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Counties group support Gov. Brown’s realignment plan

The California State Association of Counties released a letter this afternoon expressing support for Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to move state services to the counties... Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Restructuring, State Budget

Action Fund, civic leadership organizations urge long-term fiscal reform

The California Forward Action Fund joined 18 other civic leadership organizations around the state in urging Governor Brown to enact long-term fiscal reform as part of any budget solution addressing the immediate fiscal crisis. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Budget Reform, State Budget, Budget Reform, Jerry Brown, State Budget

Californians want trustworthy solutions

California once again is struggling with how to cure a large budget deficit. The borrowing and the accounting gimmicks used in previous years are no longer an option...  Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Bob Hertzberg, Tom McKernan, State Budget, Bob Hertzberg, State Budget, Tom McKernan

Budget reform that brings accountability and openness to state government

As California confronts another year of wrenching financial challenges, it is time for state legislators to make good on their pledge to make bold changes to the way our state operates... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, State Budget, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Budget Reform, State Budget, Transparency

Restrained optimism at Marin County dialogue

As each day passes without action, California slips deeper into the crisis in which it is mired. As Governor Brown and lawmakers debate about the budget and reform in Sacramento, people across the state are weighing in with their own ideas through California Forward's Speak Up CA Dialogues.  Read More

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

Attendees delve deeper into restructuring at 2nd CA Fwd Stakeholder Roundtable

As the governor and lawmakers debate over the best way to get California back on track, people from all over the state have taken the next step in a critical discussion... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Stakeholder Roundtables, Civic Engagement, Civic Engagement, Stakeholder Roundtables

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: Selected Blog Posts, Bob Hertzberg, Leadership Council

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

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