The San Joaquin River at Vernalis.

In summary

Californians aren’t sunny, economists offer advice for Gavin Newsom, a water vote pushes a deal, a Newsom adviser raises questions, and a fire bill lands.

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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.