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California’s Future center stage at UCLA Plato Society event

The state of our state and how to find a better future for the tens of millions of people who call California home was the subject of a special meeting in Los Angeles over the weekend...  Read More

Categories: Leadership Council, Bob Hertzberg, Selected Blog Posts, Bob Hertzberg, Leadership Council

To recover, California must develop and follow economic plan

California Forward has laid out a Path Forward for California, and we are joined by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG)... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Jerry Brown

CA Fwd holds first Speak Up CA stakeholder roundtable

Dozens of people shared their thoughts on the state of California’s governance and fiscal situation and how to improve it at California Forward’s first Speak Up CA stakeholder roundtable. ..  Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement, Restructuring, Civic Engagement, Restructuring, Speak Up CA

Community TV of Santa Cruz: Speak up for California

Much of California's government is broken. We elect good folks to work to improve education, the environment, the economy, and other important issues. But, little if anything seems to get... Read More

Categories: Leadership Council, Fred Keeley, Selected Blog Posts, Speak Up CA, Fred Keeley, Leadership Council, Speak Up CA

Petition: Stand Up for Common-Sense Budget Solutions in California

We're working with change.org in an effort to build more interest and supporters through petitions and other activities. Our call for common sense budget solutions did so well over the last few days, we surpassed our goal ...  Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, State Budget

VIDEO: Moving Government Closer

Trying to fix California's broken state government sounds like an almost impossible job doesn't it? We believe it is not only possible, but vital.  Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform, Restructuring

State Senate Budget Committee votes on cuts

Facing the harsh economic realities created by our state budget crisis, legislators yesterday took their first steps to balance the budget focusing on health care... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Restructuring, State Budget

How would you balance the state budget?

Yesterday, Next 10 released an updated California Budget Challenge to balance the $90 billion state budget. Next 10, a nonpartisan organization that encourages all Californians to look beyond... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, State Budget

Citizens Redistricting Commission sessions hosted at Claremont Library

The Citizens Redistricting Commission traveled to Claremont this past week for a multi-day session, as they work to fairly redraw California’s district lines.  Read More

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

State Controller unveils new website

Having trouble understanding why California isn't as Golden as it used to be? Or maybe you just want to delve deeper into the complex world of the state finances... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Accountability, Transparency

Idea Map: From your town to Sac-town

Californians from all over the state have shared their ideas for how to repair our broken government through the California Forward Idea Map, and today, we traveled to Fresno to showcase those ideas and announce plans to submit them to Governor Jerry Brown. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Jerry Brown, Leadership Council

Erase California’s budget deficit

Think you can balance the budget better than your representatives in Sacramento? Do you know which services you would cut or scale down?  Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, State Budget

Lock ‘em up ... but how do we pay?

Gov. Jerry Brown has recently proposed a couple of shifts that could take pressure off the state penal system and (if he's lucky) might even save a few bucks... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Jerry Brown, Restructuring

California Forward survey finds voter hope amid gloom

This week California Forward released the results from the first in a series of "California Viewpoints" surveys on Californian's attitudes toward state government, reform, and how... Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform, Leadership Council

Viewpoints: Californians can seize rare chance to reform government

To some, the stage might appear to be set for the same disenchanting story. A new governor has arrived in Sacramento, only to find the state facing another enormous budget shortfall... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform, Speak Up CA, State Budget

CA Fwd rekindles hope at Fresno community event

It’s been a long time since I have felt proud to be an American, grateful yes, but proud, no. Wednesday in Fresno, at the special event - Can California Be Fixed?... Read More

Categories: Leadership Council, Selected Blog Posts, Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement, Civic Engagement, Leadership Council, Speak Up CA

Californians see problems, but are optimistic about solutions

A study of more than 1,000 Californians released today by California Forward finds that, while the problems that face California are serious, an overwhelming number of Californians say the state is fixable and not ungovernable... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Civic Engagement

Brown Calls for Bipartisan Budget Solutions

In his eighth state of the state address and first since returning to the office of governor, Jerry Brown forcefully advocated for the budget reforms, spending cuts, and tax extensions he introduced just after taking office. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Budget Reform, Jerry Brown

Few Californians understand the state’s tax system. Fact.

Buried in a major new poll on Californians' attitudes toward government is a finding that explains many things: Only six percent of adults can identify where the bulk of the state's money comes from, and how it is spent... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Tax Reform

Your role in moving California Forward

Californians are speaking decisively about the fiscal and governance crisis gripping our state, and their message is clear: Fix this mess and fix it now. In a recent survey commissioned... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Bob Hertzberg, Civic Engagement, Leadership Council, Tom McKernan

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