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Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, a Ponoma Democrat, tracks bills during session at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Aug. 24, 2023.
Proponents and opponents to SB 403 outside the state Capitol in Sacramento before the Assembly Judiciary Hearing on July 5, 2023.
Masked and unmasked commuters are seen at a Metro station in Los Angeles on July 13, 2022. Photo by Jae C. Hong, AP Photo
A gas gathering plant on a hilltop at the Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon storage facility near the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2017. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
Calling for an end to severe understaffing and poverty wages for state workers represented by SEIU Local 1000, marchers rally in State Capitol Park World Peace Rose Garden in Sacramento on June 8, 2023.
Domestic workers rallied in support of SB 686, a state bill which would end exclusion of domestic workers from California’s worker protection laws. Aug. 29, 2023. Photo by Rahul Lal for CalMatters
People show support for three statewide initiatives: schools to notify parents when their child requests to be treated as transgender, preventing biological boys competing against biological girls and prevent sterilization of children, at a press conference at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Aug. 28, 2023. Photo by Rahul Lal for CalMatters
Stacey Berardino, assistant deputy director over the forensics and justice involved division of mental health, speaks to community members about CARE Court, a new program that will be implemented in October of 2023, at the St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Cypress on Aug. 17, 2023. Photo by Lauren Justice for CalMatters
Polling workers empty a curbside ballot box in Santa Monica, June 2, 2022. Photo by Lucy Nichols, REUTERS