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Image caption: Gov. Gavin News signed a broad new set of police reform laws Sept. 30.
California’s Sweeping New Police Reform Laws, Explained
Gov. Gavin Newsom and California’s Democratic legislators have enacted a sweeping new package of police reform legislation. Here’s what the new laws will accomplish, and why.

Image caption: Water is a human right under California law, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
Agriculture and Water Shortages in the State’s Breadbasket, Explained
Residential wells are drying up in the state’s main agricultural region at the same time that agricultural businesses consume almost 90 percent of the water there.

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Newsom Extends Emergency Powers

Gov. Gavin Newsom has extended California’s state of emergency in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic into 2022, prompting some to ask when an end will be in sight.

(Nov. 15, 2021) → Read the full San Jose Inside report
Political Maps Could Cause Issues for Some Politicians

Recently revealed political maps from the state’s redistricting commission could potentially leave some members of Congress floating and cause others to campaign against colleagues of the same party in a year that determines which party takes control of Congress.

(Nov. 11, 2021) → Read the full Associated Press Sacramento report
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