"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."
--Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz
"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."
--Former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr.
"I would like to congratulate California Common Sense on an excellent and insightful report on how California's budget has evolved over the last half-decade. As the former Director of Finance, nothing in the report comes as a surprise. But for broader audiences, you've managed to describe it so accurately and pointedly."
--Former California Director of Finance Mike Genest
“California Common Sense has opened up the financial black box of state government, providing detailed expenditure and revenue data going back decades. But it’s clear that this isn’t a temporary effort—I expect CACS to be a major player in state and local policy for many years to come.”
--Former California Democrat Assemblyman Joe Nation
"The best overview of Stockton’s troubles comes from California Common Sense."
--Lead Writer for Bloomberg's The Ticker Josh Barro
"Californians are the solution to California’s problem. But for us to solve our problems we need to clearly understand where we stand and the trade-offs of the various options open to us. The data transparency portal California Common Sense is putting together will be an important tool to help us gain such a perspective and has the potential to be a ground-breaking model for governments everywhere. I look forward to the insights and solutions that emerge from CACS’s work.”
--Former California Republican Party Chairman Duf Sundheim
"California Common Sense is an outstanding organization. These Stanford students and alumni are using an innovative approach to open government and engage Californians in the effort to reform our state. As a former state controller, I recognize the tremendous value of CACS transparency tools to track and publicize the state's finances in easy to understand interactive visuals. I encourage you to support CACS because their groundbreaking work is an important part of the effort to fix California government."
--Former California State Controller Steve Westly
"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."
--Former HUD Assistant Secretary under Clinton and SF County Supervisor Roberta Achtenberg
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