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To bring COVID under control and address other ongoing public health emergencies, we need a well-trained army of public health workers.
The clean air ballot initiative is a true California call to action: ambitious and forward-looking, focused on the well-being of all of our communities.
I have endorsed the California Plastic Pollution Reduction & Recycling Act, which will be on the ballot in November.
A statewide media collaboration to raise awareness about poverty and income inequality through in-depth journalism and community outreach.
Current proposals to broaden access to legal services are predicated on sound regulatory frameworks that keep the public protected.
Progress in dealing with California’s affordable housing crisis has been abysmal, and this is unacceptable. Here are a few actions to take now:
Ethnic studies can teach our children about their commonalities and their unique identities. Civics can teach them how to work toward compromise. California’s plan, however, is for these lessons to be taught separately. That makes no sense.
In leading a classroom discussion about the evolution of language, the Sacramento-area teacher introduced the offensive word. Now some parents and the school district want to take away her teaching credential.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit program offers a subsidy each month toward broadband service for eligible households.
The governor should be speeding up the transition to zero-emission technologies, not padding the coffers of profit-rich oil companies.
A CalMatters series investigates what’s improved and what’s worsened since the last drought — and vividly portrays the impacts on California’s places and people.
2021 in review
History will remember 2021 as the year when a windfall of governmentspending sought to address years of inequality, poverty and a growingpopulation left behind. Trillions of dollars were spent by the federal government, but California’s state government, facing the nation’s highest poverty rate, also saw an unprecedented budget surplus that the state’s supermajority Democrats used…
Corporations can no longer pay lip service to the rights of LGBTQ+ people while actively undermining them through their political donations.
California must show the nation a way that offers complete democratic participation, inclusion and a narrative of “Belonging.” Here’s how:
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