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CALmatters is a Sacramento-based nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California's state Capitol works and why it matters. It works with more than 130 media partners throughout the state that have long, deep relationships with their local audiences, including Embarcadero Media (publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice, Pleasanton Weekly and The Almanac in Menlo Park and their websites.)

Here are the most recent stories reported by CALmatters' team of journalists:


Podcast: Examining Vallejo’s participatory budgeting experiment 10 years later

Cities across California are turning to participatory budgeting as communities increasingly focus on economic justice, inequality and defunding the police. CapRadio’s News and Features Editor Pauline Bartolone joins Nicole and Nigel on this week’s episode to talk about participatory budgeting and how Vallejo became the first city in America to adopt the process in 2012. […]

Fri, Sep 24, 2021 7:10 pm
$15 billion to fight climate change

Good morning, California. It’s Friday, September 24. Sequoias still under siege A dispatch from CalMatters environment reporter Julie Cart: In California, it’s possible to be hundreds of miles away from Hollywood and still find yourself in a place that looks for all the world like a movie set. Where better to illustrate the perils of […]

Fri, Sep 24, 2021 5:40 am
Lightning could spark more California fires as world warms

Fire officials are bracing for the worst as scientists predict that climate change could cause more lightning strikes, which often ignite deadly, unpredictable and remote wildfires in Northern California.

Fri, Sep 24, 2021 5:30 am
Newsom hands labor a win — and a defeat

When it comes to organized labor, Gov. Gavin Newsom giveth and Gov. Gavin Newsom taketh away. The governor on Wednesday signed into law one of the most controversial union-backed bills of the year, which takes aim at warehouse speed quotas that became infamous when reports surfaced of Amazon workers urinating in water bottles due to […]

Thu, Sep 23, 2021 5:40 am

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