Before and After: California’s Drought in Satellite Photos
This visualization illustrates how California's water levels in 2014 have declined compared to 2006 utilizing Google Earth satellite imagery.
Why Income Inequality Studies Can’t Seem to Agree
It seems new studies on income inequality are coming out every week. Here's what you need to know to understand them.
The Juice, Ep. 01 : CA High-Speed Rail: Train to Nowhere?
Welcome to The Juice, California Common Sense’s new podcast. The Juice delivers smart policy discussions directly to your earbuds. Our guest is Christian Edwards, who expresses his not-so-apologetic disapproval of High-Speed Rail, and we parse out the issues at stake.
Medicaid Misallocation: How the Federal Government Miscalculates State Funding Needs
This analysis finds that although the current federal formula uses PCI to reflect a state’s financial resources and Medicaid needs, it is represents both poorly. We present a Revised FMAP for each state by replacing PCI with alternate indicators that better reflect both state financial resources and Medicaid needs. The revised formula dramatically alters the FMAP for many states.
The Open Records Initiative
CACS is proud to announce the launch of the Open Records Initiative (ORI). ORI is a web-based platform that provides the public with free electronic access to nearly 20,000 records for local, state, and federal governments.
I wish that when I was working in government I had a tool like the data transparency portal that California Common Sense has created, because it helps both politicians and citizens understand how the state operates. Their open data projects take a major step toward a more transparent, accountable, and efficient government.Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Former Mayor of San Francisco
I believe CACS can serve as the catalyst for a revolution in how citizens interface with our government, not only in California but also in cities, counties, and states throughout America. These Stanford students have the tools and passion required to enact their mission. I urge you to join me in supporting CACS to better our state and country’s governance.”George Shultz
Former Secretary of State
By creating a relationship between elected officials and the public based on data and accountability, CACS gets us back to the roots of the democratic process. Our system works best when citizens and politicians can effectively exchange ideas and work together to bring about change. If you believe in a thriving, vibrant democracy, join me in supporting CACS.Roberta AchtenbergFormer Clinton HUD Assistant Secretary and SF County Supervisor
California Common Sense is a non-partisan non-profit thinktank dedicated to opening government to the public, developing data-driven policy analysis, and educating citizens about how their governments work.