Selected Blog Posts

CA Fwd Radio Show: Inland Empire faces its economic challenges

California’s economy has struggled to find solid footing, and even as we see positive sparks, we find that the state budget approved in June is now nearly $1.3 billion under-funded. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts

Participation, performance and accountability: A reasonable approach to governing California

As the state continues to struggle with chronic budget shortfalls and a sluggish economy, Californians are overwhelmed by a plethora of political solutions. These “solutions” do little to either restore faith in government or that can -- or will -- address the issues at hand; namely, greater accountability at all levels of government and improved outcomes of critical public programs that most directly impact performance, prosperity and productivity. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts

Local government CA’s best hope to ensure accountability & results

Californians have been clear – they want their governments to be more accountable and perform more effectively. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts

Critical initiative focuses government on results

California once again finds itself in the vortex of a leadership vacuum. Public trust and confidence in government are at record lows – as is our performance in critical areas that matter most to Californians: education, job creation, and public safety. To fix our state, we must revamp how budgets and policy decisions are made and implemented and how leaders are kept accountable.  Read More

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

Fiscal reforms sacrificed in same old story

In today's Sacramento Bee, former Fresno Mayor Alan Autry takes a closer look at some of the substantive and reformative bills that did not make it off the governor's desk, including SB 14, which would have helped stabilize the fiscal process, hold lawmakers accountable to the people they serve, and restore some trust in government. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund

San Joaquin partnership elevates region

The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley chose a single-word theme for last week’s summit: “Elevate.” In one sense, the word reflects progress in improving the region's quality of life. In another, it meant more hard work lies ahead to lift the Valley's fortunes. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Restructuring

Landmark CA reform turns 100

No birthday candles or cake, but there were a few fireworks at the 100th Anniversary Celebration of California’s Initiative & Referendum hosted by the Citizens in Charge Foundation and co-sponsored by California Forward and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.  Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement

Americans place their trust in local governments

Shrinking budgets and bipartisan politics have not shaken the trust Americans have in local governments--finds a recent Gallup Poll. However, in western states such as California, that trust is a little less bulletproof. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement, Restructuring

Involving young people can lead to more vibrant communities

Youth leaders stole the show at the July 14 launch of the Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions study, which focused on how youth involvement and engagement brought positive results to the communities of West Sacramento, Yuba City/Marysville and Sacramento,. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement

Governor could improve voters’ trust in government

Gov. Jerry Brown says he has 600 bills on his desk, but many he will not sign because "there's not 600 problems that we need those solutions for." We suggest he locate and sign two bills, SB14 and SB15, that help solve two of his biggest problems: the annual budget mess and the lack of public trust in Sacramento's leadership, which voters say are closely linked. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Leadership Council, Selected Blog Posts, Accountability

Lively discussion marks 100th anniversary of CA direct democracy

We are rapidly approaching the 100 year anniversary of the California initiative process, an occasion celebrated by some and scorned by others. The centennial of the Golden State’s system of direct democracy is provoking many to rethink this process and consider whether it needs an upgrade. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, School Governance

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

On the brink of historic change: Realignment and the corrections system

California is about to embark on far-reaching changes in the way it manages adult prisons and jails, and the PPIC takes a closer look at how this will impact county and city governments. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Restructuring

A call to bring civics education back to CA schools

Civic education has eroded in California schools, and the results are clear and discouraging. It’s fair to say that California’s current budgetary and governance woes can be directly traced to our naïve reliance on an uninformed, or sometimes ill-informed, electorate. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement

Forward thinking superintendent’s quiet sacrifice greeted with loud cheers

When Fresno County Schools Superintendent Larry Powell quietly decided to take a pay cut that saves government more than $800,000, he didn't foresee that the idea would be greeted nationwide with accolades and applause. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Forward Thinkers, Transparency

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

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

New CA district maps released after grueling but transparent process

Today the California Citizens Redistricting Commission made history by releasing its final draft maps for the state’s Assembly, Senate, Board of Equalization and Congressional districts. The new maps come after months of commentary, research, and public hearings all over the state. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Redistricting

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