Nadine Ono


Nadine Ono is a correspondent for California Forward. She started her career as a writer for television news shortly after graduating from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism. She then moved into the public relations arena where she worked with a variety of clients including municipalities, non-profits and major corporations.


Climate Impacts Highlighting Need For Summit’s Public-Private Solution Space

California's wildfire crisis intensifies Summit year-round collaborative work Read More

Providing capital for housing is key to affordability and a healthy community

How a San Diego leader is working to transform neighborhoods Read More

Report: Does state tax policy discourage housing production?

New report by SPUR and CA FWD delves into the relationship between tax policy and production of housing that is affordable  Read More

Rental assistance program helping lift up struggling Coachella Valley residents

Low-income workers sidelined in vulnerable industries find relief from regional fund Read More

Cross-sector collaboration vital to an inclusive economic recovery for California

California economic development leaders share how public-private efforts are the only way to match the scale of big challenges Read More

Addressing racial inequities in the spotlight as regions plan for recovery

How economic planning can build more equity featured during Regions Recover Together workshop Read More

Community leaders meet virtually to drive real recovery in California’s Redwood Coast region

Regional leaders coordinate local efforts through the COVID Economic Resilience Consortium Read More

Housing package in Legislature aimed at streamlining construction, converting retail property

SB 1385 would help turn vacant commercial spaces into residential homes Read More

What major shifts in manufacturing mean for workforce training in Los Angeles Basin

Report: Opportunities open for middle-skill workers trained at area community colleges  Read More

Rural California county helps close academic and digital divides

Student performance and families benefit from school-based program offering low-cost internet access Read More

Growing California’s health workforce gains added priority and new partnerships

Nonprofit aimed at closing allied health care worker gap finds new partners in California Read More

Instilling economy, environment, and equity in California’s next generation of leaders

Steward Leadership Program grads learn how to “negotiate” their communities’ triple bottom line Read More

California training partnership could solidify a workforce ready for construction

San Bernardino Community College District pilot is part of program to close the industry’s workforce gap like  Read More

Industry-labor partnership creates nonprofit to fill California’s health care workforce gap

Kaiser Permanente and health care worker union to invest $130 million to establish education and training nonprofit Read More

California’s working landscape makes $333-billion impact on state economy

Industries related to agriculture and natural resources employ 1.5 million in California Read More

Summit host Fresno is launch site for California’s Integrated K-16 Collaborative

Education initiative aimed at creating clear pathways through higher education and into good-paying jobs in the region  Read More

Governor Newsom highlights regional economic initiatives during keynote at the 2019 Summit

Sharing optimism about Fresno’s new economic initiative and the Regions Rise Together events, Newsom addressed 900 at the gathering Read More

California Economic Summit attendees collaborate on state’s pressing challenges

From housing to broadband access, the Summit working sessions brainstormed solutions for the coming year  Read More

Economic Summit Opens with Investment in Service Opportunities in the Central Valley

$13 million in state funds will be deployed in the region to sponsor scholarships for Californians enrolled in AmeriCorps programs Read More

Early college partnership closing Central Valley skilled agricultural worker gap earns Summit award

Wonderful Agriculture Career Prep program helps high school students graduate with a college degree and more Read More

Northern California program helps formerly incarcerated students step up to land jobs, re-enter community

Anti-recidivism partnership between Shasta College and law enforcement earns Summit workforce training award Read More

Program filling manufacturing workforce pipeline in the Central Valley earns Summit award

VOLT Institute in Modesto aims to fill skills gap in need of hundreds of workers Read More

Los Angeles County residents get preview of a new way of voting 

California and the nation are watching how new voting machines and the vote center model perform Read More

Regions Rise Together series kicks off in the Inland Empire

Joint strategy sessions led by GO-Biz and CA Fwd are highlighting regional assets and ideas to boost equitable growth Read More

California extends deadline to apply for spot on citizens redistricting commission

Recent surge in applications and a push for outreach across diverse communities cited as reasons for extension Read More

A model for achieving housing goals takes shape in Sonoma County

Santa Rosa, the County and employers advance plans for recovering homes lost in fires, dealing with larger housing crisis Read More

