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California Hospitals Had to Post Charity Care Rules Months Ago. Some Didn’t.

To help patients who are financially strapped, California lawmakers decided to stiffen state requirements for hospitals to offer free or discounted care.

(Nov. 30, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Layoffs Mount: Twitter, Tech, Biotech Firms Chop Jobs

Twitter and other companies have unveiled plans to cut more than 900 Bay Area jobs in a fresh round of layoffs.

(Nov. 30, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report

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By a narrow margin, workers at a Seaside Starbucks reject a union.

Workers at a Starbucks at Fremont Boulevard and Phoenix Avenue in Seaside went to the polls on Nov. 18 and ultimately chose the status quo – by a margin of 11 votes to 8, employees rejected an attempt to unionize.

Image caption: Businessman and Republican activist Howard Jarvis was the main advocate for Prop 13 in the 1970s.
How Prop 13 Drives Economic and Racial Inequality

Proposition 13, the popular tax reform law passed in 1978, has driven increases in economic inequality and racial wealth disparities in California. Here’s how.

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General Election 2022: South Monterey County voters turn down tax measures

MONTEREY COUNTY — South Monterey County voters made their voices heard last Tuesday by deciding the fate of a few local measures, as well as choosing multiple candidates for city councils, school boards and other special districts in the area. …

Image caption: California has three cities of more than 1 million people, and 187 of over 50,000.
Cities in California: What Does it Take to Be One?

California is full of places and communities, but most are not cities. Here's what it takes for a community to become a city, the benefits of being one—and why the state has a 'de facto moratorium' on new cities.

Image caption: Billionaires do not have to control where the public gets its news. There are alternatives.
Taking Back Information Control From Billionaires

Billionaires now own Twitter, Facebook and numerous other online and offline media outlets. But there are other information sources not run by the super-rich. We've found a few and listed them here.

Image caption: Elon Musk is now in control of the world's most influential social media outlet. What happens next?
What Elon Musk Really Wants From Twitter

Elon Musk says he plans to make Twitter a haven for 'free speech,' but a look at his list of investors suggests that the world's richest person may have other reasons for purchasing the highly influential social media platform.

Image caption: 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 the housing crisis a cause?

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Bill Lee to open what he says will be his last restaurant.

“I’ve got one more in me—just one,” says veteran restaurateur Bill Lee.

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Pacific Grove prevails in a lawsuit that challenged its right to limit vacation rentals.

Four years ago, Pacific Grove’s actions to curtail short-term vacation rentals came under attack through two lawsuits, one brought by a group of vacation rental owners who asked for an injunction to stop a lottery held by the city in…

Image caption: Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon is one of 82 tribal gaming operations in California.
A Guide to Gambling in the Golden State

In California, you can bet on a horse race, buy a lottery ticket, put money on poker in a card room and play slots at a tribal casino all in the same day.

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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?
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