Proposition 31 was a ballot measure created by California Forward and voted on by the people of California during the General Election held on November 6, 2012. Proposition 31 called for changes to the state budget, and for any legislation to be published three days before it was voted on, among other things. Proposition 31 was defeated by a vote of over 60% to under 40%, but was a good step in the right direction regarding budget reform in California.
Advancing the Future for Adults with Autism is an organization that works closely with America Speaks to better the lives of adults with autism. In 2009 AFFA held a National Town Hall Meeting to create a national policy agenda which AFFA plans to propose to Congress.
The San Francisco Urban-Rural Roundtable was a deliberative event conducted by Roots of Change in San Francisco, California. In September of 2008, Mayor Gavin Newsom of the City of San Francisco invited fifty people from both urban and rural communities to participate in three “Roundtable” meetings over a five month period; of the fifty individuals invited forty eight accepted, including California’s Secretary of Food and Agriculture, A.G. Kawamura. The purpose of the Roundtable was to provide recommendations to establish a foodshed for the City of San Francisco.
This case was put on by By the People in conjunction with The Center for Deliberative Democracy, where 317 citizens from Michigan state participated in a deliberative poll in November 2009. The three day event was made into a NewsHour program and was broadcasted by PBS throughout Michigan on January 2010.