Commission Hearings  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is the California Performance Review (CPR)? 

A: The California Performance Review (CPR) was created by Governor Schwarzenegger to systematically review and make recommendations to cut wasteful spending in government operations, increase services to the states taxpayers and rationalize the overall structure of state government. Between February and August 2004, 275 of the most seasoned state government employees compiled more than 1,400 recommendations to meet these goals. 

Q: Who are the members of the CPR Commission?

A: The CPR Commission is comprised of 21 leaders from state and local government, the business and labor communities, and public policy experts, representing a broad range of interests and many years of combined experience. The CPR commission members were announced by the Governor in June 2004. 
(See June 25, 2004 press release.)

Q: What is the purpose of the CPR Commission? 

A: Governor Schwarzenegger tasked the CPR Commission to gather opinions and ideas from all across the state to supplement and refine the initial recommendations put forward by the CPR. In compliance with the Governor’s directive, the Commission has scheduled a series of hearings throughout the state. These opinions and ideas will be summarized and delivered to the Governor at the end of the hearing process.  

Q: How can I give my ideas and opinions to the Governor? 

A: A series of CPR Commission public hearings is being conducted throughout the state to gather expert testimony and solicit ideas from California residents. All California residents are invited to attend these hearings and submit feedback and/or testimony using the Commission Hearing Feedback Form

Q: It appears that each meeting will focus on different parts of the report. What if I can’t attend the meeting that focuses on the issue I want to address? 

A: While each hearing will focus on a specific topic or topics within CPR, the Commission will take public testimony at the end of each day on any issues contained in the report. 

Q: If I want to attend a hearing, how much time will I have to present my opinions? 

A: Due to the large number of expected testifiers, a time limit will be set for each testifier prior to the onset of the hearing. Presenters are encouraged to keep their oral testimony short and submit written briefings outlining details of their opinions.