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CALmatters is a Sacramento-based nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California's state Capitol works and why it matters. It works with more than 130 media partners throughout the state that have long, deep relationships with their local audiences, including Embarcadero Media (publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice, Pleasanton Weekly and The Almanac in Menlo Park and their websites.)

Here are the most recent stories reported by CALmatters' team of journalists:


My turn: NBA Comes Home to Inglewood

We have a unique opportunity to build an arena that truly belongs to the L.A. Clippers, our players, employees, and fans. This arena is key to our future success. It’s also key to the ongoing success of a city that has seen a tremendous economic turnaround since it was abandoned by professional sports.

Tue, Sep 25, 2018 9:00 am
My turn: The Legislature confronted California’s new normal

One way or another, everyone feels the impact of wildfires: ratepayers being asked to help shoulder the costs of wildfires; people hundreds of miles away from the flames coping with worsened air quality; and others who compete for housing with those who have lost theirs. How the Legislature addresses intensifying wildfires is one of the most pressing issues.

Mon, Sep 24, 2018 11:32 am
Gas taxes, blue collar jobs and #MeToo

Democrats for repealing the gas tax get harsh words from a union, a startup makes a big donation, police shootings, a #MeToo suit, housing and a pro and con on Proposition 5.

Mon, Sep 24, 2018 4:30 am
The high cost of a zero-emission California

Reaching Gov. Jerry Brown's goal of a carbon-neutral California would require massive expenditures on the electrical grid and for zero-emission vehicles.

Mon, Sep 24, 2018 12:01 am
Proposition 5 would give homeowners who move a property tax break

Proposition 5 would give homeowners who move a property tax break. Pro: Proposition 5 would help ease the state’s shortage of housing by encouraging more turnover of single-family homes in existing neighborhoods. Con: Proposition 5 would take upward of $1 billion a year away from crucial local services like fire protection.

Sun, Sep 23, 2018 9:00 am
California an economic model? Not quite

Those who boast of California's economic prosperity ignore the 16 million Californians who are living in poverty or near-poverty.

Sun, Sep 23, 2018 12:01 am
Majority Report: With Friends Like These Edition

A Democrat turns on his own party’s committee. Fox News hosts turn on a sitting Republican congressman. A Trump son turns out to help a political ally—only to provide political fodder to the opposition. Here’s a quick recap of what happened this week across California’s 53 congressional districts:

Fri, Sep 21, 2018 11:39 am
My turn: Paramedics need this bill to help vulnerable people

Too many vulnerable people are trapped in crowded hospital emergency rooms who didn’t need to be there. The emergency room revolving door isn’t helping them, and it’s putting other critical patients at risk.

Fri, Sep 21, 2018 9:30 am
Strange bedfellows, net neutrality and straws

The prison officers union backs Tony Thurmond, Xavier Becerra questions net neutrality legislation, food laws, plastic straws, Tom Campbell's third party, a gas tax commentary and the CALQuiz.

Fri, Sep 21, 2018 4:30 am
Prison officers’ union jumps into race for schools chief

California's prison officers' union has emerged as a player in the race for the state schools chief, disclosing a $500,000 expenditure for television ads to help elect Assemblyman Tony Thurmond as Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Thu, Sep 20, 2018 4:39 pm
Why drug makers are opposing rent control

In 2016, Michael Weinstein pushed Proposition 61, which he claimed would regulate drug prices. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and other drug makers spent $110 million to kill that initiative. Now, he's pushing Proposition 10 to expand rent control. Drug makers donated $500,000 to kill the measure.

Thu, Sep 20, 2018 11:29 am
My turn: Here’s where gas tax repeal would hurt the most

Californians would see a minor decrease in gas prices at the pump if voters approve Proposition 6 and repeal the gasoline tax. But aside from this small change, the only other immediate effect would be the continued poor quality of the roads servicing the agricultural areas of our state.

Thu, Sep 20, 2018 9:30 am
Housing, Hollywood Forever and weed

California's housing crisis, drug industry donations against Proposition 10, cannabis equity, Hollywood Forever gets spirits and the governor's friends.

Thu, Sep 20, 2018 4:30 am
Want a state job? Get close to Jerry Brown

During his second governorship, Brown's displayed a penchant for appointing old friends and trusted aides to powerful and/or well-paying state positions.

Thu, Sep 20, 2018 12:01 am
My turn: This isn’t junk land, no matter what cannabis growers say

Our rural neighborhood has been overrun by marijuana growers. Too many of them seem to have little regard for our canyon’s beauty. They run heavy equipment, do unpermitted grading on steep slopes, and run heavy water tanker trucks on our narrow road.

Wed, Sep 19, 2018 9:30 am
Universal preschool, Hollister Ranch access

California's achievement gap needs universal preschool, Hollister Ranch and Martin's Beach brace for battle and de Leon eyes San Francisco's water supply.

Wed, Sep 19, 2018 4:30 am
Political expediency worsens long-term consequences

When politicians take the easy way out and ignore reality, it comes back to haunt them and their constituents, whether it's delayed infrastructure maintenance or providing salary unaffordable salary increases.

Wed, Sep 19, 2018 12:01 am
De León on Kavanaugh, and an EV perk ends

California tightens ZEV carpool decals, de León criticizes Feinstein on Kavanaugh letter, gig economy lawsuits, achievement gap, homeless, women on boards.

Tue, Sep 18, 2018 4:30 am
Homelessness: I feel your pain, or do I?

As cities look for ways to tackle homelessness and the state pours half a billion dollars into finding solutions, we look at the science of empathy.

Mon, Sep 17, 2018 1:34 pm
My turn: Why more women aren’t on corporate boards

Publicly held corporations are more profitable and productive when women serve on the boards. SB 826 is a reasonable approach that would require publicly traded corporations based in California to have at least one woman on their boards.

Mon, Sep 17, 2018 7:30 am
What’s next after Brown’s climate summit

Boalt Hall, lessons from the Global Climate Action Summit, Newsom and Cox on climate, Denti-Cal, Toni Atkins' UC regent confirmations, and CALmatters wins an Online News Association award.

Mon, Sep 17, 2018 4:30 am
Study provides new ammo for K-12 schools battle

A new study of California's K-12 schools concludes that the "achievement gap" remains large, and more efforts—along with a lot more money—are needed to close it.

Mon, Sep 17, 2018 12:01 am
Gov. Jerry Brown’s carbon-free legacy—at what cost?

Gov. Brown wants California to be a global leader in reducing or eliminating carbon emissions to fight global warming. But what that entails, and how much it costs, are blanks to be filled in later.

Sun, Sep 16, 2018 12:01 am
The Gimme Shelter one year anniversary spectacular

It's been one year of Matt and Liam talking about California's housing crisis. They reflect on the biggest stories of the past twelve months, and what they expect to be on the podcast in the year ahead.

Thu, Sep 13, 2018 4:27 pm
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