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A house burns on Platina Road at the Zogg Fire near Ono in 2020. Photo by Ethan Swope, AP Photo
A man walks his dog through a homeless encampment near Highway 180 in west Fresno on Feb. 11, 2022.
A voter drops off a ballot inside an official ballot drop box located in Tower District in central Fresno on June 7, 2022.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a number of climate-related bills surrounded by state legislators at a press conference at the USDA Forest Service Regional Office on Mare Island in Vallejo on Sept. 16, 2022. Photo by Martin do Nascimento, CalMatters
Assemblymembers convene during the final day of the legislative session at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Sept. 14, 2023. Photo by Rahul Lal for CalMatters
Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, a Lakewood Democrat, (left) works with Assemblymember James C. Ramos, a San Bernardino Democrat, during session at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Aug. 24, 2023.
Capitol staffers at work on the Assembly floor on April 24, 2023. Photo by Miguel Gutierrez Jr., CalMatters
Fast food workers rally at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Aug. 31, 2023. Photo by Rahul Lal for CalMatters
Senators convene during session at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Jan. 23, 2023.