MG worked with Irvine to strengthen communication capacity among civic organizations and public officials to foster inclusive public decision making. This includes projects to support public officials in creating and implementing inclusive public decision-making practices and working with organizations at a significant scale to involve residents in shaping public policies that affect their lives. Grantees we are working with include environmental and economic justice organizations (Urban Habitat, Environmental Health Coalition, Program for Environment and Regional Equity [USC], Community Coalition South Los Angeles) and The Institute for Local Government (a joint effort between the California League of Cities and California Association of Counties).
Background on California Democracy and Civic Engagement:
The goal of the California Democracy program is to advance effective public policy decision making that is reflective of and responsive to all Californians.
Irvine believes that an effective, accountable governing system and broad civic engagement are critical, interrelated aspects of a healthy democracy. We envision a California democracy that is truly reflective of and responsive to all Californians. Such a democracy serves as the basis of a well-functioning government that can steward public resources effectively and efficiently.
Irvine believes two kinds of change are needed. First, the governing system must be reformed to better ensure that policy decisions are made fairly, with a long term view and based on sound information. We hope to promote this change through our Governance Reform grant-making. Second, a more representative set of Californians must actively participate in decision-making processes. We hope to promote this change through our Civic Engagement Throughout our work, we emphasize a nonpartisan, problem-solving approach and engagement with a diverse array of populations.