Aerial view of Shasta County's Keswick Dam area after the Carr Fire, Aug. 21, 2018. Kathleen Galligan, USA TODAY network. Used by permission.

In summary

The Cadiz water project, Steve Ballmer’s Inglewood arena, ZEVs, clean water and cannabis are on tap for California lawmakers. Also: climate change sticker shock, net neutrality, #metoo, In-N-Out, Labor Day and more.

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Dan Morain joined CalMatters in March 2018. He is the former editorial page editor of The Sacramento Bee. Morain also spent 27 years at The Los Angeles Times, and has covered the Capitol since 1992.