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Image caption: Members of the public attend a California Reparations Task Force meeting at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 23, 2022.
State Could Owe Many Black Californians $200K

Black Californians could be due hundreds of thousands of dollars for housing discrimination, incarceration, and health disparities alone, consultants said at reparations task force hearings.

Image caption: An estimated 30,000 women participated in the 2018 Women's March Sacramento, which concluded with a rally on the steps of the California State Capitol.
Cement Reproductive Rights in California’s Constitution

Proposition 1 is on the November ballot to shore up the rights we’re losing at the federal level and to reaffirm the idea that basic decisions about reproductive health care should lie with individuals, not government officials.

Image caption: California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a number of climate-related bills surrounded by state legislators at a press conference at the USDA Forest Service Regional Office on Mare Island in Vallejo on Sept. 16, 2022.
Newsom’s California Economic Forecast: Veto Message Edition

Loyal readers of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s veto messages may have noticed a new theme popping up lately; Newsom, again and again: “With our state facing lower-than-expected revenues over the first few months of this fiscal year, it is important to …

Image caption: The Sacramento County Registrar of Voters office in Sacramento on June 7, 2022.
CalMatters 2022 General Election Voter Guide

The nonpartisan CalMatters 2022 Voter Guide was crafted by reporters, editors, data journalists, visual journalists and product designers.

Image caption: A Fresno resident uses an umbrella to shield herself from the sun on Aug. 30, 2022, as a heat wave descended over California.
A Do-or-Die Day For California’s Power Grid

Today, California's power grid is poised to face its biggest test of the summer so far as a record-setting heat wave continues to boil the drought-parched, fire-stricken state. As residents crank up their air conditioners to deal with yet another …

Image caption: The state will dramatically accelerate clean-energy adoption following the passage of SB 1020, authored by Santa Cruz’s Sen. John Laird.
California Legislature Approves 5 of 6 Big Climate Crisis Bills

Five of the six climate and energy bills that the governor pushed at the last minute were approved by the Legislature.

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Newsom Leans Into Legislative Agenda

In his first three years as governor, Newsom mostly acted through executive orders or the state budget. This year, he’s pushing more legislation as he builds his resume for reelection and, possibly, higher office. Key bills focus on climate change …

Image caption: Rep. Michelle Steel chats with a registered Republican voter through his front gate while canvassing for voters ahead of Tuesday's primary in Buena Park.
Could California Save Dems’ US House Majority?

Democrats are targeting five Republican-held congressional seats in California this year, hoping that gains in the state could save their House majority.

Image caption: Mountain lion near I-15 in Riverside County
Wildlife Crossings Make Roads Safer for Animals and Humans

The Safe Roads and Wildlife Protection Act would require Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to identify wildlife barriers and prioritize crossings when building or improving roads and highways.

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State Must Kick-Start Funding for Electric Bus Fleet Programs

Putting more electric trucks and buses on California roads will improve air quality and grow local jobs. But for many fleets, the transition to electric will require innovative policy and finance solutions to get the job done on pace with …

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Is the University of California Requiring a Diversity Oath?

The University of California is requiring candidates for faculty employment or promotion to write statements declaring their active support for diversity policies, but some see it as impinging on academic freedom.

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SJI Power Poll: Charge Trump with a Crime

Meanwhile, the latest San Jose Inside Power Poll finds that voters don’t much care about the fate of the former city hall.

Image caption: CalMatters reporter Nadia Lopez interviews Keith Krugh at the Redding Cement Plant in Redding on June 7, 2022.
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Image caption: Protesters gathered at the California Capitol rally against abortion measures before the Legislature on June 22, 2022.
After Roe: Abortion in California

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Roe decision, here are key takeaways of what to expect for abortion in California.

Image caption: WaPo called Sacramento "the capital of Blue State America," and said the city “mirrors how much of the state, as well as many major cities across the coastal West, are feeling about the worsening humanitarian crisis."
'Washington Post' Details Sacramento Homeless Crisis

The 'Washington Post' descends on the "capital of Blue State America" to expose the ongoing homeless crisis in Sacramento.

Image caption: Valero Oil Refinery in Benicia
Information War in Benicia

The LA Times' Mark Z. Barabak tells the tale of Steve Young, mayor of the small North Bay Area city of Benicia, who is in a battle with the Valero Energy Corp.

Image caption: The Sacramento Farmers Market features numerous Black-owned businesses.
New Site Aims to Boost Sacramento’s Black-Owned Businesses

A Sacramento Observer report focuses on a new website,, that aims to promote the city’s Black-owned businesses.

Image caption: Measures taken to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus have been sparking protests since the pandemic began in 2020.
Going to Extremes

Since the pandemic, conspiracy theories and violent rhetoric have also gone viral in California, and McClatchy’s reporters are investigating.


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