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Cozy Holiday by the Fireplace? Forget It, Says Air Quality District
Wood smoke is the Bay Area’s major source of pollution in the winter. One fireplace can pollute a whole neighborhood, air district officials said.
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Santa Clara County Educators Fight for Safer Classrooms
As historian Jacques Barzun once wrote, “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” The underpaid and overworked paraeducators in Santa Clara County might concur.
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DA, Police Announce Dec. 10 Gun Buyback in Morgan Hill
Santa Clara County officials are asking the public to turn in their unwanted guns—for cash—at a Dec. 10 firearms buyback event at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center.
Pescadero's Pigeon Point Lighthouse Turns 150

The local landmark that hosts daytrippers and hostel guests alike is about to undergo renovations that could increase public access.

(Nov. 27, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Vonnegut, Ortiz and Cornes Secure Seats on MVLA High School Board

With 98 percent of the votes counted, Catherine Vonnegut, Esmeralda Ortiz and Thida Cornes appear to have secured seats on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District's board. Fourth-place finisher Eric Mark has conceded.

(Nov. 26, 2022) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
San Jose Could House Homeless at VTA Stations

A light rail train yard and station may soon shelter homeless residents in San Jose. Councilmembers are considering temporary housing sites at two VTA locations—Cerone and Cottle—to increase the interim housing stock, as homelessness in the city continues to climb.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
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Welcome to California Local

Thank you for finding California Local. This is what we’re doing, and why we’re doing it.

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.

Image caption: San Jose International Airport Communications Manager Jill Stone advises travelers to check with airlines directly for the latest itinerary updates before hitting the terminal.
Flying High Again

While bottom lines are expected to improve globally, North America is the only region airlines are expected to see profitability. Mineta San Jose International Airport hopes to enjoy some as well.

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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.

Image caption: The Jackson Avenue Townhomes will be fixed with solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations, and should be fully operational by April 2024, the County said.
Measure A will fund 242 new apartments, 14 townhomes in Santa Clara County

The newly approved homes include 36 housing units in San José—12 rentals and 14 townhomes.

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.

Image caption: Felicia Gold casts her ballot at the California Museum on Nov. 8, 2022.
How California Could Count Every Vote Faster

California has expanded voting access and participation, but that can delay election results. Are there ways to count votes faster without undermining election security?

Image caption: Gases being released at the Marathon oil refinery in Martinez. Under the state's new climate change plan, refineries would capture carbon emissions and inject them underground.
California Revises Climate Change Strategy

A new version of California’s climate plan sets a more stringent—some say unrealistic—target for cutting greenhouse gases. It also relies on controversial carbon capture projects, which would be responsible for 15% of all cuts.

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The Most Diverse California Legislature Ever

While votes are still being counted, it appears that the next Legislature will include the most women and LGBTQ members ever. Advocacy groups are already celebrating, but how much difference will the diversity make in policy?

Image caption: California has three cities of more than 1 million people, and 187 of over 50,000.
Cities in California: What Does it Take to Be One?

California is full of places and communities, but most are not cities. Here's what it takes for a community to become a city, the benefits of being one—and why the state has a 'de facto moratorium' on new cities.

Image caption: Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to the media at a Prop 1 celebration event at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento on Nov. 8, 2022.
California Election Drama May Be Yet to Come

After months of anticipation and buildup, California's general election came and went — and so far, things don't look very different than they did before polls closed Tuesday night. But some of the races that could be among the most …

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Could Mastodon Become the New Twitter?

Following Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter, droves are fleeing the social network and joining Mastodon, an open-source federated service in the 'Fediverse.'

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Taking Back Information Control From Billionaires

Billionaires now own Twitter, Facebook and numerous other online and offline media outlets. But there are other information sources not run by the super-rich. We've found a few and listed them here.

Image caption: Levi's Stadium, which is owned by the city of Santa Clara and leased to the San Francisco 49ers, has become a virtual battleground.
49ers-Backed Santa Clara Councilmembers Accused of Cover-Up

The 49ers PAC spent an unprecedented $3 million on Anthony Becker, Sudhanshu “Suds” Jain, and Kevin Park's campaigns. Now they and two of their peers must respond to lack of transparency and cover-up charges from the Civil Grand Jury, and …

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What Elon Musk Really Wants From Twitter

Elon Musk says he plans to make Twitter a haven for 'free speech,' but a look at his list of investors suggests that the world's richest person may have other reasons for purchasing the highly influential social media platform.

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Pelosi Attack Illuminates 4 California Challenges

Friday’s attack on Paul Pelosi, husband to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, has cast a harsh light on intertwined, deeply ingrained problems facing the state.

Image caption: First 5’s Heidi Emberling says, “The biggest issue facing the childcare field right now is the teacher shortage.”
Getting Off to a Good Start

Ninety percent of a child's brain is developed by the age of 5—which is why First 5’s programs are aimed at Santa Clara County’s youngest residents.

Image caption: Owning homes is the primary way the middle class builds wealth, and an option no longer available to most Californians.
Is California’s Housing Crisis Making Inequality Worse?

California has some of the worst economic inequality in the United States. Is the housing crisis a cause?

Image caption: At an Oct. 11 discussion (available on YouTube), the LWV dissects issues on the ballot in Palo Alto.
League of Women Voters Analyze Props and Measures

Palo Alto voters will vote on seven statewide props and two local measures this election.

Image caption: California Governor Gavin Newsom speaking with participants at a September Climate Commitment press conference in Vallejo, CA.
Is Gavin Newsom Campaigning for President?

California’s governor is spending more time and money on two ballot measures and a possible presidential run than his own reelection campaign.

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Curtain Up Theater Review . . . by Camille Bounds: A Christmas Story” is a delightful visit to a gentler time

Show about young boy’s hilarious holidays on stage at Morgan Hill Playhouse until Dec.  10 By Camille Bounds Camille Bounds There is “The Nutcracker,” “A Christmas Carol,” “It’s a Wonderful Life...


Archive: Published in the November 30 – December 13, 2022 issue of Morgan Hill Life

Click on the headlines below to discover stories and columns Main story: Pro football team to train at Morgan Hill’s Outdoor Sports Center   Gilroy Library: Activist Huerta shares stories to open ...


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