much an election costs, from staffing polling places to printing ballots. Read More

California seeking Chief Data Officer

Candidate will face challenge of boosting access and quality of government data, while dealing with how to share with a public skeptical of government.  Read More

­Senator Feinstein Joins California Economic Summit

Organized by CA Fwd and the California Stewardship Network, Summit will gather for the fifth annual statewide meeting in Sacramento in December. Read More

VIDEO: What can California learn from high voter turnout states?

CA Fwd talks to election leaders from states with high voter turnout rates, Colorado and Oregon. Read More

VIDEO: California’s housing shortage on Assembly Speaker Rendon’s radar

New Assembly leader confident of housing deal in Legislature this year.  Read More

CA Fwd’s Sunshine Week Progress Report

During the week encouraging open government, CA Fwd reviews this year's work to catalyze increased transparency and trust in government. Read More

SB 1349 Cal-Access bill is another step forward in California’s political reform era

Bill would authorize the replacement of the antiquated technology behind California's campaign finance reporting and disclosure system. Read More

VIDEO: Storage a key part of California water solutions says new Speaker Rendon

Water bond author and SoCal Assemblymember talks infrastructure priorities in state's water system.  Read More

VIDEO: New Speaker Rendon says California needs to do more to address workforce problem

Southern California Assemblymember says California should move faster to close workforce skills gap. Read More

VIDEO: When will voters get to cast their ballot online?

Despite the many ways we transact business online, elections leaders say there are still significant hurdles to get over before voting online becomes reality. Read More

VIDEO: New Speaker Rendon touts the need for public trust in water spending

Having gathered public input for a $7.5 billion water bond--and serving a district where several former local officials are serving jail terms--Assemblymember Anthony Rendon understands skepticism in government spending. Read More

VIDEO: California’s new Assembly Speaker sees benefit of recent democracy reforms

Anthony Rendon talks to CA Fwd about top priorities after he takes Speaker's chair next week. Read More

Elections leaders tout voter turnout and access reforms at Los Angeles gathering

Secretaries of State from high turnout states shared how they've worked to increase participation and California officials talked about boosting access and addressing barriers to voting. Read More

Is it time California looks at how we pay for our elections?

Rising costs and aging voting systems will affect the future of California elections, the topic of a gathering of election officials this week. Read More

How civic engagement can help improve voter participation

How to motivate California's diverse electorate to participate in elections a major topic at Future of California Elections Conference happening this week. Read More

Opinion: California’s Prop 50—Another step toward restoring public trust

Giving lawmakers the ability to suspend members without pay is a commonsense step toward holding themselves accountable. Read More

CA Fwd: Say Yes to Legislative Transparency

Proposed ballot measure requires bills be available for three days before a final vote and all legislative hearings be posted online. Read More

Environmental symposium to tackle California land use, water and CEQA

Planning and Conservation League meeting looks to stimulate conversation about three challenges vital to California.  Read More

Conference to spotlight efforts to modernize California’s elections and boost turnout

At upcoming gathering, election officials will tackle state's low voter participation and fundamentals like adequately paying for elections.  Read More

Paying for California’s elections remains big concern among registrars

Counties face many challenges including inadequate funding while efforts to boost turnout could increase costs Read More

California Housing Shortage Getting More Attention

California's housing shortage is getting more attention as supply falls far below the demand. Read More

California Economic Summit on Community College Chancellor Search

The California Economic Summit Workforce and Advancing Manufacturing teams urge President Geoffrey Baum and Vice President Cecilia Estolano to select a Chancellor committed to accelerating the alignment between employers and educational and training institutions to improve meeting workforce needs while benefiting students and their families. Read More

VIDEO: How California can make it easier to do business

Assemblymember talks about how streamlining regulations could help boost economic outcomes for all Californians Read More

Increasing Voter Turnout Is Not Simple

On Thursday night, the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials (CACEO) and UCLA sponsored a discussion on California's voter turnout and the utilization of technology to increase turnout.  Read More

State Controller Betty Yee to California’s regions: ‘Talk to us”

Yee: Paying for California's future and fixing its problems will need more collaboration instead of fighting over pieces of the budget year after year. Read More

VIDEO: Local control of Ontario Airport could mean more Inland Empire jobs

As final agreement handing control of the airport to a local authority is wrapped up, we asked a local Assemblymember what the transfer means for jobs. Read More

