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Welcome to California Local (Beta)
Thank you for finding California Local. This is what we’re doing, and why we’re doing it.

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Getting to Yes
In which we ponder how to make things better in a climate of no.

Image caption: Access to abortion in California is limited in many areas, though state laws protect a woman’s right to choose.
Abortion Rights in California, Explained
California has historically been ahead of the rest of the country in expanding the legal right to abortion services. Here’s what state laws say today, and how we got here.

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How Not to Feel the Burn
California residents can turn to these public and private entities to help prepare for wildfires and protect their property.

Image caption: There are more than 300 community service districts in California.
Community Services Districts, Explained
Community service districts can do most anything a city government can do. Here’s how they work and how to start one.

Image caption: When people of color go missing, only one-fifth of the cases receive media coverage.
Search for Missing Justice
When people of color vanish, only one-fifth of the cases receive media coverage. These activists want to change that.

Image caption: Hernandez Reservoir is among the water sources in San Benito County.
San Benito County Water Districts, Explained
Here's how San Benito County and its quartet of water districts delivers water to its residents and businesses.

Image caption: San Benito is one of the few California counties without a special district in charge of fire protection.
San Benito County’s Fire Protection System, Explained
Much of San Benito County’s fire protection is the responsibility of the City of Hollister. Here’s how the county is trying to change that, and start a single special fire district.

Image caption: A new California law will lower local speed limits and—advocates hope—reduce traffic fatalities.
Can Traffic Fatalities Be Cut to Zero? Here’s How California is Trying
A new California law to lower speed limits, AB 43, is part of an overall effort, called ‘Vision Zero,’ to eliminate traffic deaths completely. Here’s what the law does, and why it can make a difference.

Image caption: Mosquitos kill about 725,000 people every year, worldwide.
Taking a Bite Out of the Mosquito Population
The pesky mosquito can be deadly as well as annoying. Here’s how local governments in California have been waging war on mosquitoes for more than a century.

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Celebrating Veterans Every Day
About 1.8 million veterans live in California. Here are some organizations dedicated to serving the needs of those who served America.

Image caption: Californians continue to set clocks back every fall, and ahead each spring.
Daylight Saving Time, Explained
After a 2018 vote authorizing the state legislature to make daylight saving time year-round, Californians are still changing their clocks twice per year. How did we get here?

Image caption: Californians have a lengthy history of getting involved in the civic affairs that govern their daily lives.
California’s History of Civic Engagement, Explained
California’s history of people getting directly involved in the affairs of government dates back more than a century, but it has sometimes been coopted by business and other interests.

Image caption: Kate Roberts, President and CEO of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP); Rep. Jimmy Panetta; and state Sen. John Laird at the virtual MBEP “State of the Region” conference.
5 Takeaways From MBEP’s 7th Annual State of the Region
The 7th annual Monterey Bay Economic Partnership’s “State of the Region” conference covered a wide range of topics from child care, to the COVID pandemic, to folding houses.

Image caption: Some songs less traveled from around the Golden State.
Around the State in 13 Songs
A baker’s dozen of great and not-so-great ditties from all over California.

Image caption: Water is a human right under California law, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
Agriculture and Water Shortages in the State’s Breadbasket, Explained
Residential wells are drying up in the state’s main agricultural region at the same time that agricultural businesses consume almost 90 percent of the water there.