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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
"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 »
An act, to be submitted for approved in the 2016 Ballot, to increase the ratio of representation in California by limiting the number of citizens each elected legislator may represent to 5000 (per State Senator) and 10,000 (per State Assembly member). There will be 3 beneficial results. First, elections will be conducted locally, door-to-door and on social media, without massive TV, radio and billboard campaigns. The ...more »
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 »
Every candidate needs our vote to be elected but after election they become owned by corporations and lobbyists to do their bidding. The poor voter cannot compete with the billions of dollars that corporations and lobbyists can afford to spread around. And our representatives will never pass any kind of meaningful campaign reform. Therefore, I propose the following FAIR CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM (a California Constitutional ...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 »
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 »
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.