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Image caption: Gov. Gavin Newsom names Laphonza Butler, longtime political strategist, to replace the late Dianne Feinstein in the U.S. Senate.
Newsom Names Laphonza Butler to Replace Dianne Feinstein in Senate

The governor says he's not stopping the president of EMILY's List and former University of California regent from running for a full term in the 2024 election. He rebuffed pressure to appoint Rep. Barbara Lee.

Image caption: Yolo County faces significant flooding risk, particularly the city of West Sacramento, located at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers.
Disaster Prep: Alerts, Maps and Apps

When disaster strikes, you’ll need to have these information resources available on your smartphone.

Image caption: Many regions in California were hit hard by the 2022-23 winter storms. In Sacramento, the losses came in the form of a thinning of the urban forest.
Oct. 2, 2023: Connectivity in a Crisis

When you’re getting your go kit together, don’t forget to make sure your phone is smart enough to handle any disaster.

Image caption: Gov. Newsom this week signed a law creating a new 11 percent excise tax on gun manufacturers and retailers.
Gun Manufacturers Fear Days Are Numbered in California

Gov. Newsom just signed a tax on firearms and ammunition, among other new gun control laws. California’s remaining gun manufacturers wonder if they have a future.

Image caption: Border Patrol policies deliberately channel migrants through some of the harshest desert areas in California, resulting in frequent deaths.
Border Patrol Routes Migrants Into Deadly Imperial Valley Desert

In the Imperial County desert, a volunteer group routinely maintains large barrels filled with water to help migrants traversing the California desert. As rescues increase, the longstanding immigration policies that funneled migrants to such harsh terrain deserve scrutiny.

Image caption: California workers could receive unemployment benefits if they go on strike. It’s up to Gavin Newsom.
Gov to Decide if Unemployment Benefits Go to Striking Workers

A union-backed bill that would make strikers eligible for California’s unemployment benefits awaits the governor’s signature. Businesses say it’ll cost too much.

Image caption: It's a long way to the top, if you wanna rock ’n’ roll (or do journalism).
Progress Report

In this issue of The Newsletter, we ponder incremental progress as reflected in the journey of two newsrooms.

Image caption: The tricky part is putting it all together.
What’s New @CALocal: September 2023

We’ve made it easier to find and track news and other information and connect with your local elected representatives.

Image caption: Many Planned Parenthood workers say they have heavier workloads and tougher working conditions since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Planned Parenthood Workers Unionize After Roe v. Wade Overturn

Planned Parenthood clinics in Southern California saw a sharp increase in abortions after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. Now, workers at the clinics are creating a union.

Image caption: California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has a plan that may be the last chance to keep home insurers covering homes in the state.
New Plan to Fix Home Insurance Crisis: What You Need to Know

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara unveils a plan to shore up the California insurance market for homeowners. Insurers would return to wildfire zones, but would have an easier path to rate increases.

Image caption: Fewer and fewer Californians every month have health insurance due to thinning of enrollment in the state's free health plan for low-income people.
Thousands of Californians Lost Medi-Cal. Here’s What to Do Now

About 300,000 Californians have lost Medi-Cal coverage since the state resumed eligibility checks. You have options if you get a notice about your coverage.

Image caption: What the hell happened to this sweet, smart kid?
Sept. 18, 2023: Problem Child.

Big Social Media is abandoning the field of reliable information-distribution in some big ways. CALocal is helping to fill that hole—with maps.

Image caption: Detail of interactive map that delivers real-time information drawn from reliable sources.
Distributing Ground Truth by Mapping the Situation

Social media were once very good at sharing reliable first-hand information about fires, floods, etc. Not any more. Here’s an alternative.

Image caption: Voters will decide whether to spend funds previously earmarked for mental health care on housing of the homeless.
Newsom’s Mental Health Plan Heads to Voters. What Does it Say?

