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Image caption: A historical marker commemorates the Battle of Natividad, which took place in the Salinas Valley.
Point in Time

David Schmaltz outlines a pivotal point in California history in his Monterey County Weekly cover story on the Battle of Natividad.


Will California meet the moment on homelessness?

Politicians have made promises and voters have acted, but is California officialdom truly willing and able to confront the state's worst-in-the-nation homelessness crisis?


California election results near final form

Note: The newsletter will pause until Tuesday, Nov. 29 for the holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving! And then there was one. Just one California race for a U.S. House of Representatives seat remained too close to call as of Tuesday, two …


The yin and yang of California’s job picture

California has almost recovered the millions of jobs that vanished during the COVID-19 recession, but the future of employment in the state is cloudy.


Image caption: California's State Capitol, seat of a government with a colorful history, to say the least.
California’s Governmental Structure: From Chaos to Compromise

California's government was born out of utter chaos. Here's how the state developed some sort of order to the way it operates, and how it makes and enforces laws.


El trabajo docente que tiene el ex canciller de CSU genera controversia acerca de los ‘derechos de retiro’

EN RESUMEN Cal Poly San Luis Obispo se enfrenta a una respuesta negativa por la contratación del excanciller de Cal State, Joseph Castro, para un puesto docente. Castro renunció a la cancillería en febrero a raíz de un escándalo sobre …


Ex-CSU chancellor Castro’s teaching job stirs controversy over ‘retreat rights’

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is facing backlash over the hiring of former Cal State Chancellor Joseph Castro for a faculty role. Castro resigned the chancellorship in February in the wake of a scandal over how he handled sexual harassment …


Why California must end the use of herbicide linked to cancer, Parkinson’s

The herbicide paraquat is banned in dozens of countries due to its well-documented links to Parkinson's disease and cancer, yet the U.S. and California still allow it.


Oil tax likely won’t be considered until January

When might Californians get more details about Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to enact a windfall profits tax on oil companies, which newly elected state lawmakers are set to consider in a special legislative session beginning on Dec. 5? The specifics …


Democrats fail to gain in California House races

Democrats hoped to make some big gains in California's congressional elections this year, but the outcome was a virtual draw - and an indirect win for Republicans.


Building on success: David Lesher sets out to define the future of investigative journalism

David Lesher’s drive to hold elected officials accountable makes his work on the new investigative journalism effort meaningful and imperative.


¿Por qué Newsom cedió y liberó $1,000 millones a los planes locales para personas sin hogar pese a que los consideraba poco ambiciosos?

EN RESUMEN El gobernador provocó el caos en las comunidades hace dos semanas al retener $1,000 millones en fondos para personas sin hogar por planes que consideró poco ambiciosos. Pero los funcionarios locales dijeron que la asignación en sí desalentaba …


No, California’s young voters did not turn out more than seniors. But they did clinch elections

The narrative that young voters surpassed seniors in election turnout is simply not true. But they are influencing elections in a major way, and helping Democrats win elections across California.


Mentally ill prisoners in California are three times likelier to get shuffled around

Newly acquired state data shows that the Corrections Department transferred patients with serious mental illnesses an average of five times over a six-year period, underscoring a CalMatters’ investigation this year that revealed the practice and raised questions about the harm …


About-face: Why Newsom relented, released $1 billion despite lackluster local homeless plans

The governor threw communities into disarray two weeks ago by withholding $1 billion in homelessness funding for plans he saw as unambitious. But local officials said the assignment itself discouraged ambition. Now Newsom is yielding.


Amid ‘security concerns,’ no details on Newsom trip

Gov. Gavin Newsom left California on Sunday to travel with his family for the Thanksgiving holiday, but due to security concerns, the trip location won't be revealed until after he returns next weekend, according to his office. The California Highway …


Remember that budget surplus? Never mind

California's projected $97.5 billion budget surplus has failed to materialize and the state now faces at least a $25 billion deficit that will require major adjustments.


California has a home ownership crisis

California has a severe shortage of affordable rental housing, but also has a crisis in home ownership, with the nation's second most expensive home market relative to family incomes.


Image caption: Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses the media after casting his ballot on election day at the California Museum in Sacramento on Nov. 8, 2022.
Will Newsom Put his Extraordinary Popularity to Use?

Gov. Gavin Newsom has won three gubernatorial elections with historic support. He should use his popularity to unite constituencies and improve some of California’s intractable problems.


Newsom enjoys historic support in California. Will he put it to use?

Gov. Gavin Newsom has won three gubernatorial elections with historic support. He should use his popularity to unite constituencies and improve some of California’s intractable problems.


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