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Highlighting all of CALmatters' work over the past week

Weekly roundup of California elections news by CALmatters

Highlighting all of CALmatters' work over the past week

Weekly roundup of California elections news by CALmatters

Highlighting all of CALmatters' work over the past week

Weekly roundup of California elections news by CALmatters

Highlighting all of CALmatters' work over the past week

A rebuke, a snub, a progressive smackdown—these are the terms headlining coverage of the California Democratic Party executive council's vote this weekend to back liberal state legislator Kevin de León in…

Highlighting all of CALmatters' work over the past week

Highlighting all of CALmatters' work over the past week

Highlighting all of CALmatters' work over the past week

CALmatters at the Commonwealth Club for Elections Matter – What’s at stake for California in November? For more information, click...

Highlighting all of CALmatters' work over the past week

CALmatters is pleased to announce that Janet Clayton, senior vice president of corporate communications for Southern California Edison and its parent company Edison International, has joined the...

1. Trump mattered For months, the two top Republicans in the race, John Cox, a businessman from Rancho Santa Fe, and Huntington Beach Assemblyman Travis Allen, were within sniping distance of one...

It’s Election Day, and social media will be flooded with all sorts of commentary as the results come in for local and statewide races. We want to make your experience less of a firehose, so...

Highlighting all of CALmatters' work over the past week

Highlighting all of CALmatters' work over the past week

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Watch keynote speakers deliver addresses to delegates and party members at the California Democratic Convention in San Diego. For live updates from the ground of the convention floor, follow...

In some of the state's most high profile races, the battle for the Democratic endorsement is expected to get rowdy. Why all the fuss?

Think you know Democratic politics in California? Take our quiz and see how much of a whiz you are.

On issues relating to housing, climate change, health care, immigration and taxes, the three GOP contenders for governor disagreed on little—except who on the stage represented the true conservative choice…

The four Democrats running to be governor of California met in San Francisco to spell out exactly where they stand on abortion, birth control access, and other matters of reproductive…

California is supposed to be the vanguard of social change, but by one metric the state seems downright retrograde: It has rejected ever female candidate who's ever run for governor.

What’s on your ballot this year? Here are some major themes and a few examples of the propositions Californians may be asked to vote on in 2018.

The 2018 elections are coming—and those of you who don’t spend your waking hours monitoring the secretary of state’s website may have some questions. Here’s a quick primer for anyone…

One wants to end the death penalty. The other thinks capital punishment is just. One campaigned for tax increases that the other opposed. One tried to put Hillary Clinton in…

CALmatters data reporter Matt Levin tunes in for a discussion on The California Dream project, a statewide nonprofit media collaboration focused on issues of economic opportunity, quality-of-life, and the future of…

Veteran Editorial Editor and Writer, Political Affairs Columnist  Joins Nonprofit Nonpartisan Public Interest Journalism Venture Dan Morain, editorial page editor and political affairs columnist at...

Gov. Jerry Brown addressed the California Legislature for his 16th and final State of the...

CALmatters is pleased to announce three new additions to our Sacramento-based team, starting in January. Since our launch in 2015, the new positions will grow CALmatters’ total staff to 18 full time...

Between Sacramento and Washington D.C. sits the rest of the country, and a chasm. On immigration and taxes, guns and healthcare, cannabis and climate change, California is the federal government’s…

Throughout California, 2017 was a year of historic rises: rising seas, rising housing costs, rising political resistance, rising concerns about whether key state programs over-promise and under-deliver. We traced the…

Inside CALmatters

Keep up with the people who make up CALmatters.

As parents and students start writing checks for the first in-state tuition hike in seven years at the University of California, they hope the extra money will buy a better…

Our Julie Cart fields queries today on Twitter at noon PST. Tweet her at #CMenviro.

In the final days of the session, hundreds of bills landed on Brown’s desk. Here are some of the most consequential.

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Letters to the editor

CALmatters encourages feedback from our community on our work. We accept Letters to the Editor. Please send letters to CEO, co-founder and Editor in Chief Dave Lesher. Send a letter to the editor...

Rising Seas: The Series Part 1:  California submerging Part 2:  Shoring up the state Shifting sands Interactive threat map via Climate Central To explore more on your own: The 2017...

President Trump traveled to Detroit today to announce that his administration was shelving the Obama administration's aggressive fuel-economy standards for cars—standards that California has been relying on to spur the…

A federal judge in Hawaii just blocked what President Trump called a "watered-down version" of his travel ban, prompting the President to assail the ruling as unprecedented judicial overreach that…

As news hit this week that the Congressional Budget Office estimated the GOP's Trumpcare proposal would leave millions without health care, California Democrats denounced it in what is becoming a…

A Tale Of Two Sectors

The general assumption for retirement security is a job in the public sector. The trade-off means lower pay, however. Meanwhile, the private sector has strayed from pension promises, but is…

Planned Parenthood is prepping for a battle. The organization, which has 115 centers in the Golden State and serves 850,000 people annually, receives Medi-Cal and Title X family planning funding…

How are cities across California responding to the ballooning cost of pensions in the state? CALmatters Reporter Judy Lin explores a case study in Richmond where priority police and library…

For basic background, start with The Weigh-in: The Economy.

