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 »
While preparing my income taxes I discovered that the depreciation schedules for real estate investments are different for federal and state tax returns. Why is this? I also looked at five past tax returns and discovered that my California income tax was around 30% of my federal obligation. We could greatly simplify the California tax code by having individuals (and maybe even corporations?) file out a one page California ...more »
Streamline legislative process by prohibiting consideration of any bill that is substantially similar to a previous bill that has previously been defeated in Assembly or Senate, vetoed, or overturned by a court. (This would be a prohibition of "zombie bills" in CA.) This will substantially free up time in the Legislature to focus on innovation while reducing redundancy and taxpayer burden. In each legislative session, ...more »
When we vote for laws, we have no idea who is representing us. We need an easier way to connect with our representatives and avoid burocratic obstacles. I propose a platform for learning about our reps and video chatting directly with these officials.
SolAgra is committed to solving the major water issues in the Delta. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the water conveyance system of the State and Central Valley Water Projects have required major improvements for more than 40 years. Three major revisions to the conveyance system have been proposed by the State since 1978. Unfortunately, all three proposals have been essentially the same concept - divert water from ...more »
Due to the fact the law has been passed to change the hourly wage to $15/hour we feel inflation will rise and it will cause an influx of unemployment, therefore developing an educational center focusing on building skills we can increase job opportunities.
California has many forms that a business has to fill out. They don't accept most of these forms online, and thus must be filled out by had and mailed in. It is also hard to find which forms need to be filled out. There should be a website so that these forms can be filled out online with autofill, good design, and ease of use. The website-owning-organization would then print out the paper forms in the format that the ...more »
In every election I've seen, politicians only come to California with their hand out and give us nothing in return. In the meantime, "battle ground" states are flooded with billions of dollars to sway their votes because of the competitive split of voters . Desperate politicians pay attention to those states and focus all their promises and money on them. Democrats take California for granted and Republicans write off ...more »
Why are social networks built around your previous connections who you have friended or followed in the past? Do you want to meet new people based on your lifestyle on campus, in your city, or in your company? Thumbprint is a social network for communities. If you have a voting address, a student ID, or an employee ID, you can discover new groups and events in your community, instead of relying on your mutual friends ...more »
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Every time a robot comes online another job is lost. But remember-- jobs are a means to an end not an end in themselves. As tech progresses fewer people will be needed to complete tasks -- to "do jobs." Already it has been predicted that the job of a radiologist will be replaced by computers. The computers can do it better. There are a million Americans employed now as drivers. Self driving cars will eliminate those 1,000,000 ...more »
Based on OpenGov’s success working with over a third of California cities and counties (in part from the successful 2015 IYS challenge grant), we propose that FixCA 2016 launch a $2 million fund to help California State Agencies adopt Transparency, Budget Intelligence, and Open-Source Open Data solutions to improve accountability, efficiency, and competition statewide. California spends more than any other state government: ...more »