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:
Lloyd Levine, energy consultant: Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is about to emerge from bankruptcy, but the biggest energy issue facing California isn’t PG&E’s finances, its corporate structure, or its ownership. It’s the power lines.Tue, Feb 18, 2020 12:00 pm
Dan Dunmoyer, California Building Industry Association: California legislators can take four easy steps to help ease the housing crisis, and four more difficult steps. They offer California a clear way forward. Let’s get to work building Housing for All California.Tue, Feb 18, 2020 8:00 am
Legislative nonprofits test campaign finance law. Bloomberg makes a play for California. Why some sex offenders are eligible for early parole.Tue, Feb 18, 2020 3:30 am
Carmen Preciado has always been able to identify the precise spot along […]Tue, Feb 18, 2020 3:29 am
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
Andrea Golloher, San Jose State University: California policymakers must strive to ensure that members of the early childhood workforce earn a worthy wage, have incentives to expand infant and toddler care, and receive the necessary support for quality improvement and training to meet the needs of each and every child, from the start.Mon, Feb 17, 2020 8:00 am
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
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
Does moving California's presidential primary election to March make the state more relevant? Not so far.Sun, Feb 16, 2020 12:01 am
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.