CA Fwd in the News

A running list of coverage of CA Fwd in the news, alongside selected items on reform in California.

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Assembly utility committee chair goes on controversial junket

At worst the arrangement can provide special interest groups with opportunities to secure face time with lawmakers and regulators, Capitol observers said Monday. At best they look bad, said Phillip Ung, the public affairs spokesman for California Forward, a group that works for government openness and ethical behavior. Read more

California chief justice and state elections chief on increasing voter turnout

Two headlining speakers from the 2015 Future of California Elections (FOCE) annual conference made some headlines of their own this week. Read more

California leaders routinely use private email

“We think the Legislature and the governor should really look at the rules and regulations on the books and see what ways they can change them to reflect modern technology,” said Philip Ung, director of public affairs for California Forward, a good-government group that advocates for greater transparency and access to public data. Read more

Sunshine Week: Experts Discuss Open Data Tech in California

While sharing financial records has helped many government agencies improve their transparency, more robust open data policies could lead to big financial gains in California and across the nation, according to experts at Data Summit 2015. Read more

Will California Soon Have a Chief Data Officer?

Rep. Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, unveiled his plans for the bill on Wednesday, March 18, at Data Summit 2015, hosted by California Forward, a government reform nonprofit organization Read more

Assemblyman Introduces Open Data Bill During Sunshine Week

Ting announced AB 1215, the California Open Data Act, during remarks given this morning at California Forward’s Data Summit in Sacramento. Read more

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