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In recent decades, California's initiative process has come to be dominated by the very forces it was invented to avoid: special interests with lots of money.

How California came to have one of the most powerful, and least flexible initiative processes in the world.

Discounted transit fares and subsidies for new shared mobility tech, like scooters and ride-share, could help low-income people stay on their feet.

Many of us are paying a higher price for an ever-shrinking sliver of California paradise—and losing some of the quintessential perks of life in the Golden State.

California went big on freeways during the postwar years, but the days of easy driving and the lifestyle it enabled didn't last long.

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