Many cities across California face rising costs for public employee retirement benefits. And for some, that’s laying bare a stark reality — it’s getting tougher to provide basic services and…

The mayor of El Monte, a cash-strapped San Gabriel Valley city with many retired employees drawing two pensions, says there’s "no rational justification" for the double pensions.

One in four El Monte residents lives in poverty. Yet taxpayers pay a steep price to fund bonus pensions and other perks for city workers.

How did California define itself in 2016? As the state girding itself to mastermind the progressive resistance against a looming Trump administration? The state struggling to take the global lead in...

Cities and states across the country are facing public employee pension debt that is challenging and, in some cases, crippling their budgets. But some municipalities are experimenting with ways to…

Pension costs for state and local government will begin to rise in 2017 after CalPERS officials voted to throttle back the expectations on profits earned from its $299 billion portfolio.

California faces a $240 billion unfunded pension liability. But retired state workers who receive pensions say they are tired of drawing public blame.

Retirement benefits now eat up 20% of city’s general fund revenue. Touted cost controls won't have real impact for decades.

As a state bluer than Lake Tahoe in sunlight, California has adopted a slew of progressive policies that drive Donald Trump nuts. They combat climate change, protect undocumented immigrants,...

Gov. Jerry Brown was confident his-12 point plan could reform California’s pension crisis. Five years later, the state’s unfunded liabilities continue to pile up with little change. CALmatter’s Judy Lin…

A case before the state Supreme Court could clear the way for reductions in public retiree benefits, which have become hugely expensive. But the outcome is “hard to predict.”

Capital Public Radio continues its series with the LA Times and CALmatters on our state’s pension crisis but this time, comparing it to the dire state of affairs in Illinois.

As California’s public-employee pension crisis grows—with taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars, and no clear plan for how to pay—other states are facing similar problems, and…

Gov. Pete Wilson tried to wrest key powers from the CalPERS board. A labor-led counterattack left the board more independent than ever.

What is CalPERS? | Where does the money come from? | How much do employees contribute toward their pensions?

1oo percent of precincts reporting partial returns—will be updated when all results are certified. Background: School districts pay for building new schools and updating older ones with a mix of...

1oo percent of precincts reporting partial returns—will be updated when all results are certified. Background: Rising healthcare costs remain at the top of the national agenda—not just for patients...

  1oo percent of precincts reporting partial returns—will be updated when all results are certified. Background: Gov. Jerry Brown has championed two major infrastructure projects: a high-speed rail...

1oo percent of precincts reporting partial returns—will be updated when all results are certified. Background: Most bills winding through the Legislature follow a months-long process with multiple...

1oo percent of precincts reporting partial returns—will be updated when all results are certified. Background: Californians voted to increase taxes on the state’s wealthiest earners in 2012, seeking...

1oo percent of precincts reporting partial returns—will be updated when all results are certified. Background: Tobacco is often the target of politicians seeking money for state programs, with mixed...

1oo percent of precincts reporting partial returns—will be updated when all results are certified. Background: Four decades ago, Gov. Jerry Brown embraced tough-on-crime laws that filled the state’s...

1oo percent of precincts reporting partial returns—will be updated when all results are certified. Background: Swept up by anti-immigrant politics nearly 20 years ago, California voters approved an...

1oo percent of precincts reporting partial returns—will be updated when all results are certified. Background: The U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United has become a political...

1oo percent of precincts reporting partial returns—will be updated when all results are certified. Background: This is the rare ballot measure that requires you to think about sex. Because here in...

  Background: Many Americans are angry about rising pharmaceutical prices and politicians have taken notice. Presidential candidates this year debated how to contain costs, and California lawmakers...

 Prop. 62  Prop. 66 1oo percent of precincts reporting partial returns—will be updated when all results are certified. Background: Whether for or against the death penalty, both sides agree the...

  1oo percent of precincts reporting partial returns—will be updated when all results are certified. Background: Even though California has some of the toughest gun restrictions in the country,...

1oo percent of precincts reporting partial returns—will be updated when all results are certified. Background: The push for marijuana legalization is on the ballot in at least nine states this...

 Prop. 65  Prop. 67 1oo percent of precincts reporting partial returns—will be updated when all results are certified. Background: How you carry your groceries home from the store may seem like a...

When California lawmakers cut a deal to increase public employee pensions, the state had a very different economic climate. We’ll talk with LA Times reporter Jack Dolan about the pension…

To figure out how California got in this situation, it’s helpful to rewind the clock to the late 1990s, back to the days of the dot-com bubble. That’s when the…

This event is Sold Out We invite you to watch the panel discussion live here: WHEN: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT) WHERE: Long Beach State University – 1250...

What is cap and trade? California’s cap and trade program is a tool for putting a price on pollution, specifically carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, that businesses discharge into the...

Sen. Holly Mitchell reacts to CALmatters...

Thu, March 3, 2016 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST SOLD OUT LOCATION: The Mark 1623 19th Street Bakersfield, CA 93301 California, home to America’s car culture as well as its most ambitious climate...

What is California’s Climate Change Plan? For decades, California has been a leader on environmental and climate change policies, including the Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate in 1990 and a “Clean...

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