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 »
Fix California Challenge
Politicians know that information is power, so they often prefer to limit public scrutiny in order to achieve more favorable outcomes for themselves and the special interest groups that support them. The California Legislature Transparency Act, which may be on the ballot this fall, counters the strong incentives facing elected officials to conceal legislative proceedings by requiring that the public have more access ...more »
Return California to apart time legislature. Representives do not get a salery, pension, medical, other perks, just a stipend to cover costs for attending a legislative session once every 2 years.
Take away the profit and lifetime income and those representing us will be acting for the good of the State and the people.
Why are social networks built around your previous connections who you have friended or followed in the past? Do you want to meet new people based on your lifestyle on campus, in your city, or in your company? Thumbprint is a social network for communities. If you have a voting address, a student ID, or an employee ID, you can discover new groups and events in your community, instead of relying on your mutual friends ...more »
Referendum app with verified and user-friendly content.
The number one job for every government is to be communicate accurately and clearly with its stakeholders. This has become hard, despite initiatives like open data. Most government information is stuck in legacy systems, making it difficult for non-technical people to engage with the data. Elected officials and government staff are not able to push for data-driven policies. Public is not able to easily find out how the ...more »
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 »
Public libraries should have an algorithm to recommend books to readers, especially school age students.
Every time a robot comes online another job is lost. But remember-- jobs are a means to an end not an end in themselves. As tech progresses fewer people will be needed to complete tasks -- to "do jobs." Already it has been predicted that the job of a radiologist will be replaced by computers. The computers can do it better. There are a million Americans employed now as drivers. Self driving cars will eliminate those 1,000,000 ...more »
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 »
We are thinking the best way for the education in the future is school without grades. Right now tests, especially grade are big stress for students. The main idea for the school - we are studying for life, not only for the school!
When a local city agency wants to collect feedback from their citizens, they have a couple choices. They can use a completely open survey tool, which allows trolls from all over the world to generously participate. Or they can try to get citizens to verify their identity and location. A small city has few resources to implement this verification. And one citizen may not trust many separate government departments to ...more »