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The Gilroy Historical Society supports the city-owned Gilroy Museum, and also serves as a point of connection for people interested in the history of Gilroy and the surrounding area. Closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is open once again.

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Interior Secretary Orders Panel to Eliminate Derogatory Place Names

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has formally declared “squaw” a derogatory term. Haaland is ordering a federal panel charged with naming geographic places to eliminate racist terms from federal use.

(Nov. 21, 2021) → Read the full Tahoe Daily Tribune report
A Hidden Agricultural Gem of Santa Clara Valley Struggles to Not Be Forgotten

J & P Cosentino Family Farm is an essential part of Santa Clara Valley's history, but unfortunately not enough people know about this landmark, which is now fighting to remain the last agricultural destination standing.

(Nov. 11, 2021) → Read the full San Jose Inside report

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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.

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: Economists say that inflation is 2021 is the direct result of the pandemic.
How Bad Is Inflation, and How Can It Be Stopped?
Inflation is on the rise, with prices in some parts of California their highest in 13 years. Here’s what caused this round of inflation, and how can it be stopped.

Image caption: Santa Clara County’s 265,000 students are spread among 31 school districts.
History Lesson
Santa Clara County’s school system is complicated, with its 31 separate districts. But that number was once much higher. Here’s how they all fit together.

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.

Image caption: Jack Kerouac with fellow Beat traveler Al Hinkle.
The Beats Go On in Los Gatos
Famed author Jack Keroauc got off the road and stayed with Neal Cassady—a time that son John remembers well.

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: There's too much information these days. But explanatory reporting can help.
What Makes a News Article an ‘Explainer,’ Anyway?
In an era of information overload, here’s how a rising form of journalism helps explain it all for you, and why California Local publishes ‘explanatory’ reporting.

Image caption: There are still 27 oil platforms off the California coastline.
Offshore Oil Drilling in California Waters, Explained
Why is California still experiencing offshore oil spills half-a-century after the catastrophic Santa Barbara disaster? The answer is found in the state’s longtime, close relationship with the oil business.

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