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As cities look for ways to tackle homelessness and the state pours half a billion dollars into finding solutions, we look at the science of empathy.

State officials hope to improve dental care for low-income residents by signing up more dentists, paying them better and emphasizing prevention.

The state wants 5 million clean vehicles on the road by 2030. There's a long way to go.

California's political cognoscenti we surveyed unanimously predict Democrats here will gain gain at least one congressional seat—and more than a quarter say they’ll gain five or more.

In the final days of California's 2018 legislative session, hundreds of bills landed on the governor's desk. We're tracking the fate of the most consequential here.

As California lawmakers addressed epic wildfires this week, there was an inescapable subtext: Climate change will be staggeringly expensive, and we'll all pay for it.

The Legislature's struggle this year to pass even one partial solution to untreated mental illness illustrates the complex philosophical, legal and ethical questions that surround conservatorship in California.

Lawmakers hope to manage California's forests better, partly by thinning the trees. Here's why that's not a simple task.

For the more than one-third of Californians living under or near the federal poverty level, eviction may be the first step toward homelessness. These projects aim to short-circuit the cycle.

The California Dream media collaboration is rolling out an exploration of why people fall into homelessness—and the innovative ways governments try to help people keep their own place.

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