Voter Guides – Slate Card Alert … Know What You Are Buying? The 2012 statistics are only available for the primary election but they show that the trend is continuing. 65.15 percent of voters requested to vote by mail in California. Know what you are buying. Make sure it is is mailed at the […]
Cities can create the equality our state and federal governments can’t Few of us have hope that the federal government can get anything done. The partisan politics in Washington coupled with the pay to play money in politics, provides little hope that meaningful progressive change will occur. But, there is hope, and it is just […]
Campaign Finance Reform Starts At The Local Level The Ethics Commission in Los Angeles proposes an increase in public funding available to candidates seeking local office. The proposal must be approved by the City Council. Los Angles now gives $2 for each dollar a candidate raises in primary elections, and $4 for each dollar contributed […]
Political Reform and Publicly Financed Campaigns Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Sen. Leland Yee campaigned on transparency. According to an FBI affidavit, Yee accepted campaign money in exchange for favors and a promise to set up an illegal gun deal. Recently Yee spoke to the Voice of OC, a non-profit investigative publication about […]
There Is Real Movement to Remove Big Money From Politics Four years after an activist majority on the United States Supreme Court struck down barriers to the buying of elections by multinational corporations—with the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling that signaled an intention to dismantle remaining restraints on money in campaigns—a broad-based movement has emerged to […]
Excessive Superindent of Education Salaries Prompts Assemblyman to Introduce Bill 2170 Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi introduces Assembly Bill 2170 to curb excessive salaries In reaction to reports detailing how the total compensation of Jose Fernandez, the Centinela Valley school district’s superintendents compensation package exceeded $663,000, Assemblyman Muratsuchi has introduced a bill aimed to prevent excessive school […]
California Democratic Party Convention Speakers The California Democratic Party held its annual convention last week in Los Angeles. Delegates finalized statewide, congressional and legislative endorsements and adopted the 2014 Party platform. Delegates and observers heard from Governor Jerry Brown, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as statewide […]
GovFresh features public servant innovators, civic entrepreneurs and the ideas and technology changing the way government works Government 2.0 refers to government policies that aim to harness collaborative technologies to create an open-source computing platform in which govt, citizens, and innovative companies can improve transparency and efficiency. There are many people across the country who are working smart and […]
Governor Jerry Brown announced that he will run for re-election “I’ve lived here my whole life. I love this state and will do my utmost to enable California to keep faith with its past and pave the way for a future as bold as our forebears would expect.” Brown tweeted to his 1 million followers […]
Cities can join together to help residents with foreclosures The housing market still comprises millions of underwater mortgage-holders facing foreclosures (between 6 and 16 million, depending on who you ask). Many of homeowners are battling against creditors who are trying to foreclose and or evict them. But Cities can Help. The Home Defenders League, is […]
State Sen. Lou Correa Introduces Bill (SB) 843 -Teachers Sen. Lou Correa introduced a Senate Bill (SB) 843, that would simplify the proceedings for the dismissal of California educators accused of misconduct. Currently, an educator that has been fired in California may appeal to a state panel of an administrative law judge and two educators. The […]
Calderon Indictment Threatens Democratic Majority in the Legislature State Senator Ronald S. Calderon and former Assemblyman Tom Calderon were charged with accepting bribes, and money laundering. Sen. Calderon was charged with accepting $100,000 in bribes, plane trips, gourmet dinners and trips to resorts, in exchange for action on legislation involving film tax credits and workers’ compensation. His brother Tom Calderon […]
B Corporations B Corporations are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today, there is a growing community of more than 950 Certified B Corps from 32 countries and 60 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business. Certified B […]
Governor Brown Delivers 2014 State Of The State Address In this video courtesy of The California Channel, The Governor delivers his annual address to the California Legislature. The Governor has done a pretty darn good job! Gov. Brown highlighted his education accomplishments that marked the final address of his current term and laid out priorities for the coming year […]
List of Ballot Measures That Have Qualified The following is a list of ballot measures that have qualified for June 2014 election. June 2014 Statewide Ballot Measures Proposition 41 — AB 639. (Chapter 727, 2013), Pérez. Legislative Bond Act Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014: Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Act of […]
BREAK UP: Will California splinter into 6 states? California venture capitalist Tim Draper is backing an initiative to divide California into six separate states. He argues that the its population is “too big and bloated,” Draper, 5 filed paperwork to put the measure, known as Six California’s, on the November ballot. Does article 4 section […]