VIDEO: California’s 2016 voter turnout in elections chief Alex Padilla’s sights

Now that California's motor voter registration law was approved, CA Fwd asks the Secretary of State how to actually get more voters to vote.  Read More

Ever Forward: CA Fwd’s 2015 Year in Review

Look back at a productive year for California Forward in its goal to make the California Dream more attainable for all.  Read More

VIDEO: CSU Chancellor on how California’s higher education is an economic priority

Chancellor White lays out how California higher education can support businesses and vice versa. Read More

State Assembly to tackle improving civic participation

State committee will explore boosting civic engagement which is more than just voting. Read More

VIDEO: Californians take action at 2015 Economic Summit

Hear what people said about CA Fwd's Economic Summit and how it's working toward the goal of shared prosperity for all Californians. Read More

Attendees give California Economic Summit big thumbs up

88 percent percent of those surveyed said they made a commitment at the Summit to help advance one of the One Million Challenges over the next year. Read More

California Economic Summit sets bold goals for year ahead

Presented by CA Fwd, the fourth statewide gathering focused on regional, sustainable growth addressed three major challenges: Water, Workforce and Housing.  Read More

Legislative wrap-up: California housing solution is under construction

Taking stock of the Legislative session for results and wins for California Forward that spur community investment in housing and infrastructure. Read More

California makes it easier to register to vote—but will more people cast a ballot?

Governor signs bill to automatically register eligible Californians who visit the DMV but more election reform work is needed to ensure there's a turnout turnaround.  Read More

Help Wanted: More California women needed to run for public office

Report: While city councils have increased representation by women, the number of women in the California Legislature is down.  Read More

VIDEO: California’s middle ground region hosts bipartisan conversation

Event in Clovis in the Central Valley will feature Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and others talking about public budgets, schools, jobs and how to engage residents.  Read More

VIDEO: Bipartisan Conversation coming to Clovis in the Central Valley

Money, Schools, Jobs & You event moves the critical discussion about getting involved in California's biggest challenges to the Central Valley. Read More

Registering to vote is only half the battle

Important efforts to get more people registered to vote are one part of a larger public policy issue with elections in California. Read More

Election funding grant announced by CA Fwd and James Irvine Foundation

CA Fwd project will explore effective ways California counties and other states secure adequate and sustainable funding for administering elections. Read More

New search tool gives boost to California campaign finance transparency

California Secretary of State launches streamlined way of searching campaign contributions toward state-level candidates and ballot measures.  Read More

California auditor issues report on “improper activities” revealed by whistleblowers

State auditor details investigations into failure to seek competitive bids, failure to increase rental rates, waste of state funds, an improper gift of public funds, and neglect of supervisory duties. Read More

Bipartisan leaders kick off conversation in San Jose on California’s big challenges

Education, the economy, and civic engagement topped the agenda at event in Silicon Valley, where a bipartisan panel looked to kick off a larger movement to boost community involvement in solving the big problems of today.  Read More

Swearengin: California is remarkable but faces challenges

Fresno mayor Ashley Swearengin to take part in bipartisan conversations to discuss education, jobs, civic engagement and fiscal stability in California.  Read More

California lawmakers reflect on effects of top-two primary at upcoming summit

California’s open primary also known as "top-two" to be a featured topic at election reform summit in Sacramento on August 19. Read More

Educator: School reform requires bipartisan cooperation, civic engagement

Education leader talks how upcoming forum tackling schools, the economy, civic engagement and more reflects the need for more bipartisan collaboration to improve the state. Read More

How Government Can Work Even Better—-A Bipartisan View

Former mayor of San Jose and other politically experienced Californians join upcoming open forum on middle class job creation, improving public schools, inspiring more participation in elections and government, and how we spend our money effectively. Read More

Are California top-two primaries transforming state politics?

Study claims California's nonpartisan primary has made elections more competitive and decreased dysfunction in the Legislature.  Read More

California bipartisan conversations will highlight collaboration over confrontation

Events open to the public will feature problem solvers from across the political spectrum engaging with Californians to talk about how we spend our money, how we improve our schools and how we create meaningful jobs. Read More

VIDEO: California’s education reform on right track says international expert

The state's Local Control Funding Formula initiative is taking the right steps and has the right people on board to make a difference in educating California's K-12 students.  Read More

VIDEO: California schools work to improve local control reform plans

California working group of school boards collaborates on how to grapple with the requirements of Local Control Funding Formula education reforms. Read More

Work continues after California budget and election reform victories

California earned a rating bump because of its latest budget, while citizen-led reforms won major victory in U.S. Supreme Court.  Read More

