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 »
Fix California Challenge
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 »
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 »
When we vote for laws, we have no idea who is representing us. We need an easier way to connect with our representatives and avoid burocratic obstacles. I propose a platform for learning about our reps and video chatting directly with these officials.
FEDERATION UNIVERSITY = "The Creation of Post-Capitalism, the Upgrading of the Global Operating System & the Creation of a Highly Enlightened World Federation" Federation University (FU) The World Unification Project (WUP) Personality Transformation Sessions (PTS) ENLIGHTENED #PlanetaryRepublic #WorldFederation #GlobalNetwork to precipitate World Peace & Prosperity ✿ A NEW WORLD VISION ✿ "The Creation of ...more »
This idea is geared towards people between the age 18 and 28 (currently voting less than 9% of the time) so that their voices are heard and more accurately represented in the legislative process. Non-presidential voting issues would be presented in a persons newsfeed, similar to a sponsored add on Facebook, but the voting box would have a special "Government Sponsored" tag letting users know that this was ...more »
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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While preparing my income taxes I discovered that the depreciation schedules for real estate investments are different for federal and state tax returns. Why is this? I also looked at five past tax returns and discovered that my California income tax was around 30% of my federal obligation. We could greatly simplify the California tax code by having individuals (and maybe even corporations?) file out a one page California ...more »
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 »
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 »