Super Committee for California's Initiative Process

November 22, 2011 · Filed Under Ballot Measures, CA Budget, CA Government, CA Politics · 10 Comments 

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Frustrated by the tendency of elected officials to kowtow to political pressure and the unchecked power of interest groups to write their own laws that never get revisited, California's latest governance reform effort proposes a new third way: a citizens panel empowered to place any measures on the statewide ballot that it wants -- even ones that slay sacred cows on the left and the right.
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A Conversation About The Crisis

December 8, 2009 · Filed Under CA Government, Elections · 2 Comments 

"It's very simple what people want," said Mark Baldassare. "People want progress."

That was the context for... and the motivation behind... a provocative two hour discussion on Friday morning at our KQED studios in San Francisco, a discussion among eight thoughtful veterans of the good and bad of government and public policy in California.
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Govt Reform For All To Love... And Hate

August 13, 2009 · Filed Under CA Government · Comments Off 

A bipartisan group of seasoned ex-politicians and policy wonks has settled on a package of government reform proposals while sending a pretty simple message to those inside the state Capitol: work with us or stand aside.

The leaders of the group California Forward sent a letter today to Governor Schwarzenegger and the leaders of the Legislature outlining a detailed set of proposals crafted after the group's long listening tour around the state.
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