U.S. Supreme Court upholds citizens redistricting

The Supreme Court affirmed the power of Arizona's independent commission to draw congressional boundaries, a decision that protects California's own citizens redistricting reform. Read More

SoCal Latino leaders gather to help schools and cities embrace technology

Elected leaders and school officials came together to discuss cities and districts being left behind by the pace of new technology and how to adapt smartly to boost civic engagement, education outcomes and local economies.  Read More

Poll: Californians say voter turnout a big problem, support election reforms

Survey shows most voters and non-voters open to reforms designed to boost turnout, like sending every registered Californian a vote-by-mail ballot and automatically registering people who utilize DMV. Read More

A Sustainable Los Angeles? That’s the Plan!

City's first Sustainability Officer explains what the "triple bottom line" means when it comes to measuring the plan to improve the quality life of residents.  Read More

California’s political reforms are working

Latest special election in district with political makeup similar to the entire state shows how California's top-two primary is an incentive for less partisan politics. Read More

Voice of California labor adds perspective to skills gap task force

Boosting CTE funding and creating more work-based learning at community colleges are two recommendations from John Brauer of California Labor Federation, member of California Community Colleges' workforce Task Force.  Read More

Group of reform-minded California schools measuring more than test scores

10 districts reviewing a wider range of metrics in quest to improve academic performance, including chronic absenteeism, how students, teachers and parents view their school, suspension and expulsion rates Read More

CSU San Bernardino lands innovation award for boosting Inland Empire college-readiness

Local universities work together to get Inland Empire high schoolers ready for college and increase the number of degrees earned across the two counties. Read More

The Santa Ana Partnership creates winning formula for student success

Award for innovation in higher ed goes to Santa Ana College's rigorous regional collaborative to maximize student success from high school into college Read More

VIDEO: Workforce Town Halls brainstorm ideas to take on skills gap problem

Employers made their voices heard during regional town halls; now Community Colleges' Workforce Task Force will work together on making recommendations for building up the state's workforce Read More

California honors program to create more college-ready students in Long Beach

Long Beach City College and local partners win California grant award for initiative to boost graduation and transfer rates Read More

Shasta College gives high schoolers head start in earning degree

Program assists high school students with earning college units and speeding up degree attainment at a lower cost Read More

California State University Monterey Bay is double winner in innovation

School received two awards for programs to boost STEM programs and shortening graduation timeline, as part of Innovation in Higher Education competition Read More

California college campuses awarded $50 million in innovation prize competition

Programs that boosted student success in getting degrees and transferring won piece of grant money funding Read More

CA Fwd summit to boost government transparency opens with news of Assembly open data bill

Summit on Data to promote open governance and civic data tech opens with news of bill to create chief data officer for California Read More

CA Fwd and Assembly mark Sunshine Week celebration of open data

State Assembly passes Sunshine Week resolution and CA Fwd will host open data gathering in Sacramento this week Read More

VIDEO: Showcase shines light on innovation in California higher ed

Event presented ideas from a group of 52 college campuses competing for a piece of a $50 million grant program for innovation in higher education success. Read More

California Innovation in Higher Education Showcase highlights student success to full house

Applicants to a $50 million grant fund presented today in Sacramento innovative ideas to boost higher ed outcomes Read More

Millennial Californians counting on more access and innovation in higher ed

Group fighting for younger generations excited for upcoming showcase of ideas to improve higher education quality and affordability. Read More

Innovation in higher education must benefit students

Student rep seeking more help for students navigating college systems will be featured at higher ed innovation event. Read More

Q&A: Business takes interest in bridging gap with higher ed through innovation awards

SF Chamber president argues why industry and higher ed must bridge gap between them Read More

Showcase for innovation awards in higher education hits capacity

Programs that improve outcomes in higher education to be showcased at event in Sacramento, for chance to be awarded part of $50 million to fund the ideas. Read More

Robust response to California Higher Education Innovation Awards

California has a growing shortage of skilled workers for major regional industry sectors and needs to better prepare people for in-demand and/or high growth jobs in major industry sectors Read More

Governor Brown: Once More with Gusto?

