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2011 “Realignment” Initiative 2011 “Realignment” Initiative

Direct Result

A three-judge federal district court panel in 2009 cited the Commission’s 2007 report, Solving California’s Corrections Crisis: Time is Running Out, in ordering the state to cap its severely overcrowded prison population at 137.5 percent of bed-design capacity.  The court’s prisoner-release order prompted the state’s historic 2011 “realignment” initiative to sentence non-serious, non-violent or non-sex offenders to county jails instead of state prison.

Long-Term Results

These moves – following years of Commission recommendations to shift low-level offers from the state to community supervision – cut taxpayer costs and reduced the state prison population from 171,000 to approximately 135,000.

California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013

Direct Result

Governor Brown’s California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 – legislation designed to rein in excessive public sector benefits and projected to save taxpayers up to $38 billion over 30 years – included numerous reforms suggested in the Commission’s 2011 report, Public Pensions for Retirement Security.

Climate Change Adaptation Climate Change Adaptation

Direct Result

Commission recommendations in the 2014 report, Governing California Through Climate Change, spurred 2015 legislation designating the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research as the state’s lead coordinating agency on climate change adaptation. As recommended by the Commission, the legislation also established a one-stop climate change information center within the office – guided by science advisors – to help local governments plan for climate impacts.

Denti-Cal Denti-Cal

Direct Result

The  Commission’s April 2016 Fixing Denti-Cal report – which described how millions of California’s low-income children seldom visit a dentist despite having state-insured dental coverage – prompted 2016 legislation setting a target for the Department of Health Care Services to ensure that 60 percent of Denti-Cal-eligible children see a dentist annually.

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBiz) Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBiz)

Direct Result

Weeks after a 2010 Commission report, Making Up for Lost Ground: Creating a Governor’s Office of Economic Development, recommended a lean and nimble office to stimulate California’s business climate, Governor Brown created the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development – GoBiz for short.

Long-Term Results

The office functions as a rapid response center to help recruit, start, grow and retain successful businesses.

Performance Management Council Performance Management Council

Direct Result

The Commission’s 2008 information technology report, A New Legacy System: Using Technology to Drive Performance, led to formation of a Performance Management Council within state government.

Long-Term Results

The council of forward-thinking government leaders, initially convened by the Commission to discuss how the state uses data to improve decision-making, has continued to meet for nearly a decade and evolved into a learning community to help state managers and leaders optimize data in government operations.

Proposition 1, Water Bond Proposition 1, Water Bond

Direct Result

Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond authored in 2014 by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, and passed by California voters, added climate change adaptation for the first time to the criteria for water-related grant applicants, following input by the Commission and the California Water Commission.

Veterans Strike Force Team Veterans Strike Force Team

Direct Result

Following recommendations in the Commission’s 2013 report, An Agenda for Veterans: The State’s Turn to Serve, the Legislature in 2013 budgeted $3 million to hire 36 people for a state strike team to trim long waiting times – up to 600 days in some cases – for veterans to claim federal compensation and benefits. The strike force rapidly helped veterans gain eligibility to hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits, helping veterans individually, as well as their communities.

Long-Term Results

Governor Brown made the strike team’s positions permanent in through the Budget Act of 2015.

Voter Information Guide Voter Information Guide

Direct Result

The Commission’s 2009 report, Bond Spending: Expanding and Enhancing Oversight, prompted 2011 legislation to help voters effortlessly grasp the full 30-year principal and interest costs of proposed statewide bond measures.

Long-Term Results

The legislation ordered insertion of easy-to-understand fact boxes within the state’s Official Voter Information Guide.