Commentary

Open letter to California’s Next Governor

In an open letter to the gubernatorial candidates, we have asked them to explain where they stand on fiscal reform. We've also developed a set of nonpartisan reforms to help balance the budget, reduce waste, and deliver better results. Read More

Categories: Dear Gov

Profile of a potential commissioner: Melissa Brown

The Citizens Redistricting Commission selection process is approaching the end of a critical stage this week as more than 120 semi-finalists are being interviewed.  Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission

Profile of a potential commissioner: Angelo Ancheta

Angelo Ancheta has been involved in redistricting and civil rights issues for most of his career. A Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission

Profile of a potential commissioner: Kerry Koths

A transplant from Texas, Kerry Koths has lived in California for 25 years. His has worked in various sectors from the oil industry to advertising to construction.  Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission

Profile of a potential commissioner: Sandor X. Mayuga

Mayuga says he aspires to join the Citizens Redistricting Commission to redraw districts that will return California as a leader among states and to meriting the respect and reputation it once had. Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission

CA Hispanic Chambers of Commerce 31st Annual Convention: Made in California

The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) recently held its 31st Annual Convention in Los Angeles.  Read More

Categories: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bob Hertzberg, Speak Up CA, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bob Hertzberg, Speak Up CA

News > Fwd: Week of August 23

Yesterday, in a letter to legislative leaders, State Controller John Chiang, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Director of Finance Ana Matosantos announced they will be deferring $2.5 billion in payments to schools and $400 million to counties. Read More

Categories: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Budget Reform

Weber links regional economies to CA revival

Peter E. Weber, California Forward Leadership Council member and Co-Chair of the Regional Jobs Initiative, talks about regional economies in California. Read More

Categories: Speak Up CA

Op-ed: Require the budget to be for two years

In an opinion piece published today by The Sacramento Bee, Democrat Bob Hertzberg and Republican Mike Genest urge the Legislature to pass comprehensive budget reform modeled after the California Forward 2010 Reform Principles. Read More

Categories: Bob Hertzberg, Fiscal Reform Plan

News < Re: Week of August 16

They're back. We're referring to state worker furloughs, of course. Read More

Categories: Bob Hertzberg, Fiscal Reform Plan, Proposition 14, Redistricting

News < Re: Week of August 9

$2,190,870,000.00 That's the amount in unpaid bills the state will accrue if it does not enact a budget by the end of this month, according to State Controller John Chiang.  Read More

Categories: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Redistricting, Tax Reform

News > Fwd: Week of August 9

With reform-watchers having this Friday the 13th circled on their calendars, all eyes will be on budget talks in the Legislature. Read More

Categories: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Budget Reform

News > Fwd: Week of August 16

Over a month and a half past the constitutional deadline to enact a budget, only $4 billion is separating Republicans and Democrats in their negotiations. Only. Read More

Categories: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Budget Reform

Op-ed: The clock is ticking on reform - but it’s not too late

In an opinion article published today by Capitol Weekly, Leadership Council Co-Chairs Bob Hertzberg and Tom McKernan urge state leaders to coalesce around comprehensive fiscal reform proposals crafted by California Forward.  Read More

Categories: Bob Hertzberg, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Leadership Council, Tom McKernan

Making Better Sense of Government

Wikipedia contributors define quantum mechanics (QM) as “a branch of physics providing a mathematical description of much of the dual particle-like and wave-like behavior and interactions of energy and matter.” It’s true: some concepts are more difficult to comprehend than others.  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Governance Reform

Citizens Redistricting Commission welcomes public engagement

Exciting things are underway in Sacramento in the form of the Applicant Review Panel and its impact on statewide redistricting. Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Civic Engagement, Redistricting, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Civic Engagement, Redistricting

The numbers are in: We’re not voting as much as we used to

Did you vote on June 8? Many Californians stayed away from the polls that day. In fact, that election’s results were decided by less than 1 in 4 eligible voters. And we want to know why that is.  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Elections

Rules no substitute for leadership, but they’re a good complement

Yesterday, California officially entered its third week into the 2010-11 Fiscal Year without a budget. While this is hardly surprising to close watchers of California politics and nowhere even close to the 85 days late which the previous year’s budget was enacted, the inevitable annual delay certainly does little to improve public perception of state leaders. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform Plan, Fred Keeley

Kate Martin: 4-H youth are moving California Forward

The other day I met a group of extremely inspiring young adults from around the state who – after five days in Sacramento learning about state government – now know more about how government works, or should work, than do most Californians. These 4-H members were in Sacramento for their annual California Focus conference and had invited me to tell them about California Forward.  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Governance Reform

Summary Report: South Central Coast Regional Dialogue

View or download the full .pdf of the Summary Report from California Forward's South Central Coast Regional Dialogue, held June 16 in Santa Barbara.  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Speak Up CA

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