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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:


Power shutdowns have dire consequences on California businesses. Lawmakers should help out, not make it worse

Lance Hastings and Jot Condie, California Manufacturers & Technology Association and California Restaurant Association: California businesses cannot withstand a repeat of the 2019 power shutoffs. Policymakers must allow businesses and residents to have choices for reliable energy today, while legislators work to pass a long-term solution that strengthens our grid to be reliable, safe and affordable for all.

Tue, Feb 18, 2020 12:00 pm
The new thing for California politicians? Sweet charity

Steak dinners with lobbyists, overseas trips, favors for spouses — nonprofits set up by California legislators and their staffers are testing campaign finance laws even as they underwrite good works by elected officials. Here as elsewhere, they're on the rise.

Tue, Feb 18, 2020 3:25 am
Newsom’s spending more, saving less

In his second budget, Gov. Gavin Newsom is spending more and saving less - an approach that the Legislature's budget expert says could leave the state less able to stave off a recession's impacts.

Mon, Feb 17, 2020 12:01 am
California must face reality: Autism cases are increasing

Jill Escher, mother of a young man and teenage girl with nonverbal forms of autism: Though we hear little about autism data from our public health leaders or media, California’s autism rates continue to surge, with no plateau in sight. Schools can’t keep up with demand. Emergency rooms and police departments are reeling from increasingly frequent crisis cases. Families are desperate for support and solutions. California policymakers must focus on the issue.

Sun, Feb 16, 2020 8:00 am

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Short story writers wanted!

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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