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CAFWD In The News

Mercury News editorial

California Forward burst onto the scene in 2007 as a bipartisan project to promote "a viable, inclusive and responsive democracy," improve government and promote investment in the future. Read more

Calif. Lawmakers to Discuss Broad Implications of Nonpartisan Primary at Summit

The subject of California's top-two primary is expected to draw up to 200 people on August 19 in Sacramento. That's when the Independent Voter Project and California Forward are sponsoring a day-long discussion of the electoral reform, which is now five years old. Read more

How Government Can Work Even Better—A Bipartisan View

"There are many issues and problems in California that can be dealt with successfully if we work together in a nonpartisan way." Read more

Let’s encourage debate, not silence opponents

Before the Legislature’s summer recess, the Capitol was buzzing with several legislative committees deciding the fate of dozens of bills. Policy committee work is not glamorous, but it is an essential part of the democratic process that should be respected. Read more

CA Fwd report: The coming revenue debate must look beyond politics

With more than a dozen major tax measures moving through the Legislature or toward the November 2016 ballot, California’s perennial debate about taxes is set to begin anew—with millions of dollars in political campaigns preparing to shape how the state will raise billions of dollars in revenue, and provide public services, for years to come. Read more

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News Clips

Lopez: Legislator says she has an answer to state’s housing crunch

You can't pass an apartment building or drive through a neighborhood here without hearing a story from Toni Atkins about what she calls the "foundation for every piece of our lives." The places we call home. Read more

Innovation is blooming at water-wise urban farms

As California moves through its fourth summer of drought, cutting back on water use means shorter showers, fuller dishwashers and drier lawns for most people living in urban areas. Read more

Why San Bernardino County Jails are Harder to Manage Today

Because of Assembly Bill 109, also known as prison realignment, jails are not what they used to be. Jails in California are more dangerous and a greater challenge to manage than they were before AB 109. Read more

East Bay Senate special cost more than $12 million, final reports show

The final numbers are in: this year’s special elections in the East Bay’s 7th Senate District generated a whopping $12.1 million in campaign spending, state filings show. Read more

After years of scandal, L.A. jails get federal oversight, sweeping reforms

Capping years of scandal, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has agreed to federal oversight of its jail system in an effort to end abuse of inmates by sheriff's deputies and to improve chronically poor treatment of mentally ill inmates. Read more

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Press Releases

FPPC Announces Review of California Political Reform Act

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), in partnership with the University of California and California Forward, has announced a project to update California’s venerable Political Reform Act (PRA). The project will include two rounds of public participation over the course of several months, to ensure what the FPPC plans to be an inclusive and transparent process. Read more

CA Fwd Calls for A New Approach to Election Financing

California should develop a new way to pay for elections administration that can control costs, improve voting systems and evolve the tension-filled relationship between state and county governments into a cooperative partnership, according to a new report issued by California Forward. Read more

California Innovation in Higher Education Showcase highlights student success to full house

Over 200 education, business and civic leaders from across California gathered in Sacramento today for the California Awards for Innovation in Higher Education Showcase. Read more

Smart Voter and Voter’s Edge Launch Comprehensive Nonpartisan Online Voter Guide for California Vote

Personalized Ballot Look-Up Feature Allows Voters to Mark Selections and Share Ballot Choices Via Social Media Read more

CA Fwd Calls on Legislators to Take Immediate Action on Implementing Reforms to Restore Public Trust

“Path Toward Trust” Urges Specific Actions to Increase Transparency on Financial Data and Public Decisions Read more

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