Transparency

Parting the party lines: How partisan is your legislator?

Modern day politics is built on the idea of partisanship, with legislative candidates creating entire campaigns to tout their strongly liberal or conservative bona fides Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

Los Angeles building case to be most open city in America

Over 1500 people RSVPed to see them unwrap one of the most ambitious undertakings of the young Garcetti administration Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

Keeping Californians in suspense

One process that the California’s legislators use to approve government bills has a shockingly similar list of attributes to suspense movies: the aptly-named Suspense File. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Government

California legislative staff should be given whistleblower protection

One key sector of California public servants has been proactively left out of these common sense protections for those who report waste, fraud, abuse, bribery, and other violations of public trust Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform

CA Fwd and others call on Sacramento to modernize California’s disclosure systems

This week a broad coalition consisting of good government groups, newspaper publishers, and lobbyists came together for one goal: fix Cal-Access and put Form 700s online Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Government, Accountability, Cal-Access, Elections, Governance Reform, Transparency

How to find out what your elected officials are being paid

With Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg recently moving to revoke pay and benefits for suspended Legislature members, it was worth asking: Just how much are these guys making anyways? Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

VIDEO: CACEO to create new election cost database

Democracy isn’t free. Elections cost money and California holds a lot of them. How much exactly? Well you can’t put an accurate price tag on elections. Well, not yet, anyway. But that’s about change. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

California Secretary of State candidates on modernizing Cal-Access

We asked the seven candidates for California Secretary of State to tell us how and when they would modernize Cal-Access, the state's outdated campaign finance and lobbying database Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Cal-Access

VIDEO: Panetta comments on balancing money’s role in politics

When California Forward conducted a recent survey on our ideas to restore trust in government, it asked an open ended question: What else do you feel is necessary for achieving this goal? Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency

Results are in: Surveyed Californians eager for a Path Toward Trust

California Forward will often ask folks what they think on certain issues, but never have we gotten such an overwhelming response, however, than when we sent a simple survey asking people to give us feedback on our Path Toward Trust Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform

Inaugural Summit on Data stresses importance of open data for California

California Forward convened an impressive list of those who care about data most in the Golden State to share thoughts and ideas on the many facets of open data and why it’s more important now than ever. This was the inaugural Summit on Data. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Transparency

California Forward’s statement on the arrest of Senator Leland Yee

Earlier today, California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was arrested on charges of political corruption and bribery tied to a larger sting underway by the FBI. This marks the third (of just 40) sitting California State Senators to face legal troubles in the past year. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Transparency

VIDEO: Opening up California’s data with MapLight’s Jay Costa

CA Fwd talked to California's homegrown technological transparency sleuths to ask about the state of transparency in the Golden State. Read More

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VIDEO: Secretary of State candidates on making California elections more transparent

Want to know what low or no-cost measures the six candidates for California Secretary of State would take, right away, to improve electoral transparency? California Forward asked them.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Transparency

California Legislators regulating themselves with new transparency bills

Last week a series of bills meant to foster greater public trust in government by, among other things, banning gifts from lobbyists, were announced in the California Legislature. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Transparency

Open data on its way to San Diego

Kersey believes San Diego could make open data work in collaboration with the community by tapping into the City’s technology sector.  Read More

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Los Angeles doubles down on open government with Chief Innovation Officer hire

Continuing in a recent trend of embracing innovation and open government, Los Angeles shored up its reputation even more by appointing the city's first Chief Innovation Officer this week Read More

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Government records: what we don’t know will hurt us

The city of San Diego is king when it comes to sunshine. But not all matters in the city are shining so bright. That’s according to one former city official, now the head of Californians Aware.  Read More

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Campaign transparency comes to Oceanside via technological innovation

In July 2012, the California Legislature approved AB 2452, authorizing local jurisdictions to require the filing of campaign statements and reports in electronic formats. Read More

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San Jose invites citizen input on prioritizing city services

From street repairs, fire and police department staffing and response times, funding for community centers, public library hours, as well as potential bond or tax measures that could increase resources needed for critical services—topics, for residents to rank, are plenty. Read More

Categories: Californians, Accountability, Transparency

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