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The same forces pushing Black voter suppression efforts in Georgia, Texas and other states are bankrolling the recall in California.
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.
Water agencies need to invest in infrastructure and plan for drought to diversify their water supply portfolio and increase reliability.
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A comprehensive proposal to reform the Cal Grant program addresses the racial disparities in the current financial aid system.
Children across California need the governor and California lawmakers to make smart, equitable investments in free school meals.
It is vital that we bring in more STEM educators of color like me to be a role model and a guide for our students.
Canceling administrative fees and penalties at state’s colleges and universities would remove stumbling blocks for vulnerable students.
If living in a home with a garden is your thing, you probably shouldn’t expect Californian tolerance from a certain group of people.
California businesses are responding to a labor shortage with social media pleas, hiring incentives, bonuses and new benefits. So far, workers, particularly in the service industry, are seeing wages rise.
Supporting laws for premium pay pushed by special interests will force store closures, job losses and a higher cost of living for everyone.
Five Bay Area counties have come together to launch a new public awareness campaign: #DeliverBirthJustice.
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Good morning, California. It’s Friday, September 17. Newsom takes new tack Actions speak louder than words. It’s a message that Gov. Gavin Newsom appears to be trying to send to voters after defeating an attempt to oust him from office — and with yet another […]