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 »
Have the legislature work (meet and consider legislation) year-round, not just 8 months a year. Space legislative deadlines farther apart so committees have time to thoughtfully and publicly consider each bill. Eliminate bill limits so that every-day citizens, not just powerful lobbys, have a chance of convincing a legislator to introduce a bill that actually solves a problem. Require a roll call vote on every bill in ...more »
California imposes strict laws governing transparency and accountability for agencies, counties, cities, and schools. However, it has exempted itself from many of these laws. This has reduced the ability for the press and the public to engage the legislature. As a result the balance of power has moved decidedly in the favor of powerful well-connected special interests with their armies of lobbyists who walk the halls ...more »
Unfortunately, a recall is extortion, forcing an elected official to spend his or her campaign funds fighting the recall, so there's not enough left to campaign during the next election. Even if the targeted official fights the recall successfully, he or she still loses the next election. As a result, the official is under extreme pressure to cave in to the promoters of the recall. That can be solved as follows: The ...more »
A downloadable app that, based on your zip code, contains all the local, state and federal officials who represent you and enables you to email and text your questions, comments, issues..to as many or as few of your reps at once by just clicking on them. No more trying to identify your reps; no more writing the same message to multiple reps via their individual websites.
Three Strikes and Your Out Subject: The California Constitution requires that every member of the Legislature shall swear or affirm an Oath of Office prior to performing duties of their respective offices. Every member of the Legislature must swear or affirm to “Support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and "and ...more »
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 »