Accountability

AB109 offers significant state prison reform

AB109 is the unassuming name for the single most significant reform in a century to California's prison system and the state's approach to criminal justice. Beginning Oct. 1, anyone convicted of nonviolent, nonsexual and/or non-serious criminal offenses (a.k.a. triple nons) will head to county jail instead of state prison. Anyone up for parole on a similar offense will be supervised by county officials. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Accountability, Transparency, Restructuring

Latest Field Poll another reason to support ‘Smart Government’

California voters remain fed up with their legislature, as seen in the latest Field Poll, which finds that people have little confidence in the body charged with passing laws and budgeting taxpayer dollars. Their support for the governor, however, remains steady. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Selected Blog Posts, Accountability, Transparency, Restructuring

Common sense helps move California forward

Mention of the dysfunctions and malfunctions of California state government prompted chuckles from the audience at The Commonwealth Club on Thursday, at a panel discussion on government openness and accountability. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Accountability, Transparency

What works and what doesn’t? Keeping offenders from committing more crimes

You’ve heard the statistics. California spends more on prisons than higher education. About 11% of the state budget - roughly $8 billion - goes to the penal system yet seven in ten offenders return to prison - the highest level in the nation. Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Accountability, Transparency, Restructuring

Californians put money-talk on hold until waste goes down and trust goes up

It is hard to talk about dysfunction in California government without talking about money. And it is hard everywhere these days to talk about taxes. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Accountability, Transparency, Restructuring

Viewpoints: For government and the people, the time is now

Two cheers to the Legislature and Governor for agreeing on an on-time budget that moved the state’s fiscal crisis off center stage for at least six months. So what are the logical next steps for structural budget or governance reform that can achieve a more responsive, transparent and effective state government? In short – none. That’s right – the time for major structural reform has passed. The time for rolling-up-the-sleeves and delivering-for-the-people is now. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Accountability, Transparency

Removing the blindfold: Why California needs transparency

A recent dispute between Assembly members John Perez and Anthony Portantino highlights a problem that sits at the foundation of California's broken government: a disturbing lack of transparency and accountability. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, State Budget, Accountability, Transparency

Budget making back to the future…..

In an era when more and more Californians are demanding accountability and transparency in government, our budgeting process has slid back into the cloaked era of the past. Read More

Categories: , State Budget, Accountability, Transparency

50-state project to measure corruption risks

The State Accountability Project is an unprecedented effort to create a 50-state ranking of government transparency and accountability. Read More

Categories: , Accountability, Transparency

Budget reform that brings accountability and openness to state government

As California confronts another year of wrenching financial challenges, it is time for state legislators to make good on their pledge to make bold changes to the way our state operates... Read More

Categories: , Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, State Budget, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Budget Reform, State Budget, Transparency

California Forward survey finds voter hope amid gloom

This week California Forward released the results from the first in a series of "California Viewpoints" surveys on Californian's attitudes toward state government, reform, and how... Read More

Categories: , Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform, Leadership Council

Drawing the lines For California

On November 30th, I was sworn in to a 10-year term of service on California’s first-ever Citizens Redistricting Commission. This 8-member body is charged with redrawing ...  Read More

Categories: , Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Transparency

Central Coast Regional Leaders Meeting : Wednesday, June 16

This morning's regional dialogue with a group of civic-minded leaders from across the southern Central Coast is a major milestone for Speak Up for California Read More

Categories: , Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Speak Up CA

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