COMMENTARY - Hey, President Biden: Did California’s invitation to your Summit for Democracy get lost by your failing postal service?
California’s ‘Tort Wars’ Heating Up Again
CALIFORNIA WATCH - California’s “tort wars” over the rules governing personal injury lawsuits are heating up again and dueling ballot measures may land on the 2022 ballot.
Why Does California Have The Highest Jobless Rate In The Country?
STATE OF WORK - California has the highest unemployment rate in the country. Several factors are contributing, including the state’s slow-to-rebound leisure and hospitality sectors.
Private Citizen Enforcement
LAW WATCH - If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That appears to be Gov. Gavin Newsom’s strategy for counteracting the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday decision to let stand Texas’ ban on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.
Why Is California’s Redistricting Commission Under Increasing Scrutiny?
REDISTRICTING CALIFORNIA - California’s independent redistricting commission is taking a lot of heat for the congressional and legislative maps it’s drawing to beat a Dec. 27 deadline.
Does California Need Local School Boards?
LEARNING POLITICS - If California’s local school board members won’t accept unfair criticism, submit to questionable recall votes, or tolerate verbal abuse at meetings, then California should do away with school boards entirely.
Housing Crisis: CEQA Protects California Despite Special Interests’ 'Big Lie'
HOUSING POLITICS - A sustained campaign against CEQA, led by polluting industries, real estate developers, and other special interests, has repeatedly and falsely claimed that – despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary – California’s preeminent environmental law is somehow fueling the state’s housing crisis.
California Gun Law Headed to Supreme Court?
GUN REFORMS - California has some of the nation’s tightest gun control laws and virtually no session of the Legislature ends without additional restrictions being enacted.
California Halted Executions - Time To End the Death Penalty
JUSTICE REFORM - It has been five years since California voters approved Proposition 66, a measure that ostensibly was going to speed up the time between handing down a death sentence and an execution.
Overdose Epidemic Plagues California: Fentanyl Is Driving Uptick In Deaths
DRUG MISUSE - As concern over the omicron variant mounts in California — with the state’s second case confirmed Thursday in Los Angeles County — another public health crisis is lurking in plain sight: the drug epidemic.
California Senator Who Helped Kill Environmental Regulations Runs Oil and Gas Staffing Firm
CALIFORNIA POLITICS - During the most recent legislative session in California, at least three senators on powerful environmental and finance committees derived significant income from fossil fuel companies, according to financial disclosures obtained by Capital & Main.
California Scores Gun Control Victory — For Now
GUN CONTROL - As California tries to crack down on crime, it secured a sizable victory for its strict gun control laws on Tuesday.
California Must Ensure EV Charging Access For All
COMMENTARY - With this month’s U.N. climate conference failing to achieve key agreements that will limit global heating to the crucial 1.5° C goal, it’s vital that California step up our climate leadership.
Thanks For Being Obsessed With Us, America
Thank you, America, for always keeping California in your thoughts.
Achievement Gap’ Still Plagues California Schools
EDUCATION POLITICS - Then-Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature overhauled California’s public school financing in 2013 with the stated goal of closing the “achievement gap” separating poor and English-learner students from more privileged children.
With California’s OK, Chevron Is Selling Oil From an Illegal Spill
ENVIRONMENT WATCH - Deep in the oil fields of western Kern County, a little northwest of the century-old town of McKittrick, hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil and wastewater filled with toxic chemicals have been seeping out of the ground for two years, in an area where companies operate hundreds of wells.
How To Plan the Perfect California Exit
CALIFORNIA WATCH - When it comes to California departures, I have no problem with the number of Californians moving out.
New Study Finds Millions Of Workers Are ‘Functionally Unemployed’
JOB FORCE - Officially, California has 1.4 million unemployed residents, but a new study that takes into account people who can’t find jobs that pay above poverty level says the number of “functionally unemployed” is three times higher at 4.8 million.
Cars And Trucks: How International Climate Promises Compare To California’s Mandates
CLIMATE WATCH - Nations convening at the United Nations climate conference pledged today to end the sale of new gasoline-powered cars in major markets by 2035 and globally by 2040, mirroring California’s plans.
Special Investigation: California Apartment Association’s Deep-Pocketed Campaign To Kill Tenant Protections
HOUSING CRISIS - The California Apartment Association, the landlord lobbying group, is one of the most powerful organizations in California.
POLITICS - “I just took [my son] to our local Walgreens to buy him a toy. While there, a man shoved past me so firmly that he sent me into the shelving. Then he proceeded to fill a brown paper bag with Halloween candy and waltzed out of the store. This is one of five Walgreens stores in SF that will be closing in the next two months, in part because of rampant theft. And our city leaders all keep insisting crime is down.”