Commentary

From the Ivory Tower to the Mean Streets of Santa Monica

Recent studies document the moderating effects of California's Top Two primary and independent redistricting reform Read More

Categories: Democracy, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

California halfway to next round of redistricting

Many Californians and election officials already looking ahead to the state's next redrawing of election districts, scheduled for 2021.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Future of California Elections, Proposition 11, Redistricting, Elections, Proposition 11, Redistricting

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

VIDEO: Is California’s nonpartisan primary having a positive effect on politics?

Elected officials and election experts weigh in on the Top Two primary at event that took stock of the election reform approved by voters five years ago.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Top Two Primary, Elections, Proposition 11

Work continues after California budget and election reform victories

California earned a rating bump because of its latest budget, while citizen-led reforms won major victory in U.S. Supreme Court.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Redistricting, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Proposition 11, Redistricting

CA Fwd’s comment on U.S. Supreme Court’s redistricting ruling

Statement on Monday's ruling in favor of independent redistricting commissions in Arizona case Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Governance Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

U.S. Supreme Court upholds citizens redistricting

The Supreme Court affirmed the power of Arizona's independent commission to draw congressional boundaries, a decision that protects California's own citizens redistricting reform. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

A tale of two elections

When the California Legislature hit the campaign trail, the normally cynical press corps had to concede the session was one of the most productive and bipartisan in a generation. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Term Limits

Pete Weber and Jim Mayer: State political reform is working

The evidence is growing that voters are getting the political reform they wanted when they seized from lawmakers the authority to draw district boundaries, opened primary elections to all voters, and modified term limits to reduce constant campaigning. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Governance Reform, Government

Q&A: Assemblymember Scott Wilk on redistricting, Capitol culture

Q&A with Assemblymember Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) is another first term member of the California Legislature who took the time to answer some of our questions Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Governance Reform, Government

Q&A: Assemblymember Kevin Mullin on reform, future of CA politics

Assm. Mullin (D-San Mateo) talks about culture in the Capitol as one of the newer members of the State Legislature Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Governance Reform, Government

Forging a path to a stronger state

In recent days several news outlets have focused on the work of California Forward and our efforts to fix state government. While much of this may be in response... Read More

Categories: , Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Proposition 11, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Governance Reform, Proposition 11

Citizens Redistricting Commission begins work this week

On Wednesday, a new era of redistricting in California begins with the first meeting of the Citizens Redistricting Commission.... Read More

Categories: , Selected Blog Posts, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Redistricting, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Redistricting

Drawing the lines For California

On November 30th, I was sworn in to a 10-year term of service on California’s first-ever Citizens Redistricting Commission. This 8-member body is charged with redrawing ...  Read More

Categories: , Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Transparency

California voters vote no on Proposition 27

With nearly 100 percent of precincts reporting, California voters have once again chosen political reform by voting down Proposition 27 by nearly 60 percent.  Read More

Categories: , Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11