"Bruce Ackerman and Ian Ayres build on the example of the secret ballot and propose a system of "secret donation booths" for campaign contributions. They unveil a plan in which the government provides each voter with a special credit card account containing fifty "Patriot dollars" for presidential elections. To use this money, citizens go to their local ATM machine and anonymously send their Patriot dollars to their favorite ...more »
To combat police militarization, and solve the problem of under-trained and overarmed police, municipal police forces should emphasize community policing, perhaps including unarmed constables. SWAT teams and other violent confrontation policing should be combined under a new state police force (perhaps a resurrected California Rangers), to ensure that training is complete and uniform, and that municipal forces can focus ...more »
Having two legislative bodies based on population doesn't make a whole lot of sense... the legislature then is it's just a bunch of overlapping districts. My idea is to eliminate the Senate AND double the number of Assemblymen per district. Votes get to cast only 1 vote for representation in their district. The candidates that finish first and second are elected. The primary election for Assembly is eliminated. ...more »
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 »
Note: I have been impressed by the other ideas that have reached the finalist stage. I believe that reforming ballot access will help pass the other finalists in future. Idea: Allowing local governments to propose and place ballot initiatives and amendments would strengthen local government and make it easier to place other worthy ideas on the ballot without needing Sacramento's support or that of a philanthropist. ...more »
Eliminate the state funded pension system, the public employees should not be entitled to any more benefits than those working in for-profit corporations.
The public employees can contribute to their own 403(b) plans just like the rest of us contribute to our 401(k) plans. The state can provide incentives thru matching contributions.
Constitutional amendment to remove the Attorney General from the process of writing state initiative measure ballot titles and summaries, and have this critical function carried out by an independent non-partisan body. The Attorney General is a partisan elected office in California. That makes the AG's role of writing ballot titles and summaries for proposed initiative measure submitted by the electorate (or the Legislature) ...more »
Right now if someone were to run for office they have to form a campaign committee. The committee is then responsible to pay any invoices for goods or services that are purchased for use by the campaign. Unfortunately what happens, A LOT MORE OFTEN THAT YOU WOULD THINK, is that the candidates actually never have any intention of paying for those goods and services. The contracts are written to the Committee -that ...more »
The San Mateo County Community College District Board’s financial model is not sustainable. It is time for the County of San Mateo to work with its businesses within its community to offer an education to its residents that will provide a job, not just a certificate. By forming a public – private partnership with its businesses, the College of San Mateo can be a corporate training center that will ensure students leave ...more »
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 »
The Universal Student Access (USA) Initiative breaks existing barriers to online and blended learning in California and ensures that every student has access to the courses required for admission to the university system. A UCLA study found that nearly 50% of California high school students attend schools that do not offer enough of the courses required for entrance to the state’s universities and colleges. Existing ...more »
Eliminate any control of the Department of Education over California schools. This would mean giving up federal money. Returning control to local school boards who would have the option of following federal guidelines or instituting their own standards. Mandate that school boards be made up of no less than a two thirds majority of individuals not employed or formerly employed by the school district, state, or federal ...more »