Jerry Brown now has the unique distinction of being the youngest and the oldest man ever elected governor of California. At the start of his historic fourth term, there is still much to be done Read More

Year in Review: 2014 was good, but 2015 can be even better

As he looked back on 2014, CA Fwd CEO Jim Mayer saw progress in each of the organization's priorities Read More

Year in Review: LCFF and CA Fwd’s partnership with CSBA

CSBA and CA Fwd are convening a statewide LCFF collaborative working group of 17 school districts and county offices of education to determine best practices to fit any size county or office of education Read More

VIDEO: California Community Colleges create task force on jobs

The 24 member group is charged with developing policies to prepare more students for existing high value jobs and to promote job creation with workforce training. Read More

Another California election, another story about low turnout

California held a statewide election on Tuesday, but more than two-thirds of voters missed the memo. Initial vote tallies reveal a paltry 30 percent of registered voters bothered to cast a ballot. Read More

Two bills addressing election efficiency and transparency signed into law

Governor Brown has signed two bills that that are important steps toward continuing the restoration of public trust in government by increasing transparency and overall confidence in the electoral process Read More

Do you accept the California Water Challenge?

Nonprofit group creates an online game that lets Californians learn about the state's daunting water challenge and then make some tough decisions about water policy. Read More

Californians will save water, but will they vote?

"CA Fwd will be listening closely to the candidates to see how they plan to reverse the troubling trend of declining voter participation, how they will energize efforts to modernize Cal Access, and how they will ensure VoteCal implementation is timely with appropriate stakeholder involvement to make a system that will last," said Jim Mayer, President and CEO of CA Fwd.  Read More

California film and TV tax credits heading to Hollywood ending?

The entertainment industry, which has been perceived statewide as largely a Los Angeles-based industry, will send its production anywhere Read More

California Legislature sending the wrong message by blocking SCA 17

The California Legislature missed a couple of opportunities this month to help restore the public’s trust in government Read More

Summit Capitol Day takes stage today in Sacramento

A full day of action highlights water, housing, infrastructure and workforce issues and their relationship to restoring luster to California's recovering economy Read More

VIDEO: California’s Hmong find their voice in politics

How a young woman, the daughter of Hmong refugee parents, became inspired to inform and activate her community. Read More

Watching two issues vital to California prosperity: manufacturing and water

Effects of drought and manufacturing on the California economy get a status update. Read More

VIDEO: Californians seek greater transparency in local school funding

Hundreds of Californians attended the State Board of Education meeting in Sacramento last week to encourage more flexibility and transparency in the process. Read More

Groups weigh in on school local control ahead of key education board meeting

Board adopts permanent regulations on local control funding formula plans created across the state. Read More

California’s top-two primary still making news

The jungle primary has created a number of competitive elections but the low voter turnout needs attention as well.  Read More

Progress report on California’s efforts to restore trust in government

While the legislature has taken some positive steps after three senators were indicted, CA Fwd pointedly challenged the lawmakers to do more. Where the effort stands today: Read More

June California primary could set record for lowest turnout ever

If California Chrome was running in California's June primary election instead of the Belmont Stakes, our election turnout would improve dramatically on June 3. But he's not. Read More

California Secretary of State candidates on modernizing Cal-Access

We asked the seven candidates for California Secretary of State to tell us how and when they would modernize Cal-Access, the state's outdated campaign finance and lobbying database Read More

VIDEO: Panetta comments on balancing money’s role in politics

When California Forward conducted a recent survey on our ideas to restore trust in government, it asked an open ended question: What else do you feel is necessary for achieving this goal? Read More

VIDEO: California Rainy Day Fund—an idea whose time has come

The California Legislature has convened the special session called by Governor Brown to consider a revised Rainy Day Fund. The action signals the beginning of what many believe is a long overdue public discussion. Read More

VIDEO: Leon Panetta says young people are our strength and future

Panetta told current California Forward co-chair Lenny Mendonca in a recent video interview that his own call to service was inspired by his immigrant parents, serving in the military and John Kennedy's call to young people in the early 1960s Read More

California ballot initiatives—keep them but fix them

California Forward, the League of Women of Voters of California and dozens of others civic groups have been meeting over the past year sharing opinions and ideas for changes in the initiative process. Read More

California special session called for Rainy Day Fund

“We simply must prevent the massive deficits of the last decade and we can only do that by paying down our debts and creating a solid Rainy Day Fund,” said Gov. Brown.  Read More

VIDEO: Leon Panetta’s recipe for good governance is to remember who you work for

In this first video of a series, Panetta drew on his early days in public service when asked about how state legislators should be serving their constituents. Panetta's own political life reflects the importance of bi-partisanship in doing the "people's work,” be it in Sacramento or in Washington D.C.  Read More

