HOMELESS CRISIS - The intersection of Howe Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard lies in one of the Sacramento area’s most affluent neighborhoods.
California Politicians Barely Say Trump’s Name
CA POLITICAL OVERVIEW - More than a year after leaving office, former President Donald Trump still looms large over the Republican Party across the country.
Dianne Feinstein is California’s Future
CALIFORNIA POLITICS - Do you think Dianne Feinstein should retire because she is too old, too out of it, and too tied to the past to represent today’s California?
Billions in California Taxpayer Dollars. Where Did They Go?
CAL MATTERS - The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association isn’t shy about its mission.
California’s Senate Bill 9 Pits YIMBYs Versus NIMBYs
HOUSING CRISIS - The passage of 2021’s Senate Bill 9 was supposed to herald the end of the single-family zoning that many point to as a culprit of California’s housing crisis.
Kevin McCarthy's Anti-Democrat Energy is Out of Touch With Californians
MARC’S ANGLE - While the national environment of high gas prices and inflation, along with Joe Biden’s other failures have given the national Republican Party a boost in energy, the CA GOP convention stood in stark contrast to other states.
A CA Lawmaker Wants to Protect Workers From Employer Spying
CA WORKER’S RIGHTS - Workers today are subject to more monitoring and tracking on the job — often without their knowledge — than ever before, advocates say.
California’s Vanished Dreams - By the Numbers
THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA - Even today amid a mounting exodus among those who can afford it, and with its appeal diminished to businesses and newcomers, California, legendary state of American dreams, continues to inspire optimism among progressive boosters.
Will Lithium Save the Imperial Valley?
MINING BATTERIES & JOBS - Its proximity to the Salton Sea has shaped the destiny of the Imperial Valley in countless ways.
Did California Get Its Money’s Worth From $1.7 Billion COVID Test Contract?
COVID WATCH - A patient sample that wasn’t processed for more than 30 days. A test used without proper validation of its accuracy.
Wages Rise for Many, But Not for Californians Most Hit by Inflation
CA ECONOMY - When I met Amparo Ramirez in March of 2020, our conversation was very much of the moment.
California’s Reparations Task Force Explained
CAL MATTERS - When California’s first-in-the-nation task force on reparations voted to restrict who would be eligible for reparations to African American descendants of enslaved people, it sparked much debate and many questions about what would happen next.
California Housing is Becoming More Affordable – Sort Of
HOUSING WATCH - California housing prices have soared during the pandemic.
California’s Shrinking Population Has Big Impacts
GUEST COMMENTARY - Although California’s population growth began to slow in the 1990s after exploding in the previous decade by 6 million people, both official and independent demographers continued to see relatively strong growth for decades to come.
Let’s Talk About Ranked Choice Voting
REDQUEENINLA - Recently at a local, large political club endorsement meeting, after numerous iterative votes to zero-in on whom the club membership liked best – who merited “endorsement” unequivocally as described by a supermajority – I asked...
California is Closing the Wrong Prison
CONNECTING CALIFORNIA - When your town’s biggest business is punishment, how do you fight back when you’re being punished unfairly?
California Considers Lawsuits Against Citizens Over Illegal Guns
CA GUN LAWS - As Democratic elected officials rush to toughen gun laws in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Sacramento that left six dead and 12 injured,
Is California Biting Off More Than It Can Chew?
STATE WATCH - “Don’t bite off more than you can chew” is one of those old, but valid, aphorisms that people and institutions ignore at their peril.
How California Got Tough On Guns
CA GUN LAWS - The modern American gun debate began in 1967, when 30 protesting members of the Black Panther Party marched into the California Capitol with loaded handguns, shotguns and rifles.
As Maya Angelou Famously Said, "Believe Them the First Time"
STATE WATCH - There’s to be a one-two in the old AD62/new AD61 following on the heels of Autumn Burke’s abrupt resignation from the State Assembly on February 1, 2022.
Hidden Tax Breaks Escape Scrutiny
CAL MATTERS - The budget that Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed in January totals $286.5 billion — big money by anyone’s measure — and likely to grow because state revenues continue to surpass expectations.