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Image caption: A California constitutional amendment protecting abortion rights is in the works.
Abortion Rights in California After SCOTUS Opinion

Abortion rights will remain protected, even expanded in California after the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, Gov. Gavin Newsom vows after a leaked SCOTUS opinion reveals the court plans to abolish the right to choose.


Image caption: The homeless is California are often afflicted with severe mental health issues.
Mental Health and the Homeless: Newsom’s CARE Court Plan

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new CARE Court plan aims to get homeless Californians experiencing mental health problems into treatment and off the street. But can it actually work?


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Gas Prices Are Going Up. Here's Why That's Good

Gas prices are going up. But America has long paid too little for gasoline, along with a low gas tax rate. Is it time for all of that to change?


Image caption: A new report is sharply critical of California's laws and rules for granting water rights.
Bringing California Water Laws Into the Future

California’s outdated water rights laws have failed to account for the effects of climate change, says a new expert report, which makes some strong recommendations.


Image caption: The 'Red, White and Blueprint' group plans to spread from Shasta to other California counties.
A Militia Used the Recall Process to Seize Power in One Northern County

Members of a far-right militia group backed a recall election against a conservative Republican to take control of the Board of Supervisors in Shasta County. Here’s how it happened.


Image caption: The Omicron variant spreads twice as fast as the highly contagious Delta variant.
What is ‘Omicron,’ and What’s California Doing About it?

Omicron is a new variant of the COVID-causing coronavirus that has now arrived in California and is causing fears of a new pandemic wave. What is it? Why are people so worried? And what, if anything, is California doing to …


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: 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: The state’s largest news industry trade group is now open to freelancers.
CNPA Now Admits Freelance Members

Three years after changing its name to reflect the contemporary news business environment, CNPA makes another change with the times, admitting freelance writers and content creators as members.


Image caption: Gavin Newsom has reason to be upbeat after crushing an attempt to recall him on Sept. 14.
Recall Election Ends in Rout For Newsom, So What's Next?

Gavin Newsom's star is on the rise after a dominant victory over a recall attempt, but leading Republican candidate Larry Elder says he's only getting started.


Image caption: Billionaires on both sides have ponied up big bucks in California's gubernatorial recall.
Big Money Battles it Out as Recall Campaign Nears Conclusion

When California adopted the recall law 110 years ago, it was to keep big money out of politics. Now billionaire donors are dominating this year's gubernatorial recall campaign on both sides.


Image caption: Larry Elder, the frontrunner among candidates hoping to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Is California’s Recall Voting Process Undemocratic?

The next governor of California could win election with far fewer votes that the incumbent governor in the state's recall vote Sept. 14. How did the recall process become so undemocratic?


Image caption: A new study appears to show Bay Area homes becoming more 'affordable' during the pandemic.
Bay Area Houses Are Getting More Affordable — For Some

A new study shows how Bay Area incomes have outrun home prices in most Bay Area counties. But not everyone is reaping the benefits.


Image caption: California's largest county has reinstated mask requirements and others may soon follow.
Why Mask Requirements May Be Back, Explained

Mask requirements appear to be on the way back in California, including for fully vaccinated people. Here's why.


Image caption: Some small composting facilities, made necessary by a methane-reduction law,  have been set up in or near community gardens.
Compost Belongs in the Garden

Californians Against Waste was one of the main advocates behind SB 1383, which requires California to divert 75 percent of its organic waste from landfills. California Local talked to CAW’s Nick Lapis to learn more about what it does and …


Image caption: Gov. Gavin Newsom wants Californians to wear masks this Halloween.
Staying Safe in Spooky Times

The Department of Public Health has updated guidelines for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.


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New Hope From Gilead

The company has gotten emergency FDA approval for a new drug to treat COVID-19.


Image caption: <p>The warning system was developed by the California Office of Emergency Services, U.S. Geological Survey, UC Berkeley and Caltech.</p>
Quake Early Warning App Drops

Statewide system launches on 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake,


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