CA Fwd to Legislators: Act now to restore public trust in government

When State Senators get arrested, indicted and convicted, as a trio has in California this calendar year, it shakes the public's confidence in our government. CA Fwd has a plan to restore that trust. Read More

Q&A: Dr. Yasmin Davidds on the strengths of Latina businesswomen

Recently in Los Angeles, in conjunction with the California Economic Summit, a group of Latina business and organizational leaders convened, each with their own story to tell. Read More

REPORT: Rebooting Campaign Finance Disclosure in California

Simply put, Californians want to know who is paying for campaigns and influencing our elected officials. That’s why on this first work day of Sunshine Week, CA Fwd has released a report on the topic called “Rebooting Campaign Finance Disclosure”. Read More

California Secretary of State candidates mix it up for the first time

Fact: the most interesting race on this year’s state ballot is for California Secretary of State. It is both hotly contested and full of issues that California Forward and other good government organizations believe are very important. Read More

VIDEO: California Secretary of State candidates on low voter participation

We thought it might be interesting to hear some comments from each of the candidates on why we've lagged and how we can improve voter participation.  Read More

Can California be optimistic and pessimistic at the same time?

Unaffiliated voters apparently don't vote as much as Democrats and Republicans. So we have less NPPs and less young people heading to the polls, which doesn’t bode well for how representative elected officials actually are of the people they represent. Read More

Futures Conference presents vision for a reformed California

At Fullerton College in Orange County, a community college that is celebrating its first 100 years, the theme was to look to the future in business, education, science, technology and government.  Read More

New effort for Latino electeds launched in California

There are 14 million Latinos in the state and the Center's vision says that the development of a strong Latino middle class is vital to California's economic stability.  Read More

The Economic Summit nears, job creation improving?

How can we create more middle class jobs and maintain California’s economic competitiveness? Read More

SB 360: A ticket to the 21st century for California voting machines

County voting systems in California are aging rapidly and the process for approving voting systems is doing little to help certify new innovative systems or to spur new approaches to voting system development. Read More

Open Data conference in Berkeley attracting world wide audience

The Open Data topic will get a full hearing on September 12 at UC Berkeley as a full day exploring the importance that open data can have on improving governance Read More

This Week in Realignment: July 26, 2013

Do you know where a big part of correction spending comes from? Health care. When the state or county imprisons someone they also take on the responsibility of their health care costs. The coming implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may help ease some of the state and county burden in this area.  Read More

California infrastructure—the next California budget challenge?

Infrastructure could very well be the state's next big budget challenge. To meet the needs of a growing population, California must invest more than $750 billion in public works over the next ten years.  Read More

California manufacturing—it’s better than you think

California has more manufacturing jobs than anyone else, and new legislation is intended to keep it that way.  Read More

Washington state bridge collapse brings attention to California’s infrastructure

It will take $300 billion to get existing transportation infrastructure up-to-date and to meet our future needs Read More

New report sheds light on Latino voting trends

More Latinos are registered to vote in California and they are less likely to be Democrats than in years past. However, most eligible Latinos don't vote.  Read More

California voter registration gets a shot in the arm

Secretary of State Debra Bowen has designated the state's new Health Benefit Exchange, Covered California, as a voter registration agency under the National Voters Registration Act (NVRA) Read More

California voting participation numbers are bad—is help on the way?

We are near the bottom in both voter registration and voter participation. The state has less than two-thirds (65.6 percent) of our voting age citizen population registered, which ranks 45th. Read More

CA Fwd’s Fred Silva receives lifetime achievement award

Fred Silva is the recipient of the Sacramento American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Ross Clayton Lifetime Achievement Award Read More

Panetta joins California Economic Summit

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has signed on to serve as Honorary Co-Chair of the California Economic Summit, scheduled for November 7-8 in Los Angeles. Read More

Is the state Medical Board doing enough?

Wouldn't you like to know if your doctor is qualified, licensed and generally up to snuff? Read More

Building the new voting machine of the future—right here in California

It's in L.A. where County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan is leading an effort to modernize and streamline the voting system for the County.  Read More

Getting Californians out to vote easier said than done

California ranks near the bottom of states for voter participation. The people who run elections in the state's 58 counties are working hard to improve the number of people who register and who vote. Read More

Transparency in California treading toward more openness?