Sonoma County builds framework for resiliency after destructive wildfires

Plan includes improving warning systems, retrofitting homes, and upgrading utility infrastructure Read More

Cybersecurity contest challenges California students to explore high-paying career path

Increasing cyber threats are expanding the skilled worker demand in the sector, creating big opportunities for grads Read More

Released from jail and earning a high school diploma, these students take a big step toward a new life

San Bernardino County program hosts a charter school on site at probation reporting centers Read More

VIDEO: California saw more women elected to office but new and old challenges remain

Controller Betty Yee and California Women Lead's Rachel Michelin discuss the future of better representation of women in leadership Read More

Reading to their children helps incarcerated parents maintain a powerful connection

Program allows parents in San Bernardino jails to record themselves reading books and sharing personal messages Read More

Reentry program offers San Bernardino County inmates a chance to stop cycle of incarceration

Goal is to add S.T.A.R.T teams in each county jail to connect inmates with services before release Read More

View from the Summit: Helping regions stay resilient and rise together

Day Two of CA Economic Summit honored stewards of California and workforce partnerships elevating Californians Read More

View from the Summit: Resiliency in the wake of fires and more brings focus, urgency to work

Day One of the 2018 CA Economic Summit introduced new economic priorities for the year and poignant reminders of dislocation  Read More

Hyper-local news station aims to better connect people with local issues

Programming focuses on in-depth reporting on Southern California policy and politics Read More

Three ways to elevate the economic portrait of rural California

How to spur prosperity in overlooked rural California and benefit the entire economy Read More

How CA Fwd data and counties can create public safety success inside and outside of jail

Studies of jail populations and other innovations laid foundation for criminal justice system change Read More

Returns on Recovery: Expanding county substance abuse services benefits community over long term

San Bernardino County seeing dividends on funding and service increases  Read More

Meet the one-person alternative sentencing program connecting Californians to a better life outside of jail

Riverside County social worker directly connects people charged with crimes to rehabilitative programs Read More

Knowing the Data: How to build better outcomes for inmates with mental health needs

Getting to know why people are in jail helps set justice reforms up for success Read More

Pilot program gives select San Bernardino County inmates a chance to live, work on the outside

Small group of low-risk inmates is monitored, allowed back into community to encourage a successful reentry Read More

Data-driven criminal justice reform yielding results say San Bernardino County supervisors

CA Fwd study of county jails showed which strategies working best to cut recidivism Read More

Can California’s Techies Move the Needle on Mental Health?

How California's innovation economy can have a positive impact on public services Read More

County and Tech Innovators Are Rethinking California’s Mental Health Services

The state's diverse 58 counties could benefit from a high-tech hub for mental health solutions Read More

Tech Industry and Mental Health Advocates Seek Solutions at First-Ever Summit

Diverse crowd comes together to brainstorm atypical solutions to serve Californians with mental health needs Read More

Mental health services are cutting criminal justice detention rates and homelessness in L.A. County

Study shows adults and transition-age youth enrolled as county mental health clients were detained fewer times Read More

How removing barriers to higher education can help prevent a life of incarceration

Report provides roadmap for using education support for incarcerated Californians to cut recidivism Read More

College students help lead San Bernardino County inmates toward rehabilitation

Interns teach in-jail parenting and trauma classes and build their skills serving others Read More

Sheriff’s Department team offers fresh S.T.A.R.T. for repeat offenders in San Bernardino County

Inmates connected with services before reentry to improve chances of staying out of jail Read More

Success in transforming county criminal justice continues into 2018 for CA Fwd

California counties approved CA Fwd recommendations in 2017 and made headway in anti-recidivism work Read More

New California mental health roadmap recommends alternate routes away from incarceration

Commission report calls for maximizing diversion away from criminal justice system for people in mental health crisis Read More

Riverside County finds success, earns praise in justice system change effort

State's influential CSAC organization hears about county's data-driven work to lower jail populations Read More

Interactive visits in San Bernardino jails strengthen parent-child ties cut by incarceration

