Community Services

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

Categories: Community Services, Restructuring, Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Elections

Mentoring program offers Kern County offenders a pathway away from jail

Promising partnership with county and nonprofit having impact on high rate of return to jail by the formerly incarcerated. Read More

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

San Diego job center uses employment to prevent a return behind bars

Participants in reentry program receive workshops, employment services, even the loan of business attire. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment

Report: New thinking needed to break cycle of incarceration of mentally ill populations

Rate of serious mental illness in prison populations shown to be two to four times higher than the community populations Read More

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

Riverside Supervisors adopt criminal justice reform recommendations by CA Fwd and partners

Partnership with County will use data to drive creation of cost-effective solutions to reduce the need for incarceration. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment

Report: Reforming felony threshold for theft would not increase crime rates

New data shows that states could likely reduce costs of incarceration without a negative impact on crime. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment

VIDEO: Innovative program shows way to graduation, not incarceration

Partnership with community college helps formerly incarcerated students with housing and support to succeed and not return to jail. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment, Crime

Sentencing Reform and Redemption, California Style

In correcting a mistake with sentencing reform, Governor Brown's move could open the door to create cost-effective, smart and humane criminal justice strategies in California. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Restructuring

How culture shift and data redefined probation success in Riverside County

Focusing on results and data helped staff rethink about what their department could do to lessen the burden on the jails. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment

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

Categories: California Economic Summit, Community Services, School Governance, Education

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

Categories: California Economic Summit, Community Services, Democracy, Fiscal Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Education, Elections, LCFF, Transparency

CA Fwd and Riverside County put data to work on jail overcrowding

The county probation department successfully used data analysis to create a 25 percent reduction in probation violations since spring of 2014. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment

Education working group CSBA/CA Fwd Collaborative garners statewide attention

Collaboration of school districts and education leaders presents year of promising practices implementing California's Local Control Funding Formula schools reform.  Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Local Control Funding Formula, Education, LCFF

Putting More “Community” into Community Colleges

Smart and steady reform effort needs to be sustained – and replicated to help government adapt to a rapidly changing California. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Governance Reform, Economy, Regional Economies, Government, Education, Governance Reform

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

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Economy, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections

Bipartisan approach to educational success must focus on “whole student”

Bonnie Mace, member of the Evergreen School Board and participant of California Forward's Bipartisan Conversation in San Jose outlines the five most important actions we can take to ensure the education system leads to success. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Education

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

Categories: Community Services, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Economy, Creating Jobs, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, State Budget, Transparency

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

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Economy, Creating Jobs, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, State Budget

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

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Economy, Creating Jobs, Government, Accountability, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, Governance Reform, State Budget

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

Categories: Community Services, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Economy, Creating Jobs, Smart Investment, Californians, Government, Accountability, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, Infrastructure, Redistricting, State Budget, Tax Reform, Transparency

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