Smoke from nearby wildfires obscure the late afternoon sun in the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California. Wildfires are becoming more common all over the west coast due to climate change. Photo by Velvetfish.

In summary

Veterans Day, California wildfires, Trump tweets, revelations on background checks in a new UC Davis gun study, most school bonds pass, most California housing measures fail, World War I marks its 100th anniversary and commentary on conservation.

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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.