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Image caption: Adventist Health recently backed out of an agreement to take over the closed Madera Community Hospital.
Bankrupt Hospital Still Closed Despite State Bailout Vote

Earlier this year, the state created a loan program meant to help struggling hospitals stay afloat and to help reopen Madera County’s only hospital. Almost a year after its closure, Madera continues its search for a buyer or partner.

Image caption: Tens of thousands of Californians depended on state help to pay rent through the pandemic. Now the state is letting them down.
COVID Rent Relief Delays: 70,000 Households at Risk of Eviction

More than 70,000 households who needed and applied for state aid to pay their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic by the March 2022 deadline still have their applications listed as "pending." Now they could be evicted from their homes.

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Building Democracy in California

Released on the day following the much-hyped "Red vs. Blue" debate, Jonathan Vankin's "How California Works" easily explains exactly how we are "Building Democracy in the Golden State."

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Teen Suicide: Grim Statistics Examined

The teen suicide rate is rising in California, though the state is still below the U.S. average. School policies might be helping fuel the increase, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Image caption: University presidents across the Cal State system have seen their pay rise substantially as compared to faculty members.
Cal State Presidents Enjoyed 43% Pay Raise From 2007 to 2022

Mildred García, the new Cal State chancellor, is earning a total compensation of nearly $1 million. Meanwhile, university president pay has increased at a greater rate than that of faculty, who are preparing to strike in early December, and the …

Image caption: California Gov. Gavin Newsom (L) and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis faced each other in person at last in an acrimonious Fox News debate Nov. 30.
Newsom, DeSantis Finally Square Off in Wild Fox News Debate

Governors Gavin Newsom (D-CA) and Ron DeSantis (R-FL) faced each other on a debate stage and traded blows, barbs, and zingers over the relative merits of their states in a Fox News debate that was nothing if not entertaining.

Image caption: Cal State Sacramento is one of four universities where members of the faculty union plan to walk out.
Cal State Profs Plan Walkout in Fight for 12 Percent Pay Hike

Cal State officials offered a 5 percent increase for each of the next 3 years, though the raises are not guaranteed. The union plans strikes at four campuses.

Image caption: Ocean waves may be good for more than surfing. They may play a role in reducing California's greenhouse gas emissions.
California Looks to Ocean Waves For New Clean Energy Source

Only a few small demonstration projects off the West Coast have harnessed the power of waves and tides. Costs are high and hurdles are challenging.

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What the ‘Parental Rights Movement’ Looks Like in California

The LA Times profiles a Chino Valley woman fighting LGBTQ+ inclusivity in schools.

Image caption: J.B. Hamby (inset) and the All-American Canal, which supplies water to the Imperial Valley.
The Rising Young Star in California’s Water Politics

In California, water can help define fortunes, literally. A young Stanford graduate who chairs the Colorado River Board of California has a major say in this.

Image caption: California's school buildings aren't what they used to be, after years or neglect and disrepair that the legislature now struggles to reverse.
California's Crumbling Schools: Legislature Crafting Huge Construction Bond

Small, rural districts often struggle to pass local bond measures to pay for school construction and repairs. In some cases, leaking roofs, dry rot and broken air conditioners haven’t been fixed in years.

Image caption: Rodin Farms Fruit Stand lies along one of the “stroads” in Stanislaus County, and a widening of the highway could drive the longtime landmark out of business.
Nov. 27, 2023: Season’s Eating

Holiday recipes from Sacramento Digs Gardening, a tour of agricultural tourist attractions—including Modesto’s imperiled Rodin Farms Fruit Stand—and a preview of the scenery-chewing Newsom-DeSantis debate.

Image caption: California Gov. Gavin Newsom (left) and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (right) will face off in a Fox News debate on Nov. 30.
Newsom vs. DeSantis Fox News Debate Set for Nov. 30

Governors Gavin Newsom (D-CA) and Ron DeSantis (R-FL) are set to face off in a debate Nov. 30 with unexpectedly high stakes, as polls now show both underwater in voter approval ratings.

Image caption: Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas (right) waited until just before Thanksgiving to hit legislative leadership with a drastic overhaul.
Rivas Shakes up Legislative Leadership: Winners and Losers

Assembly Speaker Rivas puts key allies into leadership posts and shuffles the top posts on committees heading into the 2024 session of the Legislature. One big winner: pro-housing advocates.

Image caption: Bob Iger at the ceremony for Minnie Mouse’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Iger’s Return to Disney Struggles to Recapture Magic

Veteran Disney CEO Bob Iger returned to the company a year ago, reports the Los Angeles Times, but things haven’t gone exactly as planned.

Image caption: Gov. Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom meet with California Poet Laureate Lee Herrick.
Getting to Know California’s Poet Laureate

Lee Herrick explains to the Los Angeles Times why he’s always traveling California.

Image caption: Climate change models suggest that bone-dry Death Valley could see more torrential rain in the future.
Water Flows Back Into Death Valley

Record rains help a lake reappear in the hottest place on Earth, and The New York Times documents the spectacle.

Image caption: Despite rising homelessness, the state lifted its COVID-era eviction ban. Now renters are feeling the consequences.
End of Pandemic Ban Sends Renter Evictions Soaring

The number of Californians facing eviction was relatively low for years during a lengthy statewide moratorium. In the year after it ended, cases soared and still remain high in large counties.

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Nov. 20, 2023: Take It to the Bank

From now until the end of the year, ’tis the season of giving. Here are some suggestions for where to make a deposit.

Image caption: Almost half of all low-income Black adults in California experience food insecurity.
Hunger and Food Insecurity in California: What It Is, What to Do About It

Hunger and food insecurity have become persistent problems in California. With the world’s fifth-largest economy, what steps can we take to make sure that everyone has enough to eat?

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12/10/2023

“The Winter Blues & Hung Upside Down or Falling Apart: A Musical Prescription for S.A.D.”

The Gypsy Scholar will be presenting his second installment of his Orphic Essay-with-Soundtrack, "The Winter Blues & Hung Upside Down or Falling Apart: A Musical Prescription for S.A.D.” Please tu...

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12/10/2023

Sunday Photos, 12/10/23

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12/10/2023

Still Life with Ebike and Garlic Fried Rice

#127: Ebike, Fediverse, Documentarians, Tim Gorichanaz, Susan M. Scultz, Deepa Paul, Komar & Melamid, Art Markets (Wendover), Vanessa German, Werner Herzog, Bill Bailey (Dr. Who), and Killer Boogie

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12/09/2023

New Ballot Initiative Would Support Land Restoration in Santa Cruz County

Efforts are underway to qualify a new citizen's ballot initiative that would raise over $7 million a year for environmental restoration efforts, from wildfire and flood recovery to clean water and...

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12/09/2023

The Santa Cruz Welcoming Network Helps Immigrants

The Santa Cruz Welcoming Network was founded a few years ago because local people felt the need to do something specific to help new arrivals to our community, whether it be practicing for a drive...

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12/09/2023

What A Week! Dec. 9, 2023 Edition

You can’t be well informed unless you are informed well! Join hosts Erik Nelson and Tony Russomanno as they unpack the week that was. This week, Good Times editor Brad Kava joins us for a salute t...