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Welcome to California Local (Beta)
Thank you for finding California Local. This is what we’re doing, and why we’re doing it.

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California Dirt
What do resource conservation districts protect? Pretty much everything that’s worth saving.

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Link Between Port Traffic Jams and Oil Spill, Explained
Here’s why cargo ship traffic has been dangerously heavy at California’s ports in 2021, and how the backup may have caused a disaster.

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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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: 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 laws and commandeer private property. Here's why, and how it works.

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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.

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: Local cities and counties struggle to regulate the exploding short-term rental industry.
Short-Term Losses
The short-term or ‘vacation’ rental industry spawns hundreds of horror stories and damages the housing market, but governments struggle with how to bring it under control.

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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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Mercury Rising
In a series of articles, the Los Angeles Times explores the most literal result of global warming: extreme heat.

Image caption: Renzo Piano’s “a soap bubble that will never break” is now open to the public, showcasing highlights of cinema history.
Movie Magic
At long last, the state has a world-class museum to commemorate one of its most essential industries.

Image caption: The state's economic recovery from the pandemic has been slower than expected.
Why California Jobs Have Been Slow to Come Back, Explained
Extended unemployment benefits, the state's eviction moratorium and other COVID relief measures have ended. But people are still out of work and hurting in California as the recovery remains slow.

Image caption: The schoolhouse was the biggest building in Allensworth, the town founded by Col. Allen Allensworth, which is now a state park.
Civil Rights, Historical Wrongs
Sacramento-based news outlet talks to Jonathan Burgess and L. Dee Slade, both testifying before the Reparations Task Force.