LAUSD teachers march in solidarity in mid-December in downtown Los Angeles as a threatened January 10 strike date looms.
Los Angeles Unified teachers march in solidarity in downtown Los Angeles in December. The teachers union there has set a Jan. 10 strike date.

In summary

LAUSD gives Gavin Newsom his first big test, redevelopment gets resurrected, California reduces homelessness but only slightly, and recession is nigh.

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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.