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Rebuilding our public facilities: California Forward’s smart investment strategy

Rebuilding our public facilities: California Forward’s smart investment strategy
State needs to invest $700 billion in infrastructure in the next decade READ MORE »


California demographic changes demand new way to pay for infrastructure

California demographic changes demand new way to pay for infrastructure

California's population on collision course with funding shortfall Read More »

Time to do something about California’s infrastructure

Time to do something about California’s infrastructure

Bridge collapse puts spotlight on aging infrastructure everywhere Read More »

California infrastructure grades are in: “Needs Improvement”

California infrastructure grades are in: “Needs Improvement”

Most roads in need of repair, cost almost $14 billion in car repairs Read More »

Featured Research

"3-D" Infrastructure: Building the Next California
by Mark Pisano
Senior Fellow, Price School of Policy, USC

With the state’s aging population likely likely to put a strain on budgets, the perennial funding gaps infrastructure projects face are likely to get even wider. The solution: Empowering a range of new local entities with the authority to shake up the traditional financing of infrastructure. 

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A Public-Private Infrastructure Cooperative for California
by Julie Kim, BeneTellus; Christopher D. Pettit, Blue Haystack, Inc.; Ashby H.B. Monk, Stanford University - Global Projects Center

California must look for a new approach to financing its infrastructure needs. One proposal would involve changing the business model of the state’s existing “infrastructure bank,” which has financed some $32 billion worth of projects over its 13-year history—but could do much more.

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How Experts View the Problem
by California Forward and the California Economic Summit

For the last 15 years, experts have wrestled with how to meet the state’s infrastructure challenge. Their proposals share three things in common: They focus on results, integrating efforts statewide, and finding new ways to pay for it.

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Reporting — Infrastructure

May 06, 2014 by Justin Ewers

Missing from this year’s water debate: Celeste Cantú knows a cheaper, better way

Why cities in Santa Ana watershed mostly unaffected by drought so far Read More »

For first time in 30 years, California making almost no investments in affordable housing
April 23, 2014 by Justin Ewers

For first time in 30 years, California making almost no investments in affordable housing

It doesn’t have to be that way Read More »

Straight talk on gas tax: Vehicle miles fee a better approach?
April 15, 2014 by Rick Bishop

Straight talk on gas tax: Vehicle miles fee a better approach?

Looking for new ways to fund California's transportation network Read More »

Who should distribute billions for water projects—and how?
March 21, 2014 by Justin Ewers

Who should distribute billions for water projects—and how?

One water bond proposal avoids earmarks and distributes funds differently Read More »

Local agencies need new tools to support infrastructure needs of the economy
March 20, 2014 by Mark Pisano

Local agencies need new tools to support infrastructure needs of the economy

Tweaks to governor's proposal would yield better funding for projects Read More »

Eleven Summit ideas for reacting to California drought while advancing sustainable prosperity
February 25, 2014 by Justin Ewers

Eleven Summit ideas for reacting to California drought while advancing sustainable prosperity

Response to water crisis demands long view, results Read More »

Embracing critical review, Caltrans details modernizing agency
February 10, 2014 by Justin Ewers

Embracing critical review, Caltrans details modernizing agency

Reforms align with Summit infrastructure goals Read More »

Los Angeles thinks outside the box at tackling sidewalk disrepair
February 06, 2014 by Matthew Grant Anson

Los Angeles thinks outside the box at tackling sidewalk disrepair

The plan revives a 50/50 program introduced in 2004 Read More »

California drought and water bonds loom large at environmental meeting
February 03, 2014 by Justin Ewers

California drought and water bonds loom large at environmental meeting

Discussing the 4 R's and the water crisis Read More »

Paying for California water action plan beyond the drought
January 27, 2014 by John Guenther

Paying for California water action plan beyond the drought

Getting creative needed to push state's water system into future Read More »

What will be in Governor Brown’s five-year infrastructure plan?
January 09, 2014 by Justin Ewers

What will be in Governor Brown’s five-year infrastructure plan?

Proposed budget gives glimpse into Brown's priorities Read More »

Road Work Ahead: The year in California’s infrastructure news
December 30, 2013 by Justin Ewers and John Guenther

Road Work Ahead: The year in California’s infrastructure news

Looking ahead to 2014's biggest stories in infrastructure Read More »

Los Angeles transportation needs more bang for buck
December 18, 2013 by Matthew Grant Anson

Los Angeles transportation needs more bang for buck

How far you get in LA less important than what you get to Read More »

San Diego ready to tackle infrastructure plagued by potholes
December 17, 2013 by Cheryl Getuiza

San Diego ready to tackle infrastructure plagued by potholes

First ever long-term plan moves through city council Read More »

Summit sends Governor letter outlining strategy for infrastructure crisis
December 13, 2013 by Justin Ewers

Summit sends Governor letter outlining strategy for infrastructure crisis

Plan would hold projects accountable with metrics Read More »

VIDEO: California economy only as good as its infrastructure
December 12, 2013 by Cheryl Getuiza

VIDEO: California economy only as good as its infrastructure

Infrastructure is a signature initiative of the Summit Read More »

Bond would address holey streets in the City of Angels
November 27, 2013 by Matthew Grant Anson

Bond would address holey streets in the City of Angels

Measure to fix L.A. roads moving through City Council Read More »

Road repair ballot initiative would raise $3 billion a year. Even that’s not enough.
November 21, 2013 by Justin Ewers

Road repair ballot initiative would raise $3 billion a year. Even that’s not enough.

