The Center for Public Integrity gives the State of California an overall C- grade in the State Integrity Investigation, but we are second only to Alaska in combating corruption and promoting transparency. On the other hand, California received A ratings on the State budgeting process and State Pension Fund management.
California received a failing grade F for public access to information and its other failing mark was for judicial accountability, largely because the state has no system of evaluating judges’ performance or independent confirmation process system for trial court judges.
The Center for Public Integrity, founded in 1989, is one of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. Their mission is “to serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.”
The Center focuses its investigations on the following areas: money and politics, business, government waste/fraud/abuse, the environment, healthcare reform, national security and state government transparency.