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VIDEO: Watch webinar intro to project simplifying California’s Political Reform Act

Introductory video lays out the goals and timeline to modernize the states political ethics law and how the public can participate Read More

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

Political Reform Act Revision webinar draws great interest

Project will invite public comment on refreshed version of California's "overly complex, cumbersome and at times inconsistent" political ethics law. Read More

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

VIDEO: Why California is modernizing its Political Reform Act

Head of California's lead political watchdog agency shares why the political ethics law is in need of modernization. Read More

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

Scandal paved the way for Millennial “revolution” in Cudahy

Council in Southern California city now boasts a millennial majority and a new outlook after FBI investigation scandal. Read More

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

CA Fwd statement on California Legislature Transparency Act

Statement on behalf of James Mayer, President & CEO of California Forward Read More

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

To supporters, Prop 50 is small but correct step in good government direction

Measure before voters on June 7 primary ballot seeks to allow Legislature to suspend its members without pay Read More

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

Government transparency initiative closer to landing on California’s November ballot

Measure would update California's Constitution to help prevent last-minute gut-and-amend practice by state legislators. Read More

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

California seeking Chief Data Officer

Candidate will face challenge of boosting access and quality of government data, while dealing with how to share with a public skeptical of government.  Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

CA Fwd’s Sunshine Week Progress Report

During the week encouraging open government, CA Fwd reviews this year's work to catalyze increased transparency and trust in government. Read More

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

VIDEO: New Speaker Rendon touts the need for public trust in water spending

Having gathered public input for a $7.5 billion water bond--and serving a district where several former local officials are serving jail terms--Assemblymember Anthony Rendon understands skepticism in government spending. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Anthony Rendon, Transparency

Legislative wrap-up: Bills signed by Governor Brown boost transparency and accountability

New California laws include victories in open data, election reform and campaign finance Read More

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

New search tool gives boost to California campaign finance transparency

California Secretary of State launches streamlined way of searching campaign contributions toward state-level candidates and ballot measures.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Cal-Access, Elections, Transparency

California auditor issues report on “improper activities” revealed by whistleblowers

State auditor details investigations into failure to seek competitive bids, failure to increase rental rates, waste of state funds, an improper gift of public funds, and neglect of supervisory duties. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, State Budget, Transparency

Bipartisan leaders kick off conversation in San Jose on California’s big challenges

Education, the economy, and civic engagement topped the agenda at event in Silicon Valley, where a bipartisan panel looked to kick off a larger movement to boost community involvement in solving the big problems of today.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Transparency

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

What does rise of California no-party voter mean for major party outreach?

As voters increasingly register No Party Preference, experts say major parties will need to evaluate how to campaign and engage with citizens in less traditional ways.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections

Are California top-two primaries transforming state politics?

Study claims California's nonpartisan primary has made elections more competitive and decreased dysfunction in the Legislature.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14

CA Fwd hosting summit on California’s nonpartisan primary

Sacramento event, open to the public, will look at the state's "top-two" or nonpartisan primary and the future of other election reforms and will feature Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Senator Steve Glazer, other elected officials and experts in elections. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14

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

How three California open data bills advance the cause of public data

Status update on moving the state closer to a strong statewide open data strategy, including three bills under consideration in Legislature Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

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