The Common Denominator

John Cox
Chairman and President of Change California, Inc.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won their respective primaries in New Hampshire.   Not a surprise. What was a bit of a surprise was the common theme in their election night speeches.  They both paid quite a bit of attention to a burning issue that has appeared to ignite the electorate this election season; the purchase […]

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Legislators Wearing Badges with Donors’ Names a Serious Proposal

John Cox
Chairman and President of Change California, Inc.

Requiring Legislators to wear sponsors’ names is a first step in addressing a serious problem. Last week, Rescue California Foundation filed an initiative that might generate some smiles but is an entirely serious step in changing the structure of a broken and corrupt legislature election system. Our initiative, called the Name All Sponsors California Accountability […]

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California’s Political Earthquake On Its Way

John Cox
Chairman and President of Change California, Inc.

California is facing an uncertain future – and it’s not an earthquake, despite a current blockbuster movie. There’s a water crisis, an education system declared woeful by a state judge and soaring costs on all levels – water, utilities, energy, housing and taxes. These could all be eclipsed by the huge elephant in the room […]

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Still Pursuing the Neighborhood Legislature

John Cox
Chairman and President of Change California, Inc.

Rescue California Foundation, a 501c(4) foundation dedicated to better state government, filed with the California Attorney General’s office our request for title and summary of the Neighborhood Legislature Reform Act, to be placed on the ballot in 2016. It’s the third time we’ve filed, because of the exigencies of the state elections system, but the […]

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Results Are In! Voters Stayed Away.

John Cox
Chairman and President of Change California, Inc.

The recently completed election in California was more than just a wave election.  It was a watershed in a trend that has been building for the past several decades; the exit of the informed and interested voter. Sure, there was a lot of political discussion.  Nonstop chatter on the cable news shows.  Tons of political […]

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Neighborhood Legislature Initiative is a Game Changer for CA Politics

John Cox
Chairman and President of Change California, Inc.

A change of politically seismic proportions is about to hit the California governmental landscape.  The Neighborhood Legislature Reform Act has received its title and summary and is now ready for signature collection.  Once enacted, Californians of all political views – and no political views – are going to find this to be the greatest transfer […]

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Neighborhood Legislature Would Revolutionize CA Government

John Cox
Chairman and President of Change California, Inc.

In the midst of the recent government shutdown, polls showed that a full 78% of the electorate wanted to vote out ALL incumbent members of Congress.  While California’s government wasn’t shut down – it is controlled by one party so this is not a realistic possibility – its legislature doesn’t fare much better in most […]

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In Search of the Missing 9 Million

John Cox
Chairman and President of Change California, Inc.

The election results are in, and the postmortem examination has been all over the Internet. Generally grim news for conservatives and Republicans in California.  Most of the analysis has focused on broadening appeals to minorities and women. That may well bear fruit but I wanted to focus on something else – the voters that didn’t […]

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Symptoms and Diseases – Real Reform Needed in Sacramento

John Cox
Chairman and President of Change California, Inc.

California’s business environment is sick.  Curing it will take strong medicine – not just treating symptoms but curing the originating disease. We read constantly the stories – businesses moving out, cities failing, schools threatened with closure, state universities raising tuition and cutting scholarships. Huge deficit spending, out of control pensions, entrenched bureaucracies and red tape […]

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Think Long Council: Real Democracy is the Issue

John Cox
Chairman and President of Change California, Inc.

The recent recommendation from the Think Long committee – a virtuous attempt to rectify California’s dysfunction – of an elite “Jedi” council (per Joe Mathews) really highlights the most glaring problem facing California – a lack of democracy. You thought the problem was runaway spending, regulation and taxes.  No.  Those are symptoms.  They’re not the […]

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