Rob Wassmer (January 2011): Service on CA Forward's Stakeholder Roundtable

The California Forward Stakeholder Roundtable is an important effort to help explore and refine a set of specific governance proposals to improve the state-local relationship. Our goal is to inform both the current discussions resulting from the Brown Administration's restructuring proposal, as well as additional reforms that may be needed to fully enable government to use innovation to improve results. These additional reforms could be advanced through the Legislature or a citizen's ballot initiative.  While Governor Brown and many leaders in the California Legislature are calling for "government closer to the people," crafting those changes to laws, regulation and practice is an incredibly complex task. Achieving fiscal balance is an important goal, but the greater opportunity is to align legal authorities, fiscal controls, best practices and financial incentives to steadily improve the quality of programs and the positive impact they provide to individuals, families and communities.   Roundtable conversations will be grounded in changes necessary to create innovation, improve outcomes, strengthen accountability and restore public trust.  The Roundtable is bringing together current and former governmental leaders from schools, counties and cities; academics, experts, advocates and civic leaders to encourage multi-disciplinary thinking and problem-solving. Four meetings are planned over the next few months to talk together ideas, suggestions and concerns.

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