Category: 2015 Fix California Challenge

Digital Democracy:

Every year under the dome of California's state capital, 120 full-time lawmakers along with more than 2,000 full-time staff and 130 committees gather to craft policies affecting the state's 38 million residents and the world’s 8th largest economy. These lawmakers introduce an average of 5,000 bills each legislative session, creating a booming industry for the state's 1,100 registered lobbyists. But given the size of ...more »

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California Net Party

The creation of the political system as it exists today is based on the technological shortcomings of the past, namely an inability to transfer information/data long distances in a timely manner. However, with today's technologies, namely the internet and cell phone, we are able to instantly receive and respond to any type of information. With that being said, why do we still need elected representatives, whose jobs are ...more »

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Partially Proportional, Partially District Based Legislature

The basic idea: bring the best of district-based representative and proportional representation into one modern system. Our districts in the legislature are too big: 900,000 in the Senate, 400,000 in the Assembly. This is unique in the country.* This proposal is based on the belief that smaller districts are more democratic and representative to save space, that argument has been best made here: http://www.democracyjournal.org/8/6587.php). ...more »

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Fix water leaks with higher tech

There are proven technologies to detect water leaks in metropolitan areas. They claim "for every $1 spent on reducing leaks $5 worth of water can be saved." Now that's a good return on investment ratio. Please see an example at http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2015-01-08/takadu-helps-israel-be-a-most-efficient-water-manager Maybe a VC firm can front the money for the equipment and reap the water savings as the ...more »

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Athenian Democracy for the 21st Century

Our districts in the legislature are too big: 900,000 in the Senate, 400,000 in the Assembly. This means big money rules and seats rarely change hands. Here's how to fix it: 1. Turn the assembly into a "People's Assembly" or "Citizen's Assembly." These would be at-home representatives (they wouldn't work in Sacramento), who would vote for legislation using technology specifically crafted to enable mass voting--tablets ...more »

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CA Results: Performance Dashboard by Every Local Government

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 »

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Simply the Basics

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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