The number of Californians filing for unemployment benefits eclipsed the state’s highest number on record, dating back to the aftermath of the Great Recession.
Experts fear that the worst is yet to come, especially for sectors of the economy still reeling from the state-ordered closure of non-essential businesses to reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic
The California Employment Development Department announced Thursday that unemployment claims reached 186,809 for the week ending March 21. The week before, it was more than 58,000 claims. For context, in all of March 2019, there were 40,000 new unemployment claims in the state. The prior weekly record of 115,462 was set in January 2010 at the height of the Great Recession.
“It is all hands on deck to deal with this historic claim load,” EDD deputy director Loree Levy told CalMatters in a live broadcast on Thursday.Read More
The director of California’s Department of Aging said Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic is not only helping inform the state’s evolving Master Plan on Aging but also putting the state’s response to its senior population to its “ultimate stress test.”
Kim McCoy Wade made the remarks in a wide-ranging web conversation with CalMatters health care reporter Ana Ibarra and economy reporter Judy Lin on what senior citizens can do to protect themselves during the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 5 million Californians are over 65 — a population growing so quickly that Gov. Gavin Newsom has created a task force on aging. It is also a population that has proven to be statistically more vulnerable to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus. Because of that, Newsom on Sunday ordered people over 65, among others, to remain sequestered indoors.
The governor’s directive to remain at home has left many anxious. In the CalMatters webcast, McCoy Wade tackled a list of questions from “Can I ride my bicycle as long as I’m alone?” to queries about grocery delivery for seniors who do not have someone who can pick up food for them.Read More
Embarcadero Media papers — Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and The Almanac — and CalMatters are co-sponsoring a debate on Wednesday, February 5, at the Palo Alto Art Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
The debate will be moderated by Palo Alto Weekly editor Jocelyn Dong and have Embarcadero Media reporter Kate Bradshaw and CalMatters political writer Ben Christopher as panelists asking questions.”
March 3 is the new early date of the California primary this year, and the most interesting local race will be for the State Senate seat being vacated by the termed-out Sen. Jerry Hill. The 13th Senate District, which runs from South San Francisco to Sunnyvale, has attracted a strong field of five Democrats, one Republican and one Libertarian, who will all appear on the same ballot in accordance with California’s open primary system.
Wildfires, blackouts, angry residents and a furious governor. Californians are grappling with a new and very dangerous “normal” — where there are more wildfires than before and more uncertainty about how the government, utilities and residents deal with them. For many, life can’t continue as it used to. Some are buying generators — and some are stocking up on emergency supplies, some are leaving the state.
But many Californians are also facing an uncomfortable reckoning: No one is going to save us, and whatever we come up with to respond to the unending cycle of fires is going to be very, very expensive and we may not like it.
If you’re trying to make sense of it all, come listen to this panel, which will discuss the strategies for adapting to this new reality and to hear what the state is doing to address this intractable problem. If you’re wondering if you should harden your home against fire or who’s paying for what; if you have questions about zoning to minimize building in high-fire areas, if you just want to understand what we’re dealing with and how, you can’t miss this 90-minute smart discussion.
This is part of the CalMatters PolicyMatters event series.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019Read More
The lack of affordable housing is a drag on the economy and the reason California has America’s worst poverty rate. It’s driving some workers out of state and some into homelessness. For young professionals, it’s just depressing. In this live version of our Gimme Shelter podcast co-hosts Matt Levin of CalMatters and Liam Dillon of the Los Angeles Times get answers from leaders in government, industry and philanthropy. This is part of the CalMatters PolicyMatters event series. Register for the event here.
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019
11:30 a.m. – Box Lunch Available
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Live Broadcast
Tony Thurmond, California Superintendent of Public Instruction
In Conversation with Ricardo Cano, K–12 Education Reporter, CALMatters
Education Week magazine reported in 2017 that among all states, California’s K–12 public education ranked 41st in conditions that help children succeed, 39th in school finance and 30th in achievement. So what can we expect in 2019?
In a major upset against his opponent Marshall Tuck, Tony Thurmond was elected California State Superintendent of Public Instruction this past November. He was the endorsed candidate of the California Democratic Party and all five 2018 California Teachers of the Year. He previously represented the 15th Assembly District, which encompasses the northern East Bay. Thurmond became the second African-American to hold the office and fourth African-American to win statewide office in California following Wilson Riles. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2014, he was a member of the Richmond City Council, a board member of the West Contra Costa Unified School District and social services administrator. Come hear his plans for improving California’s schools.
Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. programRead More
Date & Time
May 20, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
The California Endowment
1414 K St, Suite 100
Governor Gavin Newsom has cast himself as a champion for mental health. The state’s current mental healthcare system has fallen short, he says, not for lack of funding, but for lack of leadership, strategic vision and political will. Many advocates and leaders are now expressing hope that significant improvements might be made to fix the state’s “broken” mental health system. What do those changes look like? And what specific steps can we take to get there? Join us for a discussion with some of the state’s leading voices on this important issue.
As national attention toward police misconduct grows, California lawmakers are seeking greater accountability for officers, in part by dramatically changing the laws governing public access to police files. Last year’s SB 1421 requires police departments to release once-secret records related to police misconduct and shootings, sparking legal battles across the state. In July, police departments will be required to release body camera footage of “critical incidents” involving the use of force. And a pending bill would impose stricter rules on when police can use deadly force.
Join us and First Amendment Coalition for a discussion that will explore the policies, the legal battles and the perspectives raised by these recent changes.
Thomas Peele, Investigative Reporter, Bay Area News Group and Co-Founder, California Reporting Project
David Snyder, Executive Director, First Amendment Coalition
David P. Mastagni, Partner, Mastagni HolstedtRead More
Join us on Friday, November 16 for a wide-ranging conversation with the mayors of four of California’s largest cities about our crisis in homelessness and housing. Hear what they’re doing at a local level and what else they think California can do to help those struggling to get by.
11:30am: Check in
12:00pm-1:30pm: Panel discussion
1:30pm: Take away lunch available
Mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer
Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti
Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf
Mayor of Sacramento, Darrell Steinberg
Moderated by CALmatters Political Reporter Laurel RosenhallRead More
Event is SOLD-OUT.
This CALmatters PolicyMatters panel discussion will explore the state’s ambitious and experimental policies to reduce greenhouse gases. What’s worked? What hasn’t? And will the policies continue under a new governor and legislature? Our panel will feature representatives from industry, environmental advocacy and government, including the author of California’s landmark climate bill, former state Sen. Fran Pavley. The panel will be moderated by Julie Cart, CALmatters’ Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental writer.
Boxed lunch will be provided.
Hon. Fran Pavley, USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy and Former State Senator
John White, Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies
Michael Shaw, VP, Government Relations, California Manufacturers & Technology Association
Julie Cart, Environment Reporter, CALmatters