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Lessons from Research: The California Rebuilding Fund is Helping Small Businesses Recover from the Pandemic

Earlier this month, California State Treasurer Fiona Ma and the Small Business Majority co-hosted a webinar on the California Rebuilding Fund, an innovative public-private partnership supporting the state’s small businesses. During the webinar, the Small Business Majority emphasized that even in normal times, small businesses have difficulty accessing capital programs that are free from exorbitant fees or pre-payment […]

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California Law Enforcement Training is Great but Could Be Better, Officers Say in Little Hoover Commission Survey

An overwhelming majority of California peace officers say their training is superior to that in other states, but strong majorities also say California should monitor training outcomes, incorporate research, and adjust curricula accordingly, the Little Hoover Commission finds in its latest Issue Brief. In the Brief, its newest resource for state policymakers that outlines current […]

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Little Hoover Commission: Meeting to Discuss Recall Reform

The Little Hoover Commission will hold a business meeting on Monday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. to discuss whether the Commission will hold hearings to study whether California’s recall system should be reformed. “As an independent, bipartisan oversight agency charged with finding ways to make state government better, our Commission can bring a unique perspective to […]

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Allow fully remote public meetings for more accessibility – Little Hoover Commission report

California can save taxpayer dollars and make state government more accessible and inclusive by allowing fully remote public meetings even after the pandemic ends, says the state’s independent government watchdog in its new report. In The Government of Tomorrow: Online Meetings, the Little Hoover Commission looks at the benefits of Governor Newsom’s March 2020 Executive […]

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Improve the State’s Election Infrastructure, Urges Little Hoover Commission

April 21, 2021 – California’s elections are free, fair, and secure, but the state can do more to improve its election infrastructure, the state’s independent government watchdog recommends in a new report. In California Election Infrastructure: Making a Good System Better, the Little Hoover Commission recommends creation of an open source voting system and the statewide […]

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California Renters, Landlords, and Homeowners Struggling Due to COVID-19 Impacts, Little Hoover Commission Finds

Thousands of renters, landlords, and homeowners across California – particularly those of color – are struggling to make their housing payments amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Little Hoover Commission explains in its latest Issue Brief. The Brief, the Commission’s newest resource for state policymakers that outlines current research without making policy recommendations, examines the impact […]

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California Must Act Now to Better Support Job Training and Reskilling for Workers Impacted By the Pandemic, Little Hoover Commission Says

February 16, 2021 – California’s job training system is a patchwork quilt that must be streamlined and better matched to employer needs in order to help workers displaced by the COVID pandemic, according to a new report from the state’s independent government watchdog. The report from the Little Hoover Commission notes that as of late 2020, […]

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Little Hoover Commission Issues a Roadmap for Developing Robust California Policies on Artificial Intelligence

November 28, 2018 – The Little Hoover Commission issued Artificial Intelligence: A Roadmap for California. A competitive race is underway to develop and use AI technologies, which could increase the global economy by $13 trillion dollars. Commission Chair Pedro Nava said, “Between now and 2030, AI technologies could have an economic impact in California of […]

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Little Hoover Commission Urges Culture Change to Stop Catastrophic Fires and Tree Deaths

February 5, 2018 – The Little Hoover Commission released a new report, available here, Monday, calling for a dramatic culture change in the way forests are managed to curb a disastrous cycle of wildfire and tree deaths. Instead of focusing almost solely on fire suppression, the state must institute wide-scale controlled burns and other strategic […]

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Little Hoover Commission plans year-long review of California tree die-offs and forest management

November 22, 2016 – The Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan citizen-driven state government oversight body, announced plans Tuesday to conduct public hearings during 2017 on forest management and California tree die-offs that have reached 102 million and are expected to climb. The review will assess efforts by state agencies to manage the problem and coordinate […]

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Little Hoover Commission Issues Second Call to Strengthen Oversight of $2 Billion Annual Millionaire’s Tax – Proposition 63

September 8, 2016 – The Little Hoover Commission, in a report sent Thursday to Governor Brown and the Legislature, again advised more vigorous accounting for $2 billion in annual revenues and outcomes for Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (also known as the Millionaire’s Tax). Nineteen months ago the Commission cited weak financial reporting […]

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