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Joby Aviation Advances With FAA Authorization


On June 20, Joby Aviation announced it had received FAA authorization to use its ElevateOS software for air taxi services.

YIMBYs Endorse California Forever


On June 19, California YIMBY announced support for the California Forever project going to the Solano County ballot in November.

California Forever Ballot Measure Qualifies for Solano Ballot


On June 11, Solano County elections officials announced the verification of necessary signatures for the California Forever sponsored initiative to amend the county General Plan to be on the November ballot.

The Future for California Workers Is Apprenticeships


A panel of labor experts at the CalMatters Ideas Festival say California workers should have more access to more apprenticeships that pay more. Barriers still exist, especially for women and low-income Californians.

Big Sur Is Back


Photos spotlight the beauty of the Big Sur community.

California Wants to Be Carbon-Neutral by 2045. What Does That Mean for Its Big Economic Drivers?


California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, flew more 6,000 miles to Rome this month to deliver a brief speech on climate change at a Vatican-sponsored conference.

Phil Opens Castroville Fishmarket


Phil DiGirolamo has finally opened the fish market part of his eponymous Phil's Fish Market and Eatery in Castroville.

California’s Lagging Economy Hinders Efforts to Close State Budget Deficit


As Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislators spend the next few weeks fashioning a state budget that’s plagued by a multibillion-dollar deficit, they can’t count on a booming economy to make their task easier.

A Look at the New Home2 Suites in Marina


An introduction to Harvey Dadwal and his new hotel in Marina on the former Fort Ord Army base.

Joby Testing and Production Advances


At a ground-breaking ceremony for the expansion of its Marina manufacturing facility, Joby announced the successful flight testing of of its pre-production prototype all-electric air taxi.

How Congress Is Letting Die an Internet Connectivity Lifeline for Millions


More than half of the U.S. House supports a bill to extend the funds, but it can’t get out of committee.

California's Population Increased Last Year for First Time Since 2020


During the much-ballyhooed “California exodus” amid the pandemic, remote workers moved to other states where they could live for a fraction of the cost compared to cities like Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Who Killed CA Utility Bill Legislation?


A bill to rein in a proposed monthly fee on California electric bills would let California’s largest for-profit utility companies charge customers $24 per month — with fees as low as $6 for lower-income customers — as a kind of membership fee for the power grid.

A Plan to Change Your Utility Rates Is Dividing California Environmentalists. Here’s Why


The California Public Utilities Commission will consider on May 9 a new proposal that would change how Californians pay for electricity.

PG&E Hit With $225-Million Lawsuit for 2021 Dixie Fire Damages


A coalition of timber businesses filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the embattled Pacific Gas & Electric Co., alleging $225 million in damages caused by the 2021 Dixie Fire.

California Requires New Homes to Have Solar Panels. Should Wildfire Victims Get a Break?


A California Republican’s bill would exempt low and middle income wildfire victims from solar panels requirements on rebuilt homes that didn’t have them when they burned down.

Carmel Chamber of Commerce Names New Executive Director


The Carmel Chamber of Commerce announced Kati Enea has been appointed as the new executive director.

Business Groups and Lawmakers Battle Over Ballot Measure to Limit California Tax Increases


Anti-tax groups in California have qualified a measure for the November ballot that would make raising state and local taxes much more difficult. It’s a showdown that’s been building for nearly five decades.

CA Budget Deal Gets Early Start on Deficit


Not filling open positions in state government, cutting a school facilities program and several climate initiatives, delaying funding for public transit — these are some of the first steps that California officials plan to take to deal with a looming multibillion-dollar budget deficit.

Salmon Populations Are Struggling, Bringing Economic Woes for California's Fishing Fleet


Captains of fishing boats on the California coast are bracing for salmon fishing to be severely restricted — or possibly canceled for a second year.

CA Fast Food Workers Get Higher Wages, but Which Ones?


According to emails obtained by CalMatters Capitol reporter Jeanne Kuang in response to a public records request, a range of employers have been trying to figure out if they must pay $20 ever since the law was signed late last September.

Dungeness Crab Season to End Early


California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials ordered an April 8 close to the commercial season to citing the risk of fishing gear entanglement by migrating humpback whales.

