A carnival/festival based event created to empower young entrepreneurs to voting and registering their businesses in the state of California.
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 »
The (now defunct) "Six Californias" idea was very interesting. I wondered who drew the lines, why they were drawn there, and especially disturbing: who named the resulting states. I liked the idea otherwise, and feel a better first step is to find commonality amongst a region within California that has a distinct difference to rally behind. With 1-in-8 Americans calling California home (38 million people), no policy, ...more »
Politicians know that information is power, so they often prefer to limit public scrutiny in order to achieve more favorable outcomes for themselves and the special interest groups that support them. The California Legislature Transparency Act, which may be on the ballot this fall, counters the strong incentives facing elected officials to conceal legislative proceedings by requiring that the public have more access ...more »
There is no reason for California to maintain a bicameral legislature. Since the Reynolds v. Sims ruling, state Upper and Lower houses in most US states have been effectively identical, and nowhere more so than in California, where the Senate is merely a half-sized copy of the Assembly with arbitrarily differing powers. It would be only sensible, in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and fairness, to consolidate ...more »
The most critical fiscal problem facing state and local governments is skyrocketing defined-benefit pension costs, which are squeezing out traditional services such as police, fire, schools, infrastructure, and libraries. One important policy reform needed in California is for state and local governments to switch employees to 401(k) retirement accounts going forward, a switch that most private-sector companies did years ...more »
FEDERATION UNIVERSITY = "The Creation of Post-Capitalism, the Upgrading of the Global Operating System & the Creation of a Highly Enlightened World Federation" Federation University (FU) The World Unification Project (WUP) Personality Transformation Sessions (PTS) ENLIGHTENED #PlanetaryRepublic #WorldFederation #GlobalNetwork to precipitate World Peace & Prosperity ✿ A NEW WORLD VISION ✿ "The Creation of ...more »
Instead of six new states, create six new Provinces using the same plan as the proposed Six Californias. Drastically reduce the size and power of the State government by transferring most of the authority to the Provinces. There is a proposal to do this in New York State.
SmartProcure’s database contains hundreds of millions of local, state and federal purchase order records. This information can be used to find products, research pricing, verify vendors, ensure compliance, provide data to your citizens and benchmark your performance internally and externally. SmartSearch is SmartProcure's web-based tool that makes it easy to find a product’s best price, identify and validate vendors, ...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 »
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 »
Government departments have perverse incentives to excessively fine people and confiscate property via civil forfeiture. A constitutional amendment, requiring that any fines or fees be either given to the state treasury or returned to tax payers via tax refunds, would fix this problem. Without the ability to fund their departments via excessive fees, parking tickets, traffic tickets, civil forfeiture, and other seizures, ...more »