What did we learn from National Voter Registration Day in California?

A full six weeks before November 6 hits, this Tuesday was designated National Voter Registration Day. National organizations that have been perennial advocates such as Rock The Vote down to many, many state and local organizations joined hands in mobilizing Californians to register. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Californians, Government

Election day registration signed into California law by Gov. Brown

Assembly Bill 1436, by Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles), which passed out of both houses along party-line votes earlier this year, will allow eligible California voters to register and vote up to and on Election Day. Currently, voter registration forms must be postmarked 15 days prior to any election.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Californians

Online voter registration a reality today in California

California is making the foray into the world of online voter registration. It's not voting...but it's a definite step in the right direction and will absolutely remove barriers for many to participate in the democratic process Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Californians, Government

Californians tackle major issues at the Reviving CA Community Summit in Silicon Valley

On Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, people from all walks of life came together to help find ways to reinvigorate the State of California. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Selected Blog Posts, Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement, Elections, Speak Up CA

Election results bring landscape and climate change to education

In the educational and social justice community, we hope the 2010 election results will bring literal and figurative climate change to Sacramento and California. Key election results present new hopes and opportunities for the communities we represent: low-income families, immigrants, and students of color. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections

Confused voters need a crash course in democracy

The election is over, and what happened? No one has much of an answer, since voters appear to be deeply confused and conflicted about what government means in our lives, especially in California.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Civic Engagement, Elections

Down the ticket: Non-gubernatorial constitutional officer election results

An estimated 9.5 million Californians came out to vote in this week’s election, wading through two front-and-back pages of ballot choices, myriad local measures, and several tight races.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Civic Engagement, Elections

Comprehensive fiscal reform: How long can we wait?

Even with 100 "extra" days to finish their work, the Legislature and Governor fell well short of including comprehensive budget reform in the final 2010 budget. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Budget Reform, Elections, Fiscal Reform Plan

Alex Raksin: The Whitman and Brown debate

The notion that California is the place to “invent the American dream” may have been conjured up by real estate hucksters, but Californians largely accepted this romantic ideal during the 20th Century, thanks not only to the Mamas and the Papas and scores of other Hollywood musicians and movie-makers, but to the Progressive leaders who created a ballot initiative process that gives voters enough clout to act like a Fourth branch of government. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Jerry Brown, Budget Reform, Budget Reform, Elections, Jerry Brown

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