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Public Library Algorithm

Public libraries should have an algorithm to recommend books to readers, especially school age students.

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Re-Innovation of Education

Due to the fact the law has been passed to change the hourly wage to $15/hour we feel inflation will rise and it will cause an influx of unemployment, therefore developing an educational center focusing on building skills we can increase job opportunities.

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Participatory budgeting with voting with the tax you paid

The amount of tax you paid to the State of California is recorded on Participatory Budget System of the State of California. You log in with the your Social Security Number in the System. The amount of tax you paid to the system will be displaid. You can divide the tax you paid and vote whatever project/whatever sector of budget of State of California. E.g. You can pay the Governor or Legislator with the tax you paid ...more »

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SmartSeach

SmartProcure’s database contains hundreds of millions of local, state and federal purchase order records. This information can be used to find products, research pricing, verify vendors, ensure compliance, provide data to your citizens and benchmark your performance internally and externally. SmartSearch is SmartProcure's web-based tool that makes it easy to find a product’s best price, identify and validate vendors, ...more »

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Put cities in the driver's seat

The history of our nation's highway system abounds with the pitfalls of 'leadership from a distance’. Whether wiping out entire neighborhoods or enabling sprawling suburban development, we still feel the effects today. It’s time get back to building great cities by putting the power in the hands of local leaders: -Municipal leaders get 'veto' authority over transportation expenditures within city limits. -Cap state ...more »

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Stop the California Pension Tsunami

The most critical fiscal problem facing state and local governments is skyrocketing defined-benefit pension costs, which are squeezing out traditional services such as police, fire, schools, infrastructure, and libraries. One important policy reform needed in California is for state and local governments to switch employees to 401(k) retirement accounts going forward, a switch that most private-sector companies did years ...more »

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Simply the Basics

The Mission of Simply the Basics is to provide for an individual, organization, or community their most basic needs with dignity so that they can focus on bigger goals. People are often saying, "If only I had X, then I could improve my life." We simply remove barriers, allowing people to have the opportunity to achieve. According to Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, people are unable to focus on any needs higher ...more »

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Create a $2M fund for transparency for California State Agencies

Based on OpenGov’s success working with over a third of California cities and counties (in part from the successful 2015 IYS challenge grant), we propose that FixCA 2016 launch a $2 million fund to help California State Agencies adopt Transparency, Budget Intelligence, and Open-Source Open Data solutions to improve accountability, efficiency, and competition statewide. California spends more than any other state government: ...more »

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Make all votes count through fair Electoral College reform

California has the largest number of Electoral College votes in the United States with 55. Like all but two states (Maine & Nebraska), CA awards its EC votes on a winner-take-all basis, nullifying the votes of MILLIONS of Californians every presidential election (exact same outcome as the popular vote). Since CA is one of the few states that has an independent commission to draw congressional districts, now is the time ...more »

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Unicameral Legislature with Proportional Representation

There is no reason for California to maintain a bicameral legislature. Since the Reynolds v. Sims ruling, state Upper and Lower houses in most US states have been effectively identical, and nowhere more so than in California, where the Senate is merely a half-sized copy of the Assembly with arbitrarily differing powers. It would be only sensible, in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and fairness, to consolidate ...more »

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Drought Solution

Many parts of the US currently suffer from water shortages. Many countries around the world suffer from water shortages. My idea is to institute greywater reclamation systems and rainwater harvesting systems.

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Referendum

Referendum app with verified and user-friendly content.

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