Are California Charter Schools Making A Difference In Education Formally, charter schools are publicly funded education schools of choice that form a contract, or “charter,” with a public entity (e.g., a school district, state, or university) in which they are given greater autonomy than other public schools over curriculum, instruction, and operations. In exchange for greater […]
American Democracy in an Age of Rising Inequality The APSA Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy was established in 2001 to gather what political scientists and other scholars know about the ways in which recent trends in inequalities impact democratic participation and governance in the United States, and to consider how changing patterns of participation and […]
What Have Unions Done For us? It is time to stop bashing unions. There is no other method to ensure that working-class people receive decent wages, safe working conditions, and voice on the job. Unions representation helps workers receive a fair share of the income that their work generates for business. The past four […]
NAFTA 20 Years Late American Working Family’s Got Screwed With much consideration and emotional discussion, the House of Representatives approved NAFTA on November 17, 1993, 234-200. The agreement’s supporters included 132 Republicans and 102 Democrats. NAFTA passed the Senate 61-38. Senate supporters were 34 Republicans and 27 Democrats. Clinton signed it into law on December 8, […]
Stop The Trans Pacific Partnership The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is a trade deal will that govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and exports as well as affect copyrights, pharmaceuticals and more. The trade deal talks are being conducted in secret, and only a few portions of the agreement and memos about it have been […]
2014 is an opportunity to elect women the California Legislature close the gap CA is a campaign to increase the number of progressive women in the California legislature by recruiting talented, community-based, policy-focused women to run for open seats in 2014 and 2016. We are partnering with Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, public school supporters and progressive advocacy organizations […]
Why Shop Local? There are many well-documented benefits to our communities and to each of us to choosing to shop local independently owned businesses. We realize it is not always possible to buy what you need locally and so merely ask you to Think Local FIRST! Top Ten reasons to Think Local – Buy Local […]
Democrats Must Fight For Labor Unions Democrats can’t afford to lose the support of organized labor. Labor Unions provide the greatest ground force and organizational strength, and represents a constituency that can help Democrats sustain a broad coalition. The Democratic Party must demonstrate that the concerns of working Americans are more than campaign rhetoric, but are, a primary […]
End Corporate Welfare California To Wal-Mart: Enough! No More Taxpayer Subsidized Profits For You “Economic development subsidy” is defined very broadly, but shall not include expenditures of public funds by, or loss of revenue to, the local agency for the purpose of providing housing affordable to persons and families of low or moderate income, […]
California Democratic Party Calls For Withdrawal From Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Resolution 13-07.11 WHEREAS, the trade agreement known as Trans Pacific Partnership is being negotiated in secret, and opponents in the labor and environmental communities argue that it would give new enforceable monopolistic rights and privileges to multi-national corporations, and establish limits on sovereign governments’ ability […]
Trans Pacific Partnership – Free Trade The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated by nine countries: The United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Although the TPP covers a wide range of issues, this site focuses on the TPP’s intellectual property (IP) […]
Los Angeles City Council members Tom LaBonge and Mitch Englander… seek support for a statewide ballot measure to provide funding to cities for earthquake safety improvements. The resolution, proposed Friday by and seconded by asks the City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti to support or sponsor state legislation that would help fund local seismic safety […]
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Tim Donnelly Guns For Colleagues Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, center, flanked by Tim Knight and Jennifer Kerns, founder of Free California, announced that they are considering a recall campaign against five Democratic state lawmakers for their support of gun control bills in California, during a news conference in Sacramento. Emboldened […]
Voter Guides - Slate Card Alert ... Know What You Are Buying? The 2012 statistics are only available for the primary election but they show that ...
Cities can create the equality our state and federal governments can’t Few of us have hope that the federal government can get anything done. The partisan poli...
Campaign Finance Reform Starts At The Local Level The Ethics Commission in Los Angeles proposes an increase in public funding available to candidates seek...
Political Reform and Publicly Financed Campaigns Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Sen. Leland Yee campaigned on transparency. According ...
Recruit Volunteers for Your Political Campaign The strength of any local campaign lies in the volunteers. Budget constraints can often be overcome ...