CaliforniaChoices.org is a nonpartisan clearinghouse for election information and was founded to help inform voters of state governance reform issues to enable more Californians to participate in the public conversation about how we can get our state back on track. Our original advisors that helped to launch California Choices included:


  • Kim Alexander: California Voter Foundation
  • David Brady: Hoover Institution
  • Jack Citrin: Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley
  • Mark DiCamillo: Field Poll
  • Efrain Escobedo: Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office
  • Kathay Feng: California Common Cause
  • Leif Wellington Haase: New America Foundation
  • Janis R. Hirohama: League of Women Voters of California
  • Jim Mayer: California Forward
  • Dan Mazmanian: University of Southern California
  • Lenny Mendonca: Bay Area Council
  • Dan Schnur: Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley


California Choices is produced by Next 10 to help policy enthusiasts, general voters and community educators. Our strategic partners include:

  • Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley
  • The Political Science Department, UC San Diego
  • The Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University
  • Center for California Studies, California State University Sacramento


Next 10 is an independent, nonpartisan organization that educates, engages and empowers Californians to improve the state’s future.  Next 10 is focused on innovation and the intersection between the economy, the environment, and quality of life issues for all Californians.  We provide critical data to help inform the state’s efforts to grow the economy and reduce global warming.

For the last eight years Next 10 has been able to provide Californians with the online California Budget Challenge that has been educating residents on the tough trade-offs involved in balancing the state budget.


The Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is California's oldest public policy research institution. Founded in 1919, IGS and its affiliated centers conduct research, education, and public service in the fields of politics and public policy, which a strong focus on national and California politics. Current IGS research includes institutional policy and design, political reform, term limits, campaign finance, redistricting, direct democracy, presidential and gubernatorial politics, representative government, immigration, globalization, and the politics of race and ethnicity.

The Department of Political Science at UCSD is recognized as one of the best in the country. Founded in 1974, our department now is home to many of the world's leading scholars who represent a broad range of backgrounds, methodologies, and specialties. Our commitment to rigorous, interdisciplinary, and innovative scholarship provides the foundation for cutting-edge education and research that is changing the field of modern political science.

The Bill Lane Center for the American West is dedicated to advancing scholarly and public understanding of the past, present, and future of western North America. The Center supports research, teaching, and reporting about western land and life in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

On October 14, 2009 a conference sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley, the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University, and the Center for California Studies, California State University, Sacramento examined the advantages and drawbacks of various paths to reform.

Dedicated to promoting a better understanding of California's government, politics, people, cultures, and history, the Center for California Studies is a public service, educational support and applied research institute of California State University, Sacramento.  Founded in 1984, and located in the State Capital, the Center helps to being the resources of California's largest university system to the service of public discourse, civic education, and state government.  Center activities include the Capital Fellows Program, the LegiSchool Project, the annual Envisioning California Conference, the California Election Data Archive and the Faculty Research Fellows.

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