California — recognized globally for its diverse regions, an unparalleled innovation economy and stunning natural beauty — is reeling from the impacts of a disturbing and distressing past year.
How can we reimagine a California that is more equitable and resilient, where we redress the racial and economic inequities that have made the California Dream increasingly elusive for far too many?
The Building Equitable Economies Webinar Series will delve into critical issues from criminal justice, housing, climate resiliency to broadband access and youth engagement. Join us as we bring together experts for powerful conversations centered on moving the state forward through community empowerment to build more equitable economies.
The first webinar in the Building Equitable Economies series shared with attendees how to become a part of California Forward’s movement, bringing people together across communities, regions and interests to improve government and create inclusive, sustainable growth for everyone.
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When California enacted the California Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011 (AB 109), in response to overcrowded prisons, it shifted the burden of incarceration from the state to the counties. But county jails were not created or equipped to hold the growing population and overcrowding moved from prisons to jails. This created budget problems and lawsuits surrounding the care and treatment of those in custody. As one former county administrator said, “we can’t build ourselves out of this problem.”
In 2014, CA FWD launched the Justice System Change Initiative to help California counties transform their criminal justice systems by using data-driven practices to improve interventions and wisely use resources. Jail Utilization studies were conducted to identify opportunities for system change.
Learn more about the findings from the jail utilization studies conducted in four counties (Merced, Riverside, San Bernardino and Santa Cruz) as well as best practices and lessons learned.
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Organizing communities around building homes for people at all income levels is extraordinarily difficult work, and this effort meets different forms of resistance in different communities.
If California is to achieve its full economic potential and fulfill its promise as a place of opportunity for all, the state and a broad coalition of regional stakeholders must work together to increase housing supply across income levels and support conditions that allow all residents to live affordably in communities near their jobs.
This webinar provides a plan for a “regions up” housing agenda for the state that is built from existing initiatives that have political traction and stakeholder support. Read the full report: Regions Build Together – A Housing Agenda for All California
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California’s wildfire crisis continued its destructive march in 2020, leading to the state’s largest wild fire season on record. Building on the principles of California’s Wildfire Crisis: A Call to Action, we must work to shift the state’s primary focus from reactive fire suppression and recovery to the proactive reduction of risks and restoration of resilient forests, watersheds, working landscapes, and ecosystems.
While the state is considering large investments in wildfire reduction and forest resiliency, on-the-ground projects with potential for landscape-scale restoration and community resilience are moving forward. This webinar is designed to give an overview of some of these efforts.
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While the state is considering large investments in wildfire reduction and forest resiliency, on-the-ground projects with potential for landscape-scale restoration and community resilience are moving forward. Please join this webinar to learn more about these efforts.
California is home to one of the nation’s most diverse populations; however, too many Californians are not engaged in any of the state’s policy-making processes. Currently, Millennials are underrepresented and Gen Zers are unrepresented in the Legislature. The state’s representation does not mirror the population and lacks valuable input from the communities it is responsible for serving.Join this webinar to learn more about CA FWD’s Young Leaders Advisory Council.
This talented group of students and early professionals come from all around the state, bringing their valuable diversity in experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Although these young leaders have many individual differences, they share the same goal — to help move California forward.
BROADBAND FOR ALL
California is facing a digital crisis, with far too many residents left without adequate and affordable broadband service. The crisis has been exacerbated by the pandemic, as witnessed by the vast, unmet broadband needs of people of all ages seeking to engage in online learning, work at home, tele-healthcare, and remote access to employment, economic and human services. With one in eight families in California disconnected and nearly one million school-aged children with no internet connection, the lack of access is creating additional hardships during a time when connectivity is more essential than ever.
Join this webinar to learn about innovative on-the-ground projects that leverage public and private investments to ensure broadband for all Californians.
Join this webinar to learn about innovative on-the-ground projects where local governments are forging new solutions to improve access for residents.
California’s commitment to racial justice and economic inclusion are meaningless without dramatic changes that make homeownership a possibility for marginalized racial and economic communities.
The primary mechanism for achieving this will be building more homes that are affordable by design. Currently, new homes built in California cost more than double the national average. Complex regulations create uncertainty and delays that dramatically increase the price of new housing projects. Further cities and other municipalities have become more reliant on local impact fees, pushing prices up further.
This webinar provides an overview of the dramatic racial wealth gap, the consequences of that gap for home ownership and current policies that might be reformed to build more homes that are affordable by design.
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California is a world leader in responding to climate change by setting goals to curb emissions and transition to less carbon-intensive energy sources. Most recently, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035.
Join this webinar to learn how California Economic Summit leaders are integrating efforts that have had energy production, costs, and carbon capture at the center of their agendas. The goal is to develop a powerful strategy for collective action to address climate change and the state’s energy needs from a triple-bottom-line perspective.