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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How will CEQA Changes Modernize the California Economy?

Ed Coghlan
Contributing Editor & Special Correspondent, California Forward

The news about the California economy is less gloomy than it was a year ago. A look at some recent reporting shows a mixed bag, but with the trends in the right direction. CNBC reported that our state’s economy is definitely turning around. The story quotes California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer as saying that “half of […]

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The Asian American Vote is Growing in California

Ed Coghlan
Contributing Editor & Special Correspondent, California Forward

At California Forward, we read this article about the growing influence of the Asian American vote in California in the San Jose Mercury News this week and it made us curious. Since we are a non-partisan organization that promotes an informed electorate, we thought this was worth digging into. So we asked around who we […]

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