The California Public Policy Foundation (CPPF) was founded in 1989 by John F. Kurzweil, Sr. He received a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Founded in 1908 the UM Journalism school is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 journalism schools in the country.
Intensely interested in strategic communications, John served as public relations director for the Getty Oil Company, VIRCO Manufacturing, the California Republican Party and as a press consultant for the Republican National Convention in 1988.
In 1985 he founded The Supreme Court Project as a non-partisan organization “dedicated to publishing research relevant to California’s 1986 judicial elections”. The project continued through 1988 when three new justices were elected to the California Supreme Court.
Encouraged by the response to the Supreme Court Project John founded CPPF in late 1989, dedicated to “a vigorous presentation and debate of ideas”, which would usually be presented from a conservative viewpoint but would always welcome and encourage thoughtful presentation of different viewpoints.
The first copy of CPPF’s flagship publication, the California Political Review magazine, appeared in January of 1990 and was published monthly until John’s death in November, 2010. At that time John’s friends and colleagues decided to bring to fruition a dream of John’s and established the CPPR website, which became the current Capoliticalreview.com.
A devoted fan of William F. Buckley, Jr., John like Buckley was a man of ideas who believed that robust but respectful debate was vital to the continued success not only of his conservative ideas but also of all ideas, and that such debate would work in the best interests of the country.
Most of the current CPPF Directors knew John, miss him and honor his memory by continuing his vision with the CPPF website and special projects.
Among those special projects is encouraging local jurisdictions to comply with the provisions of the California Voting Rights Act, which requires that election districts not discriminate against minorities. We are currently working with the Palo Alto Unified School District and they have indicated they will work with us to fix their election system to address imbalances.
We are in contact with other local jurisdictions, largely in the Bay Area, to help them comply with the law. Maximizing voter participation and insuring equal impact for each vote is, to us, the flip side of the election integrity coin of ensuring accurate and law-compliant voter registration and voter roll maintenance.
Other potential projects along this line include ballot access, ballot statement and ballot designation help to potential candidates who can easily get lost in the thicket of sometimes contradictory regulations.
CPPF firmly believes that an involved electorate produces the best election results – no matter which particular candidate or party wins.