California collects a special tax on high incomes to fund mental health services. Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to change how the money is spent so a share of it can be used to fund housing for homeless people with mental …

Image caption: As California's legislative session ends, lawmakers take no steps to address the state's fire insurance crisis.
Legislature Fails to Address California Fire Insurance Crisis

Legislators weren’t able to reach a compromise that helps insurers with wildfire risk while also protecting homeowners. Interest groups hope to find one in meetings this fall.

Image caption: Non-law enforcement spending on anti-hate efforts has topped $200 million since 2021, more than any other state.
California Spends Millions to Stop Hate Crimes. Here’s How

Hate crimes were up 20 percent in California in 2022, with those against transgender, Muslim and Black people increasing especially sharply. But the state is also spending more than any other to combat such crimes, including a hotline, state commission …

Image caption: Before cities order police to clear out homeless camps, courts have ruled they must provide “adequate” shelter.
Do California Cities Offer ‘Adequate Shelter’ for Homeless?

Police can’t force homeless people from encampments unless the city in question has “adequate shelter” for those who are displaced, according to courts. Now everyone involved wants to know what “adequate” means.

Image caption: New legislation will impose penalties on local school boards that ban books for covering issues of diversity.
New California Bill Slaps Back at School Book Bans

California will penalize school boards that ban books based on inclusion of certain groups under a bill the governor is expected to sign into law. But some fear unintended consequences.

Image caption: The Sacramento region may be the center of state politics, but it’s also a world-class destination for serious athletes. Find out more in our guide to running in the Capital region.
Sept 11, 2023: The Lighter Side of … California

Take a break from the weighty worries of the modern world. Go on a run, absorb some culture, and yuk it up with California-born comedians.

Image caption: Run to Feed the Hungry participants raise funds for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.
Running Around California’s Capital Region

From marathoners to casual joggers, enthusiasts can take advantage of the Sacramento region’s diverse trails, terrain, and competitive events.

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Armed with trash bags, pickup tongs and heavy-duty gloves, around 22 volunteers turned out to pick up trash along Cache Creek west of Woodland.


In Memory Of

The Opera House recently learned of the passing of Elaine Edstrom, its very first executive director, who served from 1988-1996 as the organization transitioned from the renovation phase to an operational, producing theatre.



Woodland Joint Unified School District Trustee Bibiana Garcia is among the dozens of regional educational leaders to be recognized early next week by the Yolo County School Boards Association during its annual Excellence in Education Awards.



As part of its project to recognize those who do good work in the community, the Daily Democrat has named Friends of the Yolo Branch Library volunteer Meg Sheldon as a nominee for the first Yolo County Hero award.



The Daily Democrat has nominated Mary Kimball as a contender for the first Yolo County Hero award. Her work for the Center for Land-Based Learning has educated entire communities on the importance of farming and environmentalism while also providing avenues for success for aspiring farmers and environmentalists.



Second on the list of the Daily Democrat's top five nominees for the first Yolo County Hero award is someone who needs no introduction among the local masses, but will get one anyway: Dr. Marlan “Skip” Davies.

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US Youth Volleyball League
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Trivia Tuesday
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New Parent Support Group
Wednesday October 4 2023   9:00 AM

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Nursery Volunteer Day
Wednesday October 4 2023   9:00 AM

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Thriving Pink: Silent Auction
Wednesday October 4 2023   11:00 AM

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Negar Kalantar:"Design for Circularity"
Wednesday October 4 2023   12:00 PM

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Creek Explorers: Plants, Trees, & Pollinators
Wednesday October 4 2023   2:00 PM

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FREE Class: Contemporary Dance Level 1 (Youth)
Wednesday October 4 2023   3:45 PM

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Davis Farmers Market
Wednesday October 4 2023   4:00 PM

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UCD Men's Soccer Home Game
Wednesday October 4 2023   7:00 PM

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Pub Quiz
Wednesday October 4 2023   7:00 PM

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Samara Joy
Wednesday October 4 2023   7:30 PM

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Landscape Grasses Workshop
Saturday October 7 2023   9:00 AM

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Loomis Eggplant Festival
Saturday October 7 2023   All Day