Selected Blog Posts

Forward Thinker Yolie Flores steps outside the box to improve LA schools

California Forward has named Yolie Flores a Forward Thinker for her work to reform the dysfunctional LA school system by stepping outside of it to find solutions. Read More

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Transparency the rule in redistricting process that puts voters first

California’s historic citizen redistricting process, which began with voter approval of Proposition 11 in 2008, is nearing its conclusion, after months of public interaction, extensive research, comprehensive study, and citizen input. Now, for the first time in the history of our state, we will have maps drawn in an open and transparent manner, with full input of Californians and without the gerrymandering that has led our state to the pinnacle of special interest influence and extreme partisanship. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Redistricting

Citizen involvement critical in challenging times

As a transplanted Minnesotan, I have considered it a privilege to live in what I thought was the Golden State, a place of rich diversity, inspiring creativity and incredible beauty. However, as I have lived in the San Joaquin Valley, I have been shocked to find levels of poverty mirroring the Third World and a California culture so fragmented I had to wonder if the principles laid out in the founding documents made it to the West Coast.  Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement

Forward Thinker Jon Nachison creates community to support veterans

California Forward has named Jon Nachison a Forward Thinker for his work to support and better the lives of U.S. veterans who have trouble finding stable footing when they return from the war zone.  Read More

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LA mid-year economic forecast shows modest recovery

A mid-year economic forecast from the LA Economic Development Corporation shows a moderate recovery for the region, but other California regional economies are still struggling. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, State Budget, Civic Engagement

CA voters favor early release of nonviolent offenders and part-time legislature

A new poll finds that most California voters would rather see some prisoners receive shorter sentences than raise taxes or cut education to pay prison-related costs. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Transparency

CA Fwd Policy Consultant John Maltbie testifies on performance-based budgeting

John Maltbie appeared before a California Assembly budget subcommittee last week to discuss the merits of performance-based budgeting, including measuring whether programs are working and signaling when adjustments need to be made. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform

Commission praised for transparency and encouraged to hear all voices

The first round of California’s new political maps have been unveiled, and many organizations involved in helping ensure the commission made it through legislative and other hurdles are pleased with its painstaking efforts to be transparent and thorough, but concerned that not all communities are having their voices heard. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Redistricting

Commission Frustrated By Lack of Detailed Redistricting Maps

At Oakland's Laney College last week, the CA Citizens Redistricting Commission aimed to get down to the nitty gritty of precisely where political lines should be placed, by giving several organizations the opportunity to share their maps. Read More

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Californians brainstorm state’s political issues

It's hardly news that Californians are frustrated with politics as usual. The budget is billions of dollars out of balance and invariably comes together late, with duct tape and deferral of the real problems. Sixty percent of Californians say the state is headed in the wrong direction. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Governance Reform

Californians brainstorm state’s political issues

It's hardly news that Californians are frustrated with politics as usual. The budget is billions of dollars out of balance and invariably comes together late, with duct tape and deferral of the real problems. Sixty percent of Californians say the state is headed in the wrong direction. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform

A peek behind the scenes: CA Fwd at the SF Chronicle editorial board

One of the ways newspapers learn more about major issues and complex subjects - in an effort to better serve readers - is by engaging in an in-depth informal conversation with people who are working hard on that subject or issue. This is the editorial board.  Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Transparency

Skepticism and support abound at SF regional roundtable

A lively, engaged, passionate group of people from government, nonprofits, and education sat down together in San Francisco last week to delve into the pros and cons of restructuring California’s broken governance system. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Restructuring, Stakeholder Roundtables

Forward Thinker Hyepin Im works to ensure that communities are connected

CA Fwd has named Hyepin Im, founder of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD),a Forward Thinker for her work building bridges between immigrant communities with policymakers, opinion leaders and companies that may impact them.  Read More

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Silicon Valley leaders support realignment of state and local governments

At the Silicon Valley regional roundtable, many leaders agreed it’s crucial to transfer power to local governments. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Restructuring, Stakeholder Roundtables

First 5 speaks out against “band-aid” budgeting

Gov. Jerry Brown claims to be a strong proponent of realigning state government to give counties more control. However, his actions don’t always support his words Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Restructuring, State Budget

At Downtown LA roundtable, participants concerned about oversimplification

At last week’s regional roundtable in Downtown LA, participants expressed support for the Smart Government Framework, but warned that they would need to see more specifics about how areas like education are handled.  Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Stakeholder Roundtables, Restructuring

We asked, and you answered: Landslide of comments on Framework survey

Nearly 150 of you shared your thoughts on the Smart Government Framework‘s priorities within hours after we released the poll results on Tuesday, letting us know which of the “Five Outcomes” for our state (better education, increased employment, decreased poverty, improved health, decreased crime) that you would prioritize and why.  Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Restructuring

Questions of equity and other pitfalls at Central Valley Roundtable

The Regional Stakeholder Roundtable in Selma on May 17 attracted dozens of Central Valley business and community leaders who offered spirited feedback on California Forward's proposed Smart Government framework to fix the state. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Restructuring, Stakeholder Roundtables

South LA roundtable focuses on how best to get local agencies to work together

At the CA Fwd regional roundtable in South LA on Monday, attendees were open to the ideas outlined in the Smart Government Framework, but skeptical when it came to how to share resources and execute the plan. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Restructuring, Stakeholder Roundtables

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