Making Better Sense of Government

Wikipedia contributors define quantum mechanics (QM) as “a branch of physics providing a mathematical description of much of the dual particle-like and wave-like behavior and interactions of energy and matter.” It’s true: some concepts are more difficult to comprehend than others.  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Governance Reform

Citizens Redistricting Commission welcomes public engagement

Exciting things are underway in Sacramento in the form of the Applicant Review Panel and its impact on statewide redistricting. Read More

Categories: Citizens Redistricting Commission, Civic Engagement, Redistricting, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Civic Engagement, Redistricting

The numbers are in: We’re not voting as much as we used to

Did you vote on June 8? Many Californians stayed away from the polls that day. In fact, that election’s results were decided by less than 1 in 4 eligible voters. And we want to know why that is.  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Elections

Rules no substitute for leadership, but they’re a good complement

Yesterday, California officially entered its third week into the 2010-11 Fiscal Year without a budget. While this is hardly surprising to close watchers of California politics and nowhere even close to the 85 days late which the previous year’s budget was enacted, the inevitable annual delay certainly does little to improve public perception of state leaders. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform Plan, Fred Keeley

Kate Martin: 4-H youth are moving California Forward

The other day I met a group of extremely inspiring young adults from around the state who – after five days in Sacramento learning about state government – now know more about how government works, or should work, than do most Californians. These 4-H members were in Sacramento for their annual California Focus conference and had invited me to tell them about California Forward.  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Governance Reform

Summary Report: South Central Coast Regional Dialogue

View or download the full .pdf of the Summary Report from California Forward's South Central Coast Regional Dialogue, held June 16 in Santa Barbara.  Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, Speak Up CA

The journey down the road to reform started in Santa Barbara

Most of the discussion at California Forward’s first regional dialogue in Santa Barbara focused on what good government looks like—and how the state’s current governance system, built nearly a century ago, can be reformed to reflect the shared values of today’s Californians. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Civic Engagement, Fred Keeley, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Speak Up CA, Transparency

Where to begin: The Central Coast weighs in on what needs to change first

During several hours of passionate discussion in Santa Barbara at the first regional meeting of Speak Up for California, a group of private industry leaders, academics, and public officials quickly identified where they would like a governance reform effort to start. Read More

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

Students across the state endorse California Forward reforms

The California State Students Association (CSSA) Board of Directors voted today to unanimously endorse the 2010 California Forward Fiscal Reforms that will help restore transparency and accountability in the state budgeting process. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan

Silicon Valley Leadership Group endorses Fiscal Reform Plan

California Forward announced today that the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's Board of Directors has voted unanimously to endorse the California Forward Fiscal Reform Plan. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan

Central Coast Regional Leaders Meeting : Wednesday, June 16

This morning's regional dialogue with a group of civic-minded leaders from across the southern Central Coast is a major milestone for Speak Up for California Read More

Categories: Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Speak Up CA

Follow us and get involved

Follow us as we travel across the state in search of solutions to bring our government closer to the people. We're taking advantage of new media and social networks to get Californians like you involved.  Read More

Categories: Speak Up CA, Speak Up CA

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