California has set a requirement that all new vehicles sold here be emissions-free by 2035, and the Legislature is updating the state’s purchasing incentive program to get drivers into cleaner cars quickly.
The internet has been a great unifier, enabling people to join others around the globe in pursuit of common interests. And now, the internet’s largest platform operators – Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google – are uniting Democrats and Republicans on the House antitrust subcommittee in pursui…
Adrian Mondragan is a second-generation small-scale organic farmer on the Central Coast, working amid some of the largest growers in the state. He grew up in a low-income Hispanic farming family, and proudly launched his Watsonville-based farm, Urban Organics, in 2009. He grows a variety of …
Securing continuous funding to invest in broadband infrastructure in poorly served communities will create jobs and provide economic opportunities.
While running for governor three years ago, Gavin Newsom foolishly promised that if elected California would solve its housing crisis by building 3.5 million units by 2025.
There is a seamless connection between what Gavin Newsom is saying and doing as governor and his campaign to survive a recall, encapsulated in the slogan “California Comeback.”
Land managers agree. Policymakers agree. The science is unequivocal. If we don’t get more beneficial fire on the ground in California, we’re going to lose it all to wildfire.
Whenever politicians spend large sums of taxpayer money on pet projects, they invariably overstate their supposed economic benefits, particularly creating oodles of “good-paying jobs.”
The massive 2,200-megawatt Diablo Canyon Power Plant is scheduled to shut down beginning in 2024, ending California’s reliance on nuclear energy.
California and national news organizations went a little berserk last week when the state Department of Finance announced that the state’s estimated population declined a bit in 2020.
Californians are looking forward to when immunity from COVID-19 is widespread. It is a goal that is closer thanks to the multiple vaccines and expanded statewide distribution.
Assembly Bill 386 sailed through the Assembly Judiciary Committee last week on a unanimous vote with virtually no discussion about its provisions.
A cosmic convergence of events in Washington and Sacramento last week demonstrated how strongly federal and state tax systems are interconnected.
The world of 2030 will be radically different from the one most of us were born into, and the global pandemic will only speed up this timeline.
Should California continue to reduce punishment for crimes large and small, or has it gone too far and implicitly allowed criminals to prey upon Californians without fear of imprisonment?
To Capitol insiders, the term “tort wars” is shorthand for decades of political wrangling over the rules governing lawsuits for personal injuries – who can sue and collect damages