Speaking Up for California at NAACP CA Convention

On Thursday, October 21, California Forward talked with attendees at the NAACP annual California convention, held at the Oakland Marriott and Convention Center, as part of our Speak Up for California campaign. Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Speak Up CA

Proposition 24:  Repeals recent legislation that would allow businesses to lower taxable income

Over the past two years, lawmakers have made changes to certain tax laws, which have led to a decrease in the amount some businesses pay in income tax. Proposition 24 would repeal these changes and reinstate business tax laws as they existed in 2008. Read More

Categories: Elections, Tax Reform

Speaking Up for California at the CARA 7th annual convention

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, California Forward talked with attendees at the California Alliance of Retired Americans (CARA) 7th annual convention, held at the airport Hilton in Oakland, as part of our Speak Up for California campaign.  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Speak Up CA

Proposition 23: Suspends air pollution control laws

Proposition 23 is a reaction to legislation signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 (Assembly Bill 32), which limits emissions from vehicles, curbs greenhouse gas emissions from refineries and other businesses, and imposes fees on companies that fail to comply, in an attempt to protect California’s fragile environment.  Read More

Categories: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elections, Tom McKernan

One more broken system

Let me add one more broken California government system to those listed in Joe Mathews' blog posting on on Oct. 18 Read More

Categories: Elections, Governance Reform

Comprehensive fiscal reform: How long can we wait?

Even with 100 "extra" days to finish their work, the Legislature and Governor fell well short of including comprehensive budget reform in the final 2010 budget. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Budget Reform, Elections, Fiscal Reform Plan

Proposition 22: Local revenue protection

Proposition 22 was placed on the ballot in response to the state’s habit of turning to local municipalities to help balance its budget.  Read More

Categories: Elections, Governance Reform

Memo to candidates - dire economy calls for deep reforms

California’s unemployment rate is 12.4 percent - third-highest in the country - but that statistic fails to tell the whole story of our economic woes. Read More

Categories: Elections, Governance Reform, Tax Reform

Proposition 19: Legalization of marijuana

Proposition 19 has been widely debated across California. The measure to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana will go before voters on Nov. 2. Read More

Categories: Dear Gov, Elections

Proposition 26: Two-thirds vote for fees

We all pay a mix of taxes and fees to fund government services, such as schools, roads, libraries, and police and fire services. Proposition 26 seeks to change how we approve certain fees from a simple majority of 50 percent plus one to a two-thirds majority vote.  Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Elections, Tax Reform

Proposition 25 - A new front in the long war against Proposition 13

Proposition 25 is the latest weapon against Proposition 13, but backers do not want voters to know it.  Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Elections, Tax Reform

Proposition 25 - A chance for change

What motivates people to vote? Change. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Elections

Proposition 25: Majority vote budget

The California State Constitution requires that the Legislature approve a budget by June 15 of each year, 15 days before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. But over time, the budget has increasingly been enacted past this date. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Elections, Fiscal Reform Plan

The education crisis, state leaders, and the upcoming election

Let’s be clear about something: There is an education crisis in California. An inequitable education system is creating a lost generation of students. Soon the rest of California will feel this loss, as it ripples across an economy and civil society that needs a more skilled labor force, better educated and engaged residents, and a social safety network that will be stressed into bankruptcy. Read More

Categories: Elections

Free movie screening: Gerrymandering

We hope you'll be able to join us for a special screening of the just-released film Gerrymandering this Thursday, Oct. 21 in San Francisco!  Read More

Categories: Proposition 11, Redistricting

“Strong ale for a weak economy” to benefit CA Forward

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company has sent a five-pack of its popular Budgetary Alement Ale to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the rest of the state's "Big Five," in honor of the recent passing of the state's budget, which was a record 100 days overdue. Read More

Categories: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bob Hertzberg, Leadership Council

Proposition 21: VLF surcharge for parks

This measure would create a new, stable funding stream for California state parks and wildlife programs, which have received declining amounts of financial support in recent years.  Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Elections

Joe Mathews: Beyond the election

The two top contenders for governor each have ruled out pursuing the kind of top-to-bottom electoral, budget and structural changes the state needs.  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Elections, Governance Reform

Mike Genest: Ensuring state and municipal solvency

When I retired as Governor Schwarzenegger’s Director of Finance at the end of last year, I decided that I wanted to remain involved in state policy, especially surrounding our troubled budget.  Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Bob Hertzberg, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan

Jim Lazarus: Critical moment for redistricting reform

Once considered one of the most powerful economic engines in the world, California recently made headlines for its record-breaking 100-day budget impasse. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated occurrence.  Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Proposition 11

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