More time together allows families to normalize relationships, reduces chance of a return to jail Read More

Riverside County adopts “Lean” approach to transforming probation department

Streamlining creates more time for engaging clients and hopefully preventing a return to jail  Read More

San Bernardino parole program helps its “students” reenter the community successfully

Partnership between state corrections and a university provides services to keep parolees on track Read More

California wrapping up report on cost-effective mental health strategies to cut jail population

Recommendations include better alternatives to jailing people with mental health needs Read More

Training program lifts up underserved in the Central Valley into construction careers

Pre-apprenticeship provides training to get residents living in poverty and others ready to fill skilled labor pipeline Read More

Riverside County builds team dedicated to inmates with mental health needs

Deputies work along with mental health specialists embedded at the jails to improve success of inmates Read More

VIDEO: Rehabilitative programs prepare San Bernardino County inmates to live on the outside again

Community partners and Sheriff's Department team up to train on range of skills from jobs to parenting Read More

California Community Colleges Helping Address Nursing Shortage

Internationally-trained nurses face a difficult barrier to practice in California. The Single Subject Course pilot is one example of improving the workforce pipeline by providing international healthcare workers access to courses needed obtain their state license. Read More

San Bernardino County team builds stronger “bridge” for mentally ill offenders transitioning back into community

CA Fwd jail study showed mentally ill offenders are booked twice as often and stay three times longer Read More

Following father’s footsteps into welding, California student aims to inspire more women

The only woman in her college welding class, she went on to win awards in statewide competition Read More

CA Fwd jail data helps counties secure anti-recidivism funds

Prop 47 grants aimed at improving mental health and substance abuse treatment Read More

Santa Cruz County supervisors unanimously approve CA Fwd jail recommendations

Study showing most arrests drug and alcohol related could lead to better outcomes and cost savings for county Read More

Specialists embedded in Riverside County jail help stabilize, treat mentally ill inmates

Program aims to better transition inmates into general population and eventually into the community Read More

Expanded substance abuse treatment finds success in Riverside County

Residents seeking treatment previously waited weeks, now placed in programs within a couple of days Read More

Report reveals gender differences in incarceration in California county

Women in Santa Cruz County jails more likely to have mental illness compared to men Read More

Riverside County takes proactive approach to transitioning inmates back into community

Inmates previously released often with little planning or mental health resources for life after incarceration Read More

Peer support specialist draws on own struggles to help at-risk Riverside County youth

Program pairs peer personnel with troubled youth on path to detention Read More

San Bernardino County jail study by CA Fwd leading to change in criminal justice

Data gives county opportunity to make jail system more cost effective, maintain public safety Read More

California county organizations warn on ACA repeal without replacement

Groups involved with health care law sign letter urging the creation of comprehensive plan to support existing coverage levels. Read More

Summit: Strong supply of housing and water key to upward mobility in California

Public and private leaders came together to stress the urgency of state's housing crisis and persistent water issues  Read More

California’s higher education leadership share Summit stage to talk upward mobility

California leaders at Summit tout needed investment & long-term planning for state's higher education system Read More

Challenges of housing, workforce and water take spotlight on day one of 2016 Summit

Action teams gathered to brainstorm ideas to tackle premier problems putting a drag on California's upward mobility Read More

Substance abuse treatment to expand in Riverside County

Low-income residents and ex-offenders will benefit from improved and expanded treatment options Read More

How California’s housing affordability gap can strain family health

The struggle to cover housing needs and other costs can lead to toxic levels of stress and poor decision making Read More

LAPD turns to “SMART” approach for defusing mental health crisis calls

L.A. program combines training, assessment teams, and a database to prevent the mentally ill from cycling in and out of jail Read More

Communicating with ex-offenders on probation via texting finds success in California county

Riverside County probation clients sometimes more honest with officers via text message in new test program Read More

Two counties, same challenge: Data helping to reshape California jail systems

San Bernardino and Santa Cruz are latest counties utilizing CA Fwd criminal justice research Read More

Successful Reentry: Partnerships on outside critical for ex-offenders making new start

Massive shift in thinking key to helping offenders successfully return to California communities Read More

