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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, the CNPA makes another change with the times, admitting freelance writers and content creators as members.

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

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: California will soon be getting a new hotline number as an alternative to 911 for mental health crises.
988, the New Mental Health Emergency Number, Explained
California will soon add a new emergency hotline service with the number 988. Here's the story behind that new service, and the original 911 number.

Image caption: The move to district city council elections remains controversial in Santa Cruz.
'Santa Cruz Local' Reports on Move to District Council Elections
The switch from at-large to district-based city council elections has yet to get the entire council on board, according to a 'Santa Cruz Local' report.

Image caption: California's three-year-old legal cannabis industry is already struggling. Here's why.
The Crisis in California’s Legal Cannabis Industry, Explained
Cumbersome state bureaucracy and competition from their illegal counterparts has made life perilous for California's nascent legal cannabis businesses.

Image caption: States have expansive powers to protect the health of the general public.
The State's Broad Power to Protect Public Health, Explained
Since long before the COVID-19 pandemic, states have possessed broad authority to protect public health, even to suspend certain laws and commandeer private property. Here's why, and how it works.

Image caption: Northern pintails and many other species of waterfowl depend on marshland in the Klamath Basin during migration.
Dying for Fresh Water
This year, an estimated 60,000 birds have been poisoned by botulism in one of the oldest waterfowl conservation reserves in the state.

Image caption: The ski resort once called 'Squaw Valley' has changed its name, which resort owners acknowledged was racist and sexist.
Ski Resort Changes ‘Derogatory, Offensive’ Name
The name change of one of California's most historic ski resorts is part of a statewide and national trend to reexamine offensive place names.

Image caption: California Local Publisher Michael Gelbman talks about his vision for the site’s future.
Tell Us a Story
California Local gives a voice to community volunteers—and the business leaders who make their work possible.

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I’ve Got a Hunch
And I know you have one as well. Let’s compare notes.

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The Genius of Democracy
In which we ponder human self organization.

Image caption: Matt Werner’s “Burning Man: The Musical” lampoons how moneyed visitors eschewed the festival’s original grassroots ethos.
The Playa’s the Thing
Palo Alto Weekly interviews Matt Werner, whose play ‘Burning Man: The Musical’ is available on Broadway On Demand and Streaming Musicals.

Image caption: 41 candidates to replace Gavin Newsom already handed over their tax returns.
Judge Rules Recall Candidates Don’t Need To Reveal Tax Returns
Even though 41 candidates to replace Gavin Newsom in the Sept. 14 recall election have revealed their tax returns, a judge now says that wasn’t necessary.

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: A Pyrocumulus cloud generated by the Dixie Fire in July, 2021.
What is Fire 'Containment?' That and Other Terms, Explained
What does it mean when firefighters call a fire "contained?" Here's a brief guide to commonly used fire prevention terminology.

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