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Elizabeth Castillo

Web Producer/General Assignment Reporter
Elizabeth comes to us via the Dow Jones News Fund. She recently graduated from Chico State with a BA in journalism and has been doing an internship in Washington DC for the past four months at Politico. While in college at Chico, Elizabeth did internships with the local NPR affiliate and the local alt weekly. She's been the editor-in-chief of her school paper both at Chico and, previously, at community college in Bakersfield, where she grew up.

A CALmatters analysis reveals that at least 30 lawmakers—more than a quarter of the California Legislature— own at least one property that generates rental income.

As with plastic bags and plastic straws, California lawmakers are considering another first-in-the-nation crackdown on another ubiquitous, litter-creating product of modern existence—lookin' at you, paper receipts.

Most shelters for people experiencing homelessness still don’t accept pets. But a bill under consideration in the California Legislature aims to make the practice more common—creating $5 million in grants…

A quarter-century after California elected Sheila Kuehl as its first openly gay or lesbian legislator, its LGBT caucus has a series of successes and a to-do list for the future.…

The 2018 election was hailed as the "Year of the Woman," but California still lags behind its Western neighbors and many other states when it comes to female representation. Among…

California prides itself on diversity. But how representative are members of the state’s Legislature when it comes to key demographics?

There are (still) more white men named James or Jim in the California Legislature than African-American and Asian-American women combined. Throw in some white Robs, Bobs and Roberts, and you…

A new Legislature was sworn in at the Capitol on Monday, with a Democratic mega-majority in both chambers. But within that huge margin is historic diversity.

Fires raging across California are decimating historical and recognizable landmarks throughout the state.

Californians who used mail ballots might want to double-check online to make sure they counted—either a missing or a mismatched signature could void their vote.

California's housing crisis dominated ballots up and down the state. Here's a roundup of some of the most important local housing initiatives on the ballot, from an Airbnb ban in…

With Election Day creeping closer, state political insiders have cast their predictions: It's going to be robust night for Democrats, with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom winning the governor’s race by…

A lot of Californians pay little attention to their state’s politics and policy debates, and making it easier to vote is unlikely to change that, say state political insiders. In the latest...

Today is the last day to register to vote in California if you want to have your say in the 2018 midterms—and you can register right here. On Nov. 6, state voters will select a new governor, decide...

The latest conventional wisdom among among state political insiders: There's a good chance a Californian will be on the presidential ticket in 2020, and that Californian is likely to be…

Today is National Voter Registration Day—a reminder to eligible Californians not yet registered that they have until Oct. 22 to do so in order to vote in the Nov. 6…

The state gives migrant farmworker families a new exemption from the 50-mile rule, which had required them to move during the school year to keep their housing.

In their contest to become the next state schools chief, candidates Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck clash over whether to pay teachers more in low-income districts.

California's Legislature is downsizing a plan to require ethnic studies for high school graduation—and not for the reason you might think.

A panel of federal judges in California says Congress—not President Trump—controls the federal purse.

Although California can’t do much to block the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policies, opponents in the “Resistance State” keep finding ways to chip away at their foundations. The latest: pushing…

Advancing legislation would make California the first in the nation to require that abortion pills be available at student health centers on all California State University and University of California…

A bill advancing in California's Legislature would allow students to transfer to a school outside their own district, but only if they are foster children, migrants, previously or currently homeless,…

A bill advancing in the Capitol would require restaurants to offer only water or milk with meals marketed for children.

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