SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Moving California Forward: Addressing the need for long-term structural reform

"California continues to face unprecedented budget challenges. While much
attention is paid to the problems arising from short-term deficits,
groups are also focusing on the need for long-term structural reform.
The group leading a statewide effort is California Forward, a
politically and geographically diverse leadership council working to
reform California’s fiscal, political and governance systems. With Fred
Silva
and Dennis Qurin of California Forward."

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Guest Commentary: How the Bay Area can rebuild a stronger, more resilient transit system

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