Laguna Seca Raceway Lawsuit Settled


The Highway 68 Coalition suit against the County of Monterey over operation of the Laguna Seca Raceway has been settled.

Joby Delivers on U.S. Air Force Contract


Joby Aviation announced it will be delivering the second and third of three aircraft produced at its Pilot Production Line in Marina as part of a contract with the U.S. Air Force.

Joby Acquires Ohio Manufacturing Facility


Joby Aviation purchased a factory in Ohio for the manufacture of parts for the company's assembly line in Marina.

Californians Face Higher Costs for Goods and Services Than Before the Pandemic Despite Inflation Slowing


The consumer price index shows services are mostly responsible for persistent inflation, but prices for food and other goods in California remain high.

Monterey County Business Council Awarded Contract to Manage SBA Development Centers


The Business Council takes over management of the Monterey and San Benito Small Business Administration Centers from previous contract holder Cal Coastal on April 1.

California’s Fast Food Workers are Getting a Raise. But the Labor-Industry Truce is Fraying


Republicans want to scrap the law, accusing Gov. Gavin Newsom of corruption in dealings with a Panera Bread franchisee who is a major campaign donor. McDonald’s franchisees are funding a committee that is attacking Democrats who supported the law and are seeking local office in the primary.

Waymo Approved to Start Robotaxi Service in Los Angeles and San Mateo Counties.


On March 1, the California Public Utilities Commission gave approval for driverless taxi company Waymo to expand service into Los Angeles and San Mateo counties.

Joby Aviation Advances Closer to FAA Certification


Joby Aviation completed three of five stages of the Federal Aviation Administration process in its quest to produce the first certified all-electric commercial aircraft.

CSU Student Assistants Win Union Vote


California State University students have officially created the largest undergraduate student union in United States history. The union vote passed with 97% of CSU students workers voting yes.

The Inland Empire’s Once-Unstoppable Warehousing Industry Falls Into a Slump


Logistics has been an economic lifeline for the Inland Empire for decades. Now that the industry is hitting a downturn, the region is feeling the pain.


Water is a human right under California law, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
Agriculture and Water Shortages in the State’s Breadbasket, Explained
There are many causes contributing to this crisis. And as you may already know, this situation really is nuts.
The cycle of crime and homelessness is escalating, but it doesn't have to be that way.
Homelessness and Crime in California: Even More Complex Than You Think
What causes the cycle of homelessness and crime, and how to stop it.
Thousands of homeowners have been kicked off their fire insurance policies.
California Fire Insurance Crisis: How the State Helps Homeowners
The state tries persuading insurance companies to cover homes in fire zones.
Moss Landing in Monterey Bay is the world’s largest battery storage facility for solar and other renewable energy.
Solar Power and California’s Clean Energy Goals
How the sun is helping push the state toward 100 percent renewable energy.
Owning homes is the primary way the middle class builds wealth, and an option no longer available to most Californians.
Is California’s Housing Crisis Making Inequality Worse?
California has some of the worst economic inequality in the United States. Is housing a cause? Could it be a cure?
Though life expectancy has declined in recent years, Californians still live longer than most Americans.
Want to Live a Long, Healthy Life? Move to California
Californians live longer than people in all but three states, but not all counties are equal.
They help feed the whole country, but life for California’s farm workers remains a struggle.
How California Feeds the Country
California, a state known for high-tech and show business glitz, is also America’s farming powerhouse.
Zoning laws tell you what you can and can't build on the property you own. How does government get away with that?
How Zoning Laws Shape California and Society
Zoning is everywhere, but is it a way to regulate development or a tool for social engineering?
How California reclamation districts turned millions of acres of wetlands into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush.
Reclamation Districts: Turning ‘Swamps’ Into Farmland
From its earliest days as a state, California has been trying to turn marshes into productive land.
Long-duration energy storage, such as this thermal energy storage facility, allows renewable energy sources to operate at full capacity without overloading the power grid.
How California Leads the Race For Long Duration Energy Storage
For renewable energy sources such as solar and wind to be viable, ways to store the power they create are essential.
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