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CALmatters is a Sacramento-based nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California's state Capitol works and why it matters. It works with more than 130 media partners throughout the state that have long, deep relationships with their local audiences, including Embarcadero Media (publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice, Pleasanton Weekly and The Almanac in Menlo Park and their websites.)

Here are the most recent stories reported by CALmatters' team of journalists:


California wildfires threaten water supply. Here’s how

Marc Marcantonio: Public drinking water suppliers’ financial stability is threatened if they are saddled with the cost of damage caused by fires they don’t start. And that could put the safety of our drinking water at risk.

Thu, Jun 20, 2019 8:00 am
Democratic voters more centrist than their party

The recent state Democratic Party convention was dominated by the party's left-wing activists, but the broader array of Democratic voters doesn't lean as far to the port.

Thu, Jun 20, 2019 12:01 am
Wall Street salivates at the housing ‘solution’ offered by Senate Bill 50

John Mirisch: Scores of housing bills circulate in Sacramento, one worse than the next. Collectively, they threaten to destroy our unique and dynamic communities to various degrees, many in the service of Wall Street and other special interest groups. Wall Street is notorious for not caring about the path of destruction it leaves in its wake in search of ever-greater profits.

Wed, Jun 19, 2019 8:00 am
Bill reduces ballot measure transparency

A new bill would water down the requirement that local governments be upfront on the taxation effects of their tax and bond ballot measures.

Wed, Jun 19, 2019 12:01 am
George Tyndall’s ‘patients’ turn to the Legislature for justice

Nicole Haynes and Mai Mizuno: AB 1510 would give Dr. George Tyndall's 'patients' a choice: Join the federal class action, or fight it out alone in state civil court, a venue that could more fully hold Tyndall and USC accountable. We are fighting to put the past and our shared secret behind us and move forward with our lives. We hope California legislators will understand, and not suppress our individual voices and rights.

Tue, Jun 18, 2019 11:00 am
California Legislature must act to protect environment from Trump’s assaults

Terry Tamminen: Federal agencies plan to ignore new state requirements in order to deliver more San Francisco Bay-Delta water to powerful San Joaquin Valley farmers in the Westlands Water District.  This would do more than harm salmon fishermen and the West Coast’s largest estuary. An elegant solution lies in Senate Bill 1 by Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins.

Tue, Jun 18, 2019 8:00 am
Cities pledge to find solutions to California’s homeless crisis

Carolyn Coleman: There is no single or easy solution to address homelessness, but building more affordable housing is a major part of the answer. That is why the League of California Cities strongly supports Gov. Newsom’s budget proposals which provide more resources, and Senate Bill 5 to help support the construction of more housing for low- and very-low income Californians.

Mon, Jun 17, 2019 8:00 am
Lessons from the Old Courthouse in El Centro

Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar: My responsibility goes beyond deciding cases. We must help the public understand what we do and share our collective knowledge. Nowhere is that mission more urgent than when it comes to improving the lives of our state’s children.

Sun, Jun 16, 2019 8:20 am
Big caveats in new state budget

While politicians tout the state's new budget, there are some very large caveats attached to it.

Sun, Jun 16, 2019 12:01 am
Episode Three: The Deciders

For more than a year, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber has been working on a bill meant to curb police shootings by limiting when police can use deadly force. She persevered through political setbacks and failed attempts at compromise before landing on a version that now appears likely to become law.

Fri, Jun 14, 2019 9:34 am
Helping to define what it means to be ‘Made in California’

Lenny Mendonca: Government officials don't do a good job of engaging the public as we grapple with big, complex challenges. Today, my team at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development is launching a new podcast called Made in California to change that dynamic.  

Fri, Jun 14, 2019 7:37 am
How Trump administration undermines reproductive and LGBTQ rights in California

Lori Freedman and Rebecca Griffin: We’re facing an unprecedented sweep of abortion bans across the country, a frontal attack that we must fight back. A new Trump administration regulation puts the full force of the government behind individuals and institutions that refuse to provide care in the name of religious beliefs. This unnecessary overreach emboldens people to discriminate and has dangerous implications for people’s health. California is not immune.

Thu, Jun 13, 2019 8:00 am
AT&T got a tax windfall and gave me a lay-off notice

Darren Kelly: AT&T told 368 technicians throughout California, including me and many of my coworkers in Sacramento, that we need to move to the San Francisco Bay Area or lose our jobs. AT&T knows it wasn’t giving us any real choice at all: the company laid us off, even though it receive a tax windfall when Congress passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Wed, Jun 12, 2019 8:00 am
California could finally regulate high-interest lenders. It’s up to the Senate

By setting a 36% annual rate cap on such loans, Assembly Bill 539 by Assembly Banking and Finance Committee Chairwoman Monique Limon, a Santa Barbara Democrat, would provide Californians with protections against high-cost loans similar to safeguards now enjoyed by an estimated 232 million Americans. AB 539's fate is in the state Senate's hands.

Tue, Jun 11, 2019 8:00 am
In California, people help guarantee fair elections. The process begins today

Elaine M. Howle: California voters took the job of redistricting out of the hands of politicians and gave it to a first-ever citizens commission. The result is a process that ensures fairness and equity in campaigns. And we’re about to take our second walk down that very important road.

Mon, Jun 10, 2019 8:00 am
Should community colleges build housing?

Matthew Polamalu was spending 1.5 hours each day commuting back and forth to community college along Southern California’s congested freeways when he decided he’d had enough. He sat down at his computer and Googled “community colleges with dorms.” “I was just looking for the full college experience,” said the psychology major. He found it in […]

Mon, Jun 10, 2019 4:00 am
Implicit bias legislation

Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove and David A. Lehrer, in a point-counter point: Assembly Bills 241, 242 and 243 would mandate that lawyers and judges physicians, nurses, and physicians’ assistants, and virtually all peace officers in California undergo periodic training regarding “implicit bias.”

Sun, Jun 9, 2019 8:00 am
How to reduce the risk of wildfire and other climate change-related disasters

Karen Baker: California’s emergency planning in the traditional sense is held up as a model. But we face many barriers, given our size and diversity. We must change our approach by investing in people power to complement traditional emergency services which is why a new grassroots strategy has been adopted to connect people to each other and build inclusive resiliency.

Sat, Jun 8, 2019 8:00 am
D-Day

Fri, Jun 7, 2019 10:29 am

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