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Published on Feb 4, 2013
http://www.cafwd.org Californians mistrust in our elected leaders is high. In 2012, numerous stories broke regarding elected officials mishandling funds, losing track of funds, or refusing to disclose finances. Californians are expecting better in 2013. They have told us they want a government they can trust, which is why California Forward promotes transparency and accountability in our government. Real accountability begins with empowering the public with easy access to information and budgeting of our civic leaders. The city of Palo Alto appears to be leading the charge to develop a better relationship with its residents. California Forward first reported on the city of Palo Alto's Open Data Platform in August. The city is using technology to create a more inclusive form of local government. Months after its launch, we wanted to find out how if citizens are answering the call to become more engaged. California Forward's Cheryl Getuiza reports.