• Latinas Paths to Power Webcast

    Latinas Paths to Power Webcast

    Latinas in California, and nationwide for that matter, continue to struggle with the lack of representation at the State Capitol.  Latinas reached a high mark for California State representation when 12 Latinas served in the Assembly and Senate in 2004.  Ten years later, the number of Latina representatives has since dropped down to seven.  Latinas [...]

    April 15, 2014
  • PPIC Report: Paying for Water in California

    PPIC Report: Paying for Water in California

    Welcome and Presentation: Overview of the PPIC Water Finance Study Ellen Hanak, Public Policy Institute of California   Fiscal Orphans: Floods, Small Systems, Stormwater, and Watersheds Moderator: Jay Lund, University of California, Davis Curt Aikens, Yuba County Water Agency Celeste Cantú, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority Debbie Davis, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Matt Fabry, San [...]

    April 15, 2014
  • Senate Pro Tem Steinberg Proposes Permanent Sources of Funding for Housing and Transit

    Senate Pro Tem Steinberg Proposes Permanent Sources of Funding for Housing and Transit

      (Sacramento, CA) – Two months after a speech that provoked a firestorm debate on the best way to move California’s climate strategy forward, California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg today presented a long-term investment strategy for projected Cap-and-Trade revenues, to further California’s pursuit of its landmark greenhouse gas reduction goals.   The investment strategy, unveiled [...]

    April 14, 2014
  • Press Conference: Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace

    Press Conference: Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace

    Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez today announced the creation of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace and named Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez as its chair. “I have formed the Select Committee on Women in the Workplace with the expectation that it will address the whole range of issues from wages to working conditions [...]

    April 8, 2014
  • Raising the Bar: How Smart Policy Choices Can Create Shared Prosperity in California

    Raising the Bar: How Smart Policy Choices Can Create Shared Prosperity in California

    Opportunity State? What the Emerging Electoral Landscape Means for Politics and Public Policy   Ruy Teixeira, senior fellow, The Century Foundation and Center for American Progress Anthony Thigpenn, president, California Calls   Taking On Poverty and Inequality: How Public Policy Can Help Address These Challenges and Promote Greater Social Mobility   Sasha Abramsky, author, The [...]

    April 4, 2014

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Department of Finance Briefing on Special Session to Strengthen Rainy Day Fund

Department of Finance Briefing on Special Session to Strengthen Rainy Day Fund

April 17, 2014

Following Governor Brown’s proclamation convening a special session of the Legislature, Department of Finance Director Michael Cohen held a briefing to discuss details of the proposal to strengthen the Rainy Day Fund. In January, Governor Brown proposed changes to the Rainy Day Fund to stabilize the state’s finances during swings in capital gains revenues, and [...]

North Korea: How Should the International Community Respond?

North Korea: How Should the International Community Respond?

April 4, 2014

World Affairs Council Presents North Korea: How Should the International Community Respond? Philip Yun Executive Director and COO, Ploughshares Fund Philip Yun, executive director and COO of the Ploughshares Fund, is well- equipped to answer these questions. Yun is a former high-level diplomat who has worked extensively in academia, business, nonprofits and government. Prior to [...]

Sierra Snowpack: Better But Far From What’s Needed for Drought

Sierra Snowpack: Better But Far From What’s Needed for Drought

April 2, 2014

“February and March storms have probably kept us from breaking records for historic drought this year,” Mark Cowin, the head of California’s Department of Water Resources told reporters, “but they certainly haven’t rescued us from that drought.” (Photo Credit: David McNew/Getty Images) Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

2014 Summit on Public Data

2014 Summit on Public Data

April 1, 2014

In conjunction with National Sunshine Week (March 17-21), California Forward hosted a public summit on data and information technology. The event featured leading practitioners and revolve around breakthroughs in leveraging government data for improved collaboration and decision making, as well as in communicating government information and activity to the public. (Photo Credit: Jason Shueh) Did you [...]

Launch California: Leading the Nation into Space

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April 1, 2014

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California Senate Leaders Discuss Sen. Leland Yee’s Indictment

California Senate Leaders Discuss Sen. Leland Yee’s Indictment

March 27, 2014

“I am angry on behalf of the people and I am angry on behalf of the 37 other members whose hard work everyday on behalf of the people is being tarnished because of events outside of their control and outside of our control,” - Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg  Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Legislative Leaders Unveil Truancy Legislation

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Legislative Leaders Unveil Truancy Legislation

March 11, 2014

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced a package of legislation to help local school districts and communities address California’s elementary school truancy crisis. Each year, an estimated one million elementary school students are truant and 250,000 elementary school students miss 18 or more school days at a cost of $1.4 billion in lost funds to [...]

Senate Legislators Announce Package of Bills to Upgrade Public Service Accountability Rules

Senate Legislators Announce Package of Bills to Upgrade Public Service Accountability Rules

March 6, 2014

California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) today announced The California Accountability in Public Service, or CAPS Act — a package of three bills aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in political practices, including banning gifts from lobbyists. Did you like this? [...]