License fee increase would drop into infrastructure gap Read More »

Los Angeles one step closer to citywide Wi-Fi
November 19, 2013 by Matthew Grant Anson

Los Angeles one step closer to citywide Wi-Fi

LA would join San Jose and Riverside Read More »

San Diego putting potholes, sidewalks on to-do list
November 18, 2013 by Cheryl Getuiza

San Diego putting potholes, sidewalks on to-do list

City Council walks the walk on fixing infrastructure backlog Read More »

How to rebuild the state’s aging transportation and water system: An infrastructure plan
October 29, 2013 by Justin Ewers

How to rebuild the state’s aging transportation and water system: An infrastructure plan

Roads and water at high risk Read More »

Plan for Valley looks to rewrite L.A.‘s car centrism
October 24, 2013 by Matthew Grant Anson

Plan for Valley looks to rewrite L.A.‘s car centrism

Revamped transit & housing plan for San Fernando Valley sets standard Read More »

So, how long is your commute?
October 23, 2013 by Ed Coghlan

So, how long is your commute?

Standing at the intersection of housing, jobs and transportation Read More »

A new economic strategy for California: A summary of the 2013 Summit Action Plans
October 14, 2013 by Justin Ewers

A new economic strategy for California: A summary of the 2013 Summit Action Plans

Breaking down what issues the Summit is tackling Read More »

New legislation sets sights on closing the digital divide
October 11, 2013 by Christopher Nelson

New legislation sets sights on closing the digital divide

The Internet isn't as widespread as you might think. Read More »

A new plan for taking on California’s “high-risk” infrastructure challenge
October 10, 2013 by Mark Pisano, Sean Randolph and Kim Walesh

A new plan for taking on California’s “high-risk” infrastructure challenge

Steps to shore up state's crumbling roads and transit systems Read More »

State Auditor eyes California’s crumbling infrastructure in assessment of state
October 01, 2013 by Matthew Grant Anson

State Auditor eyes California’s crumbling infrastructure in assessment of state

Infrastructure is a high-risk issue Read More »

Water bonds, still in early stages, bob toward 2014 ballot
September 27, 2013 by Justin Ewers

Water bonds, still in early stages, bob toward 2014 ballot

Legislature building a better water bond, out of shadow of Delta Tunnel plan Read More »

A new (old) way to pay for upgrades to California’s water system
September 26, 2013 by Stan Hazelroth

A new (old) way to pay for upgrades to California’s water system

Fixing the state's aging water infrastructure needs some leverage to get done Read More »

Oakland introduces color to bike lanes to increase safety
September 25, 2013 by Cheryl Getuiza

Oakland introduces color to bike lanes to increase safety

Since 2006, the City has been working to improve bike access. This just might be the answer. Read More »

Getting creative to pay for transportation as funding dries up
September 23, 2013 by John Guenther

Getting creative to pay for transportation as funding dries up

How could California build high-speed rail without fed money? Read More »

Possible: Rail project under budget & on-time
September 17, 2013 by Cheryl Getuiza

Possible: Rail project under budget & on-time

VIDEO: Construction completed thanks to public-private partnership Read More »

California bills tackle digital divide head-on
September 10, 2013 by Matthew Grant Anson

California bills tackle digital divide head-on

The two bills each come at the issue from different angles Read More »

Streetcars one step closer to rolling down Riverside’s streets
August 28, 2013 by Cheryl Getuiza

Streetcars one step closer to rolling down Riverside’s streets

Due to a recent Caltrans grant of $237,500 for transportation planning Read More »

One in five Americans have no access to Internet
August 26, 2013 by Matthew Grant Anson

One in five Americans have no access to Internet

Unacceptable as we move further into the 21st century Read More »

Free Wi-Fi in Los Angeles means jobs, not just more tweets
August 19, 2013 by Matthew Grant Anson

Free Wi-Fi in Los Angeles means jobs, not just more tweets

It isn't just about convenience; it's about bridging a growing digital divide Read More »

California unemployment up, Bay Bridge to open, and the Hyperloop
August 16, 2013 by Ed Coghlan

California unemployment up, Bay Bridge to open, and the Hyperloop

A snapshot of this week in the CA economy Read More »

Can California afford a new water bond?
August 16, 2013 by Mark Pisano

Can California afford a new water bond?

