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With Bakersfield Republican Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker, voters in Kern County and across California can expect more theatrics and little relief for our most pressing issues.
California hospitals face a 2030 deadline to complete retrofit upgrades required under state law. Facilities in rural areas say the nearly 30-year-old legislation was enacted with a top-down approach, and failed to recognize the distinct challenges they face.
Current proposals to broaden access to legal services are predicated on sound regulatory frameworks that keep the public protected.
A California law helping workers file labor code violations claims, known as the Private Attorneys General Act, often hurts workers and employers alike. A proposed reform will appear on the 2024 November ballot.
Despite expecting 12.5 million electric cars by 2035, California officials insist that the grid can provide enough electricity. But that’s based on multiple assumptions — including building solar and wind at almost five times the pace of the past decade — that may not be realistic.
Any effort to regulate scrap metal facilities as hazardous waste treatment facilities threatens an important sector of California’s circular economy and hinder key environmental goals.
California must show the nation a way that offers complete democratic participation, inclusion and a narrative of “Belonging.” Here’s how:
In the aftermath of prolonged school closures and learning losses during the pandemic, a coalition has vowed to put forward a ballot proposition that would enshrine high-quality public education as a civil right in California.
California students continue to struggle with essential reading skills. Adopting proven “structured literacy” strategies can make a difference.
University of California graduate students and workers who are on strike often face financial burdens that diminish the state’s higher education system. They deserve a living wage.
With one-quarter of Californians living in areas considered high-risk for wildfire, state leaders need to emphasize policies that generate more middle-income housing inside cities and create pathways to homeownership.
A statewide media collaboration to raise awareness about poverty and income inequality through in-depth journalism and community outreach.
Explore CalMatters’ explainer “card decks” to discover the data-driven context you need to make sense of big issues confronting California.
The Democratic Party could regret its failure to better coordinate campaigns in California and spend more money on congressional races that helped determine control of the House of Representatives.
The narrative that young voters surpassed seniors in election turnout is simply not true. But they are influencing elections in a major way, and helping Democrats win elections across California.
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