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Lake Tahoe Dance Collective
LTDC Giving Season 2023
Now through December 31st, all donations will be matched by a generous group of LTDC supporters who want to guarantee the future of our programs and performances for generations to come.
(ends 12/31/2023)
Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
Give Back Tahoe
For Tahoe Truckee, the Give Back Tahoe Giving Season brings together neighbors, visitors, and friends. It reminds us the spirit of the holiday season is about gratitude, giving and community. Donate to local nonprofits. Be a part of something big.
(ends 12/31/2023)
Image caption: Farm workers had argued that reforms now in place in California would reduce employer retaliation for unionization efforts.
Farmworkers in Stanislaus County Win Union Vote Under New Law

The United Farm Workers, which represents nearly 7,000 workers, won a unionization vote in Stanislaus County. It’s the first such win in six years and first under a law that went into effect in May.

Image caption: Placer Couty recently grappled with the Mosquito Fire, California’s largest wildfire in 2022.
Disaster Prep: Alerts, Maps and Apps

When disaster strikes, you’ll need to have these information resources available on your smartphone.

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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."

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?

Image caption: On a press conference televised by Fox 11 News, Gov. Gavin Newsom answered questions about the company that Caltrans was suing for nonpayment on the property that caught fire underneath the 10 Freeway.
LA Freeway Fire Destroys Immigrant Businesses

A fire under Interstate 10 in Los Angeles devastated some businesses run by immigrants. Caltrans had been trying to evict their landlord.“

Image caption: Second Harvest CEO Erica Padilla-Chavez (at right) with a group of local Rotary members who helped wrap Holiday Food & Fund Drive barrels.
Setting the Table for Social Change

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County CEO Erica Padilla-Chavez looks at food insecurity as a symptom of an underlying disorder—one that can be cured.

Image caption: It's becoming more difficult to have a healthy childbirth in California as maternity wards close at an alarming rate.
California Hospitals Closed 46 Maternity Wards Since 2012

Hospitals all over California are closing their maternity wards, including in dense cities like Los Angeles and in more remote communities in the Sierra Nevada.

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Jeff Hamilton Legacy Fund

Jeff Hamilton Legacy Fund In 2023, the Hamilton Family, with the support of family, friends and in partnership with the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, established the Jeff Hamilton Legacy Fun...


Buy, Eat, and Learn at Far West Fungi’s Retail and Restaurant Locations

Far West Fungi is a family-owned and operated mushroom farm in Northern California founded by John and Toby Garrone in 1983. This year marks Far West Fungi’s 40th anniversary. Their farms are spre...


Keenan Farms: Cultivating Excellence in Pistachio Growing

In the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley, where the warm sun and fertile soil create the perfect conditions for pistachio growing, there's a family-owned farm that stands as a symbol of exc...


Seascape Resort in Aptos, CA: A Cliffside Resort with Charm

Imagine waking up to the soothing sound of waves crashing on the shore and stepping out onto your private balcony to witness the sun rising over the vast Pacific Ocean. Welcome to Seascape Resort ...


Stirm Wine Co. – A Small Boutique Winery with Big Dreams in California’s Pajaro Valley

Ryan Stirm, winemaker at Stirm Wine Co., is about as down to earth as his small boutique winery which is hidden on a hillside in the Pajaro Valley. He didn’t plan to be a winemaker, but that’s the...


Harris Ranch Resort: Classy Western Vibes and Farm-to-Table Fun

Welcome to the ultimate getaway destination that combines the best of luxury and farm-fresh fun! Harris Ranch Resort, located in California's San Joaquin Valley, is an oasis that offers a unique a...