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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.

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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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.

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: Too much noise is a form of pollution. So what are governments doing about it?
How Governments Try to Quiet Down Noise Pollution, Explained
Noise is a form of pollution that threatens public health like any other type of environmental pollution. Here's what federal, state and local governments are doing to quiet things down.

Image caption: LAFCOs were created in part to rein in suburban sprawl.
LAFCOs Are No Joke: The Boards That Set Government Boundaries
What’s a LAFCO? That’s the odd-sounding acronym for the independent boards that get a grip on suburban sprawl and government inefficiency.

Image caption: The Caldor Fire in El Dorado County, seen via satellite photo.
Climate Change Fuels ‘Explosive’ Caldor Fire
A combination of factors all related to climate change are fueling the ‘unprecedented’ growth of the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County.

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.

Image caption: The Dixie Fire, as seen from a NASA Satellite on August 4.
Judge Orders PG&E to Hand Over Info on Dixie Fire
PG&E has a long history of starting wildfires, including the Dixie Fire, with equipment failures. Now, a federal judge wants the company to hand over information on the fires it has started this year.

Image caption: The federal government has suspended its 'let it burn' wildfire policy.
New River Fire Burns 2,400 Acres in Placer, Nevada Counties
As a new wildfire burned through Nevada and Placer counties, federal officials said they would now be more aggressive fighting fires.

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