View in Browser Our Journalism Needs Your Support Please Donate Today
California Local Logo
Graphic which spells out The Newsletter.

By Eric Johnson
Published May 08, 2023

State Sen. Scott Wiener reminds us that for generations, California has welcomed people to be who and what they are. 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: Member Newsletter May 8, 2023

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.

How California Culture Determines Politics

Ezra Klein of the New York Times is widely and rightly regarded as a preeminent Washington insider, but he is also very much a California boy. Born and raised in Irvine, schooled at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA, he has called San Francisco home for a number of years. As he gets ready to move to New York City, he is taking a last long look at his home state.

Below I preview and briefly excerpt a wide-ranging conversation between Klein and California state Sen. Scott Wiener, the firebrand who recently announced a possible run for US Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s seat. While their talk centers on the limits of classical liberal politics, the two Californians touch briefly and smartly on our state’s cultural legacy.

Wiener, a native of New Jersey, moved as a young man to San Francisco’s Castro District having grown up closeted in a hostile environment. “Something inside told me to go to San Francisco, like generations of queer people have gone to San Francisco,” he recalls.

Wiener was not surprised when the tech boom that transformed his adopted city economically did not change much politically. He says of the armies of workers that bus in and out of SF every day: They could work in tech in a lot of places, and they chose San Francisco because of what it represents.”

Why Democrats Should Pay Attention to California

Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) delivers the keynote address at the  Brookings Institute's Future of the Middle Class Initiative in May, 2019.
Ezra Klein talks to state Sen. Scott Wiener about why progressive policies have failed in a state with no Republicans in power.

California’s Contributions to the Art of Comics

“People come to California for freedom, and one of those freedoms is the freedom to draw. Our state’s central place in the wave of adult, autobiographical and underground comics can’t be overstated—especially in the unrestrained exuberance of cartooning’s heyday, roughly 1967 to 1993.”

Graphic Content

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.
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.

Should Clean Water be a Human Right?

According to a California law passed in 2012, “it is the established policy of the state that every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.” For almost a million Californians, that right is being violated.

Dirty Water: California Faces a Water Contamination Crisis

From nitrates to arsenic to “forever chemicals,” California’s water supply faces a serious pollution threat.
Almost one million California residents are forced to drink from contaminated water supplies, or pay for bottled water. Economic inequality makes the crisis worse. What is the state doing to fix it?

California Media Alliance logo

From Our Media Allies

→ View All
Gilroy Dispatch logo Gilroy’s Housing Plan Now Heads to State

The Gilroy City Council agreed to send its eight-year housing plan to the state for its approval, but only after a few tweaks are made.

SanBenitocom logo Sheriff’s Office Launches New Engagement Platform

The San Benito County Sheriff’s Office has launched Axon’s engagement platform, My90, to collect feedback and improve outcomes following service calls.

SanBenitocom logo Hospital Approved for Line of Credit

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital officials obtained approval to seek a line of credit to potentially extend the struggling Hollister hospital’s financial survival while it finds a viable partner.

  California Local Pin Marker  

Recent News

→ View All

• To Head Off Hospital Closures, Legislators Are Fast-Tracking Loan Program

Several hospitals have warned that they are struggling financially after the strains of the pandemic. A new loan program, if approved, could offer short-term relief.

(05/04/2023) → CalMatters

• Hollister High Robotics Team Gets 3D Printer

Hollister High School’s Team 6884 Deep-Space Robotics received a state-of-the-art printer on from the Shawn P. Herrera and Rodriguez Ochoa foundations.

(05/04/2023) → Benito Link

• Disaster Funding Available to Central Coast

U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren, Jimmy Panetta and Salud Carbajal are encouraging Central Coast local and tribal governments, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education to apply to the U.S. Economic Development Administration for disaster supplemental funding.

(05/02/2023) → Benito Link

• PG&E Incentive Program Provides Bill Credits

The 2023 season for the Power Saver Rewards Program launches May 1, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company residential electric customers are encouraged to register. The program rewards participants for temporarily reducing energy use when demand for electricity is high.

(05/02/2023) → Benito Link
  California Local Pin Marker  

Upcoming Government Meetings

→ View All
Event sponsor logo City of Hollister / City Council Meeting
Monday May 15 2023   6:30 PM