Highlighting all of CALmatters’ work over the past week
By Julie Cart
Malibu’s sprouting hills show how fresh growth can renew wildfire danger.
Concern for ‘defrauded and victimized’ students spurs calls for tighter for-profit college oversight
By Felicia Mello
New legislation would make major changes to the standards for-profit colleges must meet to operate in California, and the state bureau regulating the industry has been reorganized. The proposed fixes come after a CALmatters report exposed failings in the state’s regulation of the schools.
By Elizabeth Aguilera
A little-noticed federal proposal aims to force California’s health exchange insurers to send all their customers a second premium bill every month, for $1 —the amount the state requires to cover unrestricted abortion benefits.
By Laurel Rosenhall
California’s landmark law won’t take effect until 2020. In the meantime, lawmakers are fine-tuning it. Here’s what to watch.
By Ben Christopher
At the California Republican convention this weekend, GOP delegates nominated Jessica Patterson, a millennial Latina with a lengthy resume as a behind-the-scenes party operator, as their new chair.
By Amita Sharma, California Dream Project
At a time in life when Californians in their 60s and 70s anticipate retirement, and maybe some downtime, some are becoming caregivers and guardians of their parents—a trend expected to intensify.
By Patrick Welch
California’s publicly owned, not-for-profit electric utilities are providing safe, continuous and sustainable power to about one in every four Californians, with rates about 17 percent lower on average than those of investor-owned utilities.
By Erica Valente
All children have a right to a good education, no matter what neighborhood they live in or how much money their parents make. We must move beyond the debate about charter schools and focus on what all parents want: more great schools to help our children thrive and lead choice-filled lives.
By Anne Stuhldreher
Libraries are concluding fines for overdue material do more harm than good. Overdue fines accumulate and block access for low-income residents, the people who need libraries the most. And fines don’t work that well to prod people to return books. Better ways exist that don’t block access for people who need it.
By Dan Walters
The state Supreme Court drew a line between employees and contractors, and now the issue is a hot one for the Legislature.
By John Temple
Investigative Reporting Program and Investigative Studios filed records requests asking the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to identify officers who committed felonies and other crimes. The department respond by sending us spreadsheets with 12,000 names. Three weeks later, Xavier Becerra’s office sent letter demanding their return.
By Dan Walters
Californians dodge a bullet by electing a moderate new party chairperson, but Jessica Patterson faces a daunting task to resuscitate her party.
By Dwayne Cardoza
California agriculture is presented with an opportunity it has only begun to tap. Despite rapid growth in organic food production, only 4 percent of all agricultural land in the state is being farmed organically. We need policies that use organic agriculture as a practical, evidence-based approach to solving the complex challenges facing California.
By Dan Schnur
Feinstein’s senior senator moment brought back speculation that she may decide to step down before her current term ends in 2024, when she will be 91 years old. That would allow Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint her successor. So who would he pick?
By Jim Gonzalez
Technology exists today to employ faster-speed rail service as soon as the tracks, right of way, and system controls are in place. This would be the most cost-effective approach toward making the Central Valley portion of the high speed rail project fully operational.
By Dan Walters
Are “gerrymandering” and “ballot harvesting” unethical political practices? It often depends on who’s doing them.
By Adnan Khan
Rehabilitation can work. When I arrived at San Quentin State Prison in 2014, I experienced a culture shock. Incarcerated men were passing by, in full conversation, about their college essays, victim impact statements, remorse letters, and their childhood traumas.
By Dan Walters
The San Joaquin Valley sees itself as a poor civic stepchild in California, and Gov. Gavin Newsom says he wants to be the region’s champion.