Probation “bridge” program aims to keep young offenders on track and out of jail

New Riverside County probation program underscores how the right interventions can help prevent costly cycle of incarceration Read More

California seeks cost-effective mental health strategies to help reduce jail population

Upcoming meetings on intersection of mental health and criminal justice will ask community members and county agencies about what's working, what's not. Read More

CA Fwd jail study on mentally ill offenders in Riverside County receives high marks

Steps to improve treatment of incarcerated presented to California council dedicated to ending the criminalization of mental illness  Read More

Riverside County aims to help mentally ill stop cycle of incarceration

Mentally ill offenders stayed in Riverside County jails for longer periods of time and were booked more often.  Read More

Riverside County moves forward with steps to make criminal justice system more cost effective

Board of Supervisors approved this week recommendations to improve public safety outcomes and cut costs with advice and analysis from CA Fwd. Read More

Report: Prisons and jails fast replacing hospitals as treatment centers for mentally ill

In some places, ten times the number of seriously mentally ill are incarcerated than the number housed in state psychiatric hospitals. Read More

Mentoring program offers Kern County offenders a pathway away from jail

Promising partnership with county and nonprofit having impact on high rate of return to jail by the formerly incarcerated. Read More

San Diego job center uses employment to prevent a return behind bars

Participants in reentry program receive workshops, employment services, even the loan of business attire. Read More

Report: New thinking needed to break cycle of incarceration of mentally ill populations

Rate of serious mental illness in prison populations shown to be two to four times higher than the community populations Read More

Riverside Supervisors adopt criminal justice reform recommendations by CA Fwd and partners

Partnership with County will use data to drive creation of cost-effective solutions to reduce the need for incarceration. Read More

Report: Reforming felony threshold for theft would not increase crime rates

New data shows that states could likely reduce costs of incarceration without a negative impact on crime. Read More

How culture shift and data redefined probation success in Riverside County

Focusing on results and data helped staff rethink about what their department could do to lessen the burden on the jails. Read More

CA Fwd and Riverside County put data to work on jail overcrowding

The county probation department successfully used data analysis to create a 25 percent reduction in probation violations since spring of 2014. Read More

Summit generated ideas to better manage California’s long-term water issues

Attendees put their heads together to create real actions to conserve, capture and reuse 1 million acre-feet of water every year. Read More

Summit sharpened strategies to take on California’s affordable housing crisis

Action plan to address challenge to build 1 million more affordable homes emerged from Day 2 of the 2015 California Economic Summit in Ontario. Read More

Economic Summit creates action plan to train one million more skilled workers

Attendees brainstormed strategies to close the skills gap and improve California's workforce which could have a shortage of 1 million credentialed workers over the next decade. Read More

What does rise of California no-party voter mean for major party outreach?

As voters increasingly register No Party Preference, experts say major parties will need to evaluate how to campaign and engage with citizens in less traditional ways.  Read More

Low voter turnout seen among fast growing California demographic groups

Predicted population trends will result in more eligible Latinos and Asian Americans in California, but if voter turnout percentages remain at low levels, the groups will remain under-represented in the political process. Read More

Report: Taking open data to next level requires quality data, committed leaders

While city governments are increasingly making their data open, the standards of data quality and leadership dedicated to initiatives are often all over the map, says a new report from USC. Read More

Bill signed by governor creates workforce data “dashboard” to improve education

Effort will look at student progress before and after graduation to track the effectiveness of how the state is preparing workers.  Read More

Online voter info key to getting hyper-connected Millennials to the polls

Remember a time when you couldn't think of any song or any clip from any movie, look it up on YouTube and immediately share it with a friend in a few seconds time? Millennials don’t. Read More

Latino Millennials are an expanding and influential voter demo

Hispanic Millennials make up about seven percent of California’s voting population and are influential both for their own numbers and how they also provide information to older generations Read More

California voter turnout will depend on educating unaffiliated Millennials

The millennial generation increasingly has identifies as "no party preference" and votes less than other generations. That means voter turnout will increasingly rely on getting more voter information to that population. Read More