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Four Californias

Four Californians allows counties that border Nevada, Arizona and Oregon to determine which state they wish to affiliate. The idea is simple. The counties that border neighboring states have the right vote to succeed from California and join that state. Once the Neighboring state agrees to accept them, we will redraw the borders to reflect the new state boundaries. California needs a refresh. Our public schools ...more »

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Better representation along Sierra-Nevada mountains

The (now defunct) "Six Californias" idea was very interesting. I wondered who drew the lines, why they were drawn there, and especially disturbing: who named the resulting states. I liked the idea otherwise, and feel a better first step is to find commonality amongst a region within California that has a distinct difference to rally behind. With 1-in-8 Americans calling California home (38 million people), no policy, ...more »

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Break up our electoral college votes by county or popular vote

In every election I've seen, politicians only come to California with their hand out and give us nothing in return. In the meantime, "battle ground" states are flooded with billions of dollars to sway their votes because of the competitive split of voters . Desperate politicians pay attention to those states and focus all their promises and money on them. Democrats take California for granted and Republicans write off ...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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Fix California's Water Infrastructure and Save the Delta

SolAgra is committed to solving the major water issues in the Delta. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the water conveyance system of the State and Central Valley Water Projects have required major improvements for more than 40 years. Three major revisions to the conveyance system have been proposed by the State since 1978. Unfortunately, all three proposals have been essentially the same concept - divert water from ...more »

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End Gerrymandering ! Redistrict based on mathematical algorithm.

Gerrymandering is a very big problem. And the citizen's redistricting commission helped, but did not make it go away. Whenever people are involved in the process there will be compromises, there will be "Horse Trading", there will be millions of dollars, and years of lost time. What if I told you that there is a way to end gerrymandering, save millions of dollars, and get the process done in days instead of years. ...more »

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Bring actual democracy to the U.S.A.

California and the United States are Republics, not true democratic states, due to vote count distortions like first past the post and gerrymandered districts, which all mathematically decay into single party +1 states of unequal representation. Well known voting methods that require only trivial ballot changes, studied by institutions like The Center For Election Science, can mitigate the effects and unearned power ...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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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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Reduce Redundancy, Add Innovation: Prohibit Zombie Bills in CA

Streamline legislative process by prohibiting consideration of any bill that is substantially similar to a previous bill that has previously been defeated in Assembly or Senate, vetoed, or overturned by a court. (This would be a prohibition of "zombie bills" in CA.) This will substantially free up time in the Legislature to focus on innovation while reducing redundancy and taxpayer burden. In each legislative session, ...more »

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Prohibit government departments funding themselves via fines

Government departments have perverse incentives to excessively fine people and confiscate property via civil forfeiture. A constitutional amendment, requiring that any fines or fees be either given to the state treasury or returned to tax payers via tax refunds, would fix this problem. Without the ability to fund their departments via excessive fees, parking tickets, traffic tickets, civil forfeiture, and other seizures, ...more »

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Using big data to hold politicians accountable

We are increasing voter turnout by giving people a fast, fun, and easy way to become informed. Simply answer a few questions to find which candidates support the same things you do, and have a track record to back it up. Essentially, it's tinder for politics. The platform we've developed only recently became possible. Thanks to new open data initiatives, we now have access to up-to-the-minute governmental and political ...more »

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quality programs for laws

To protect the safety and well being of the public, governmental regulatory agencies enforce high standards of quality for the useful goods and services of major US industries. Let’s expand these quality standards to include laws of government (statutes, regulations, ordinances…), for the same reason. For example, quality design standards for legislative bills would block frivolous and pork barrel laws, and a competent ...more »

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