The Conversation: Can California be pulled from the brink?

California has long been the bellwether for the United States as a whole. Indeed, as the world's eighth-largest economy that is home to Hollywood and Google... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Governance Reform

Brown says California needs restructuring

As he inherits California's chronic budget problems, Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants to try a new approach to dealing with the state's massive deficits: a broad restructuring of the relationship between the state and local governments... Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Jerry Brown, Governance Reform, Jerry Brown

The Path Forward

Californians want a path forward - one right step after another. We need to stop the bleeding and start the healing, make government work again, and support... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Governance Reform

Can a two-year budget help solve California’s financial woes?

The direness of California's budget crisis has one silver lining: efforts to reform state government are finally gaining traction with voters and lawmakers... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Budget Reform, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Fred Keeley, Leadership Council, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, State Budget

Five changes Californians must approve for reforms

As California begins another year with a huge budget deficit, let me make some predictions. Before the confetti from the New Year's party hits the floor, the Legislature will slide into its time-honored gridlock... Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, State Budget, Budget Reform, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, State Budget

Silicon Valley to Jerry Brown: We need a game changer

"Game changers." In Silicon Valley, we use this term for cutting-edge products and processes that leapfrog the competition... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Tax Reform

What can Brown do for California?

Next week, Jerry Brown will take the helm of the maligned entity known as the Golden State. Much of the state's glimmer has been lost since the last time... Read More

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

News and views on Schwarzenegger’s legacy

Over the last few weeks, much has been written about our current Governor's legacy and the recall election which swept him into office... Read More

Categories: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

Raising the bar and setting expectations for California higher education

Concern increases daily among soon-to-be high school graduates, their parents, the more than 670,000 current University of California and California State University students, and millions of Californians, as they watch... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Accountability, Education, State Budget

2011 Bay Area economy: Glimmers amid gloom

As we wrap up 2010 and prepare to enter 2011, The Bay Citizen's Jonathan Weber breaks down the good and the bad for the Bay Area (and California) economy. Read More

Happy Holidays from CA FWD!

2010 has brought with it some exciting and real steps toward repairing our broken government - from the top two open primary to a reaffirmation of redistricting. We look forward to continuing down the path to a shinier Golden State in 2011 – with your help, your ideas, and your support. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts

Despite fee hikes, UC still cheaper than prison

Even with the latest tuition increase, a year at Cal is still cheaper than a year at San Quentin. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, State Budget, Governance Reform, State Budget

No change in number of CA Congressional seats

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission now knows exactly how many Congressional districts it will need to draw. Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Redistricting

CA Fwd’s Bob Hertzberg discusses governance and reform

The future of reform in California was the primary focus of a special panel at the "California's Future" conference, hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Bob Hertzberg, Governance Reform

$10,000: One man’s repayment for CA unemployment benefits

Just in time for the holidays comes this story of a former Californian who wanted to show his appreciation to the Golden State for helping get him through a hard time... Read More

California Supreme Court won’t block Proposition 14

Today it was announced that the California Supreme Court has decided not to hear a request to block the state's new election process. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Proposition 14

Redistricting panel chosen

The original eight members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission have now selected the remaining six commissioners... Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11

Brand new world

Welcome to the new! As you can see, things are brand new around here. We've shifted to a new design and a new set of informational and interactive features to make it easier ... Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform, Speak Up CA

Making CA work better: A Q&A with CA Fwd’s Jim Mayer

As California Forward connects with thousands of people across the state about reform ideas to help repair our government, Executive Director Jim Mayer discusses what CA Fwd wants to do and how Californians can take part ... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Accountability, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform, Proposition 14

Public can weigh in on proposed choices for remaining Citizens Redistricting commissioners

The current eight members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission met on Friday to choose the remaining six commissioners, for a total of 14. The six will be chosen from ... Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Civic Engagement, Proposition 11

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