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California Auditor Issues Report On “Improper Activities” Revealed By Whistleblowers

Ed Coghlan
Contributing Editor & Special Correspondent, California Forward

“For democracies to work, elected leaders need to be responsive and representative, and voters must be able to hold elected officials accountable for results. Democratic integrity requires an electoral process that empowers voters and gives candidates and incumbents the incentives to listen and lead. It requires transparency throughout the government so voters have an accurate […]

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California Lawmakers Reflect On Effects Of Top-Two Primary At Upcoming Summit

Ed Coghlan
Contributing Editor & Special Correspondent, California Forward

The subject of California’s top-two primary is expected to draw up to 200 people on August 19 in Sacramento. That’s when the Independent Voter Project and California Forward are sponsoring a daylong discussion of the electoral reform, which is now five years old. “The goal was to elect candidates who would be reasonable, pragmatic and open […]

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How Government Can Work Even Better—-A Bipartisan View

Ed Coghlan
Contributing Editor & Special Correspondent, California Forward

“There are many issues and problems in California that can be dealt with successfully if we work together in a nonpartisan way.” Those words from former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed help explain why he is participating in a series of bipartisan conversations across California with Pete Peterson, executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership […]

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California Legislature Sending The Wrong Message By Blocking SCA 17

Ed Coghlan
Contributing Editor & Special Correspondent, California Forward

The California Legislature missed a couple of opportunities this month to help restore the public’s trust in government. Senate leader Darrell Steinberg’s effort to withhold the salaries of suspended lawmakers will not make it onto the November 2014 ballot. Steinberg proposed the constitutional amendment in response to criminal allegations against a trio of senators. While […]

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Progress Report on California’s Efforts to Restore Trust in Government

Ed Coghlan
Contributing Editor & Special Correspondent, California Forward

Restoring public trust in California’s Legislature is critical. We’ve watched as three State Senators have been indicted (one convicted). The case that grabbed the most headlines was the one involving Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco who is under federal indictment for gun running. While all three were eventually suspended with pay, the feeling was […]

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Leon Panetta’s Recipe For Good Governance Is To Remember Who You Work For

Ed Coghlan
Contributing Editor & Special Correspondent, California Forward

Three months into 2014 and three California State Senators have had brushes with the law. Needless to say, public confidence in elected officials is shaken. It’s understandable, but like any setback in life, it’s also an opportunity to reflect and change for the better.

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Legislators: Act Now to Restore Public Trust in Government

Ed Coghlan
Contributing Editor & Special Correspondent, California Forward

When State Senators get arrested, indicted and convicted, as a trio has in California this calendar year, it shakes the public’s confidence in our government. And rightly so. That’s why California Forward (CA Fwd) is calling on legislators to take immediate action on implementing reforms to restore public trust in government. Our Path Toward Trust (which […]

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California Infrastructure—the Next California Budget Challenge?

Ed Coghlan
Contributing Editor & Special Correspondent, California Forward

Drive over the state’s bumpy roads, think about how old our bridges are, and take a look at the condition of your neighborhood school’s buildings. Try to get an internet connection while you’re at it. What does all this have in common? It’s all part of California’s infrastructure—the vital, long-neglected backbone of the state’s economy, […]

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California Says to China “Here We Come”

Ed Coghlan
Contributing Editor & Special Correspondent, California Forward

California’s unofficial state song famously opens with the words “California Here I Come.” This week, it might be revised to say “China, Here We Come.” Governor Jerry Brown is leading a delegation of Californians to China this week in order to promote the Golden State as a place for Chinese investment.

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Transparency in California Treading Toward More Openness?

Ed Coghlan
Contributing Editor & Special Correspondent, California Forward

Good government groups are using Sunshine Week to make the case for more transparent California state elections. And bills promoting more transparency are in the hopper in Sacramento. The California League of Women Voters and Common Cause are sponsoring the Sunshine in Campaigns Act, a package of bills designed to bring more light to who […]

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