Sunshine Week has been a catalyst behind the case for more transparent state elections. Read More

The State of Transparency in California: 2013

California Forward Wednesday released the State of Transparency in California, an analysis which explores the core issues of governmental accountability and transparency in the Golden State. Read More

Compton School Board urges parents to take part in policy making

The head of the Compton PTA thinks this idea is a key to more parental involvement.  Read More

Education program for tomorrow’s voters now available

We know what you’re thinking. Didn’t we just have an election? Yes, we did. But in some parts of California, another election already looms.  Read More

Video: Improving the Millennial vote in California

We've all heard it before. We've maybe even said it. "Young people don't vote." With today’s Millennial Generation, however, you might quote the old Hertz commercial and say, “Not Exactly." Read More

Video: Asian American vote in California increasing in importance

Would it surprise you to know that 10 percent of the registered voters in California are Asian Americans? In fact, the Asian American population is the fastest growing racial group in the state. Read More

Video: U.S. Latino vote growing but potential impact is greater

Latinos made up 10 percent of the electorate in 2012, up from 9 percent in 2008 and 8 percent in 2004. Population and voting experts tell us that upward trend of Latino voters will continue. Read More

Realignment—What’s the Real Story?

It was another busy week in the world of public safety realignment in California as the implementation of historic legislation that has helped enable California to close the revolving door of low-level inmates cycling in and out of state prisons continues. Read More

Los Angeles County working to modernize voting machines

A group called Verified Voting works to make sure that not only do people have the ability to vote but that it is properly counted when they do. They are currently working with Los Angeles on a widescale upgrade to voting technology. Read More

Video: California bill requires all legislation to be in print three days

Sen. Lois Wolk explains the nuts and bolts of a bill she just introduced yesterday aimed at increasing transparency in the California Legislature Read More

Lenny Mendonca elected new co-chair of California Forward Leadership Council

Mendonca, a senior partner at McKinsey and Company in San Francisco, joins Thomas McKernan, Chairman of AAA Southern California, in leading the bipartisan government reform organization. Read More

Will 2013 be the year California tackles its water problems?

As we look forward to 2013, expect that the state's water infrastructure again comes up for major discussion. Governor Brown, who has called water one of California's four chronic issues, has promised to address the issue. Read More

How will CEQA changes modernize the California economy?

As we approach year's end, the news about the California economy is less gloomy than it was a year ago. A look at some recent reporting shows a mixed bag, but with the trends in the right direction. Read More

The effect of California’s high youth unemployment on the economy

A recent report indicates that the urgent problem of high youth unemployment exists because there is a disconnect among employers, educators and youth. Read More

LAO chronicles 40 years of California state vs local governance

For those who pay attention to the governance issues in California, the fiscal tension that exists between Sacramento and our local governments is a long standing problem that needs to be repaired sooner rather than later. Read More

How much did the Top Two Primary change California elections?

What impact is California’s new Top Two Primary law really going to have on California politics? It’s a question that will be better answered after Tuesday’s election, but there’s no doubt it has changed the political landscape of California.  Read More

California voter registration en route to a record

Over 1 million Californians filed voter applications online this fall and over 380,000 of them have already been qualified. All told nearly 700,000 Californians registered to vote in the 45 days leading up to the October 22nd deadline. Read More

The realignment story in California is still being written

"The hard truth is, despite what you hear from many people on both sides of the argument, we just don't know yet," Sharon Aungst, director of California Forward's Partnership for Community Excellence told the Association for Criminal Justice Research in California.  Read More

California schools refining curriculae to meet local job demands

What is becoming more apparent nationally and statewide is the skills gap that exists between available jobs and workers to fill them. And it's the Community Colleges that are trying to leap into that breach and improve our workforce training in the country. Read More

California economy: Timber industry getting back on its feet

California’s beleaguered timber industry has had some good news recently. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this week enacting a new consumer tax on lumber sales. Read More

What’s the real story on California Realignment?

Recently, there has been a flurry of media activity aimed at assessing whether California Realignment is making any real progress. We think that for the most part, the media are getting it wrong. Read More

California Legislature shouldn’t rush to judgment

It's the last week of the two year Legislative session and final action on non-urgency bills must take place by midnight on August 31 Read More

California Realignment: Pace quickens for now

Recidivism is down and more inmates are reporting to the probation officers than before, but some county officials bristle at having so many offenders "dumped" into their laps without enough time to plan or react.  Read More

Hey Governor Romney, things may not be as they seem in California

The image of California's economy is drawing comparisons to Greece. The reality is...we're growing Read More