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 »
"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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
We cap the amount that candidates can spend during their campaign at the amount they would get paid for their term in office. We tie this to ballot accessibility, meaning : If you go over, you are off the ballot. Here is the max spending breakdown by office: US Senate : $1,044,000 US House: $348,000 CA Governor: $731,000 CA Senate: $600,000 CA Assembly: $200,000 Right now the Average cost for most of those campaigns ...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 »