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The California Effect and CalMatters

The New York Times Magazine spends an entire issue explaining why California matters, and CalMatters wins gold for giving the state the coverage it deserves.

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McKinley Park trees about to get 'yarn bombed'

Sacramento Center for Textile Arts celebrates International Yarn Bombing Day

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California Inches Toward Renewable Energy Goal

Renewable energy sources provided 37 percent of California electricity in 2021, a new record for the state as it moves toward its 2045 goal of 100 percent clean energy. Battery storage will play a huge role in reaching that goal.

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Mental Health CARE Court System Debuts in October

California’s new CARE Court system that compels treatment for people with severe mental illness is set to roll out in seven counties this October, despite efforts by civil liberties groups to stop it.

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Memorial Day & the Death Penalty: Member Newsletter, 05/29/23

Let’s face some hard facts—and still be able to celebrate the beginning of the best season of the year.

Image caption: Members of Teamsters, CSUEU, UAW 4123, and CFA faculty gathered to ask for fair wages outside the CSU Chancellor’s office in Long Beach on May 23.
Report: Cal State Has $1.5 Billion Funding Gap

A new analysis shows that the California State University system doesn’t make or receive enough money to cover its costs, even with state support. The report and lawmakers urge the system to increase tuition, but even that might not be …

Image caption: How many innocent people have been executed? There is no way to know for sure.
Death Penalty Mistakes: When the State Kills the Innocent

More than 4 percent of death penalty convicts have been wrongfully convicted, data shows. But courts including the U.S. Supreme Court have failed to provide protections for the innocent facing death at the hands of the state.

Image caption: The death chamber inside San Quentin. Gov. Newsom has ordered the facility dismantled.
Is California’s Death Penalty Finally Dead?

The death penalty remains legal in California, but Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a moratorium on executions in 2019. Will capital punishment end in the state? Here’s what’s happening.

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California To Cut Colorado River Water Use

California will cut use of water from the Colorado River drastically under a new agreement announced by the Biden Administration on May 22. Nevada and Arizona have also agreed to the cuts.

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CALocal Wins Two Big Journo Awards

You probably know that The Newsletter goes out only to California Local members and subscribers. Today I am writing to bring the good news that we have just been given two big awards.

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Tips on Contacting Your Elected Representatives

Voting is just the beginning. Stay connected with your representatives to make sure your government is working for you.

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Conveniently Contacting Your Elected Representatives

We've made it one-click convenient for members to contact their elected representatives.

Image caption: Then-Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty speaks at a TEDx event in 2020. “As a local official, every day I get to wake up and try to take action to make our community a little bit better place.”
An Interview With Ryan Coonerty

On the Santa Cruz City Council, then as mayor, and then as county supervisor, Ryan Coonerty learned to love politics.

Image caption: The California Supreme Court has defined the state’s legal and political agenda for more than 170 years.
How the California Supreme Court Blazes Legal Trails

The California Supreme Court has kept the state at the forefront of legal issues surrounding abortion, the death penalty and same-sex marriage, starting in its earliest days in the Gold Rush era.

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California Agriculture & Immigration

The state’s most important industry relies on workers who are not given a chance to obtain legal status.

Image caption: Gary Gragg examines buds on one of the mango plants he's growing in the Sacramento Valley.
Mangoes and Agave in the Central Valley?

The future of farming in California is changing as the planet warms, altering the rain and heat patterns that guide which crops are grown where. “We’re adjusting for survival,” one grower said.

Image caption: They help feed the whole country, but life for California’s farm workers remains a struggle.
How California Feeds the Country

California stands as America’s agricultural powerhouse, growing half of its fruits and vegetables. Here’s how California farming has shaped the state, from the early missions to today’s “factories in the field.”

Image caption: State Sen. Scott Wiener reminds us that for generations, California has welcomed people to be who and what they are.
Scott Wiener; Weird Comix; Water Rights

How the SF state senator was changed by California; how our great state spawned a cultural phenomenon; how many Californians are being denied life's most basic necessity.

Image caption: Rip Off Press, once located in San Francisco's Sunset District and now headquartered in Auburn, was part of a movement that blossomed in California.
Graphic Content

Comics may have been born in New York, but they came of age in California. And there’s more to the story than San Francisco comix.

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How Free Trips Lead to Bills

Members of the California Legislature took nearly $1 million worth of trips sponsored by interest groups in 2022. The California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy accounted for 40% of the travel spending. Over the years, some of its …

Placer County Newsletter

Weekly digest of curated state and local news, upcoming government meetings and community events.

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New Job

After 31 years with the South Tahoe Public Utility District, General Manager John Thiel is pulling anchor and heading to Southern California to be the new general manager of the West Valley Water District.



Lake Tahoe's Weidinger Public Relations was presented with awards for two campaigns dealing with sustainability and environmental efforts by the Public Relations Society of America.



Members of the Auburn Rotary Club recently honored more than 30 teachers and students from 17 area schools.



The Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe awarded $8,500 in scholarships to George Whittell High School graduates.



Take Note Troupe marks its 20th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park this year. Pictured here is a performance last year in Folsom.
20th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park by Take Note Troupe celebratedMay 26, 2023 3:46 PM
Take Note Troupe (TNT) marks its 20th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park this year with the production of “Romeo and Juliet” in Roseville, Auburn, Folsom and Rocklin.



Harry Comstock and R.O. Sherman built the Old Brockway Golf Course in the 1920s as an amenity for the Brockway Hotel.

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City of Lincoln
Parks and Recreation Commission
Wednesday June 7 2023   5:00 PM

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City of Roseville
Roseville City Council Meetings
Wednesday June 7 2023   6:00 PM

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City of Roseville
Planning Commission
Thursday June 8 2023   6:30 PM

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City of Auburn
City Council Meetings
Monday June 12 2023   6:00 PM

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City of Auburn
Economic Development Commission
Tuesday June 13 2023   5:30 PM

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City of Rocklin
CLOSED SESSION: Rocklin City Council Meeting
Tuesday June 13 2023   6:00 PM

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City of Rocklin
Parks, Recreation and Arts Commission
Wednesday June 14 2023   6:00 PM

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City of Roseville
Design Committee
Thursday June 15 2023   4:30 PM

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City of Auburn
Greater Auburn Area Fire Safe Council
Friday June 16 2023   9:00 AM

Upcoming Community Events

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Designing Waterwise Gardens
Saturday June 10 2023   10:30 AM