These are important first steps toward bringing transparency to California’s notoriously murky water debates. Read More »

Viewpoints – Chris Taylor: Bay Bridge doesn’t have to mark end of big California public works
August 13, 2013 by Justin Ewers

Viewpoints – Chris Taylor: Bay Bridge doesn’t have to mark end of big California public works

California finds itself facing a $765 billion hole Read More »

Californians willing to pay for infrastructure improvements
August 12, 2013 by Matthew Grant Anson

Californians willing to pay for infrastructure improvements

Findings show importance of infrastructure to residents and economy Read More »

Viewpoints - Anthony Rendon: How to bring accountability to the state water bond
July 31, 2013 by Justin Ewers

Viewpoints - Anthony Rendon: How to bring accountability to the state water bond

Rendon tackles California's water situation Read More »

A look at past proposals for tackling California’s infrastructure challenge
July 25, 2013 by Justin Ewers

A look at past proposals for tackling California’s infrastructure challenge

It’s not a new problem. That, at least, everyone can agree on. Read More »

Coming water fight: Promising signs from capital in water bond early stages
July 11, 2013 by Justin Ewers

Coming water fight: Promising signs from capital in water bond early stages

Legislature aligning with Smart Infrastructure Strategy Read More »

Viewpoints - Glenda Humiston: Linking urban & rural areas will drive California’s economic growth
July 05, 2013 by Justin Ewers

Viewpoints - Glenda Humiston: Linking urban & rural areas will drive California’s economic growth

State infrastructure plan a golden opportunity to boost rural & urban economies Read More »

What gets voters past ‘No’ on infrastructure spending in Bay Area county
July 03, 2013 by Justin Ewers

What gets voters past ‘No’ on infrastructure spending in Bay Area county

Region gets managing infrastructure right but still faces $6B shortfall Read More »

New survey reveals importance of Internet infrastructure to Californians
June 27, 2013 by Matthew Grant Anson

New survey reveals importance of Internet infrastructure to Californians

56 percent believe those without broadband are at a major disadvantage Read More »

49ers’ CEO Jed York on economic impact of Super Bowl and Santa Clara stadium
June 26, 2013 by Cheryl Getuiza

49ers’ CEO Jed York on economic impact of Super Bowl and Santa Clara stadium

California Forward recently caught up with the football team’s leader. Read More »

Tourism industry key to California’s economic health
June 24, 2013 by Matthew Grant Anson

Tourism industry key to California’s economic health

2012 saw the generation of $2.5 billion in local taxes and $4.1 billion in state taxes Read More »

Viewpoints – Julie Kim: Time is right for California to tap private infrastructure financing
June 19, 2013 by Justin Ewers

Viewpoints – Julie Kim: Time is right for California to tap private infrastructure financing

How California can cut its $765 billion infrastructure deficit almost in half Read More »

Neighbor.ly fights infrastructure woes with crowdfunding
June 17, 2013 by Alexandra Bjerg

Neighbor.ly fights infrastructure woes with crowdfunding

Neighbor.ly creates an online campaign allowing individuals to donate directly to the project Read More »

Viewpoints – Mark Pisano: California demographic changes demand new way to pay for infrastructure
June 11, 2013 by Justin Ewers

Viewpoints – Mark Pisano: California demographic changes demand new way to pay for infrastructure

California's population on collision course with funding shortfall Read More »

School funding deal important for California economy
June 10, 2013 by Lenny Mendonca and Cruz Reynoso

School funding deal important for California economy

The budget will define the state moving forward, and in a positive way Read More »

Bill Lockyer explains how to fix California’s roads and how to pay for it
June 06, 2013 by Cheryl Getuiza

Bill Lockyer explains how to fix California’s roads and how to pay for it

Talking infrastructure with retiring State Treasurer Read More »

Rebuilding our public facilities: California Forward’s smart investment strategy
June 03, 2013 by Bill Hauck

Rebuilding our public facilities: California Forward’s smart investment strategy

State needs to invest $700 billion in infrastructure in the next decade Read More »

Time to do something about California’s infrastructure
May 28, 2013 by Ed Coghlan

Time to do something about California’s infrastructure

Bridge collapse puts spotlight on aging infrastructure everywhere Read More »

VIDEO: Why should high-speed rail start in the Central Valley?
May 23, 2013 by Cheryl Getuiza

VIDEO: Why should high-speed rail start in the Central Valley?

Leaders say why it's important to begin massive rail project in region Read More »

Road to the Summit: Talking government & business as partners at Sonoma forum
May 17, 2013 by Susan Lovenburg

Road to the Summit: Talking government & business as partners at Sonoma forum

Winery discusses working with state on regulatory issues Read More »

Oakland project gets financial shot in the arm from China
May 01, 2013 by Cheryl Getuiza

Oakland project gets financial shot in the arm from China

If you build it, they will come—to the East Bay Read More »

Road to the Summit: Prescriptions for Inland Empire economic growing pains
April 29, 2013 by John Guenther

Road to the Summit: Prescriptions for Inland Empire economic growing pains

Education & transportation top priorities for big region Read More »