Commentary

Commentary: Tired of the political death-match?

Nothing unites like making government services more effective for the people who rely them and more efficient for taxpayers Read More

Categories: Community Services, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Lenny Mendonca

California Legislative Wrap-up: Moving transparency and accountability forward

CA Fwd lays out how the cause of encouraging elected officials to be more responsive and accountable took steps forward this year Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Redistricting, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Transparency

Vision for more inclusive, responsive democracy remains a Common Cause

Partner in the 50 State Solution project works to limit influence of money in politics, expand and secure voting access. Read More

Categories: 50 State, Democracy, Elections, Governance Reform, Elections

CA Fwd—Approaching a Decade of Making a Difference

Ten years into an era of reform, California's outlook has been shaped by public desire for change in how government served the people. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Governance Reform, Term Limits, Leadership Council, Accountability, Budget Reform, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Lenny Mendonca, Pete Weber, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, State Budget, Transparency

California Forward launches 50 State Solution political reform project

Project will capture and link state-based reform work from around the country being done to break partisan gridlock Read More

Categories: 50 State, Democracy, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Governance Reform

Prop 54 supporters make their case for increased transparency

November ballot initiative would require all open legislative hearings be recorded and made available Read More

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

Public now has chance to help modernize California’s Political Reform Act

Project to update the state's fundamental political ethics law now inviting comment and holding public info sessions. Read More

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

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

Political Reform Act webinar set for this week

FPPC and CA Fwd will share info on project to make the law simpler to understand and enforce Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Governance Reform

Modernization of California’s landmark Political Reform Act announced

Project to update California’s venerable political ethics law for the 21st century has kicked off and will include public webinar and input phases Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Governance Reform, Elections

Blowing the Whistle: It’s Harder Than You Think

California state employee whistleblowers are legally protected, except those working for the Legislature. Yet a widely supported bill to change that has had trouble passing. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Governance Reform

Chris Gates: Catalyzing state-based political reform across the country

Linking reform-minded leaders to solve problems on the local and state level will be key to filling vacuum left by federal partisan gridlock.  Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Government

Lenny Mendonca: Hiram Johnson Would Like This California Era of Reform

Despite shortcomings, the state's citizen ballot initiative process has brought important reforms to California via direct democracy. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Term Limits, Leadership Council, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Lenny Mendonca

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: California’s new Assembly Speaker sees benefit of recent democracy reforms

Anthony Rendon talks to CA Fwd about top priorities after he takes Speaker's chair next week. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Governance Reform, Term Limits, Government, Anthony Rendon, Governance Reform

Opinion: California’s Prop 50—Another step toward restoring public trust

Giving lawmakers the ability to suspend members without pay is a commonsense step toward holding themselves accountable. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Governance Reform, Accountability, Governance Reform

CA Fwd: Say Yes to Legislative Transparency

Proposed ballot measure requires bills be available for three days before a final vote and all legislative hearings be posted online. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Governance Reform, Accountability, Transparency

Putting More “Community” into Community Colleges

Smart and steady reform effort needs to be sustained – and replicated to help government adapt to a rapidly changing California. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Governance Reform, Economy, Regional Economies, Government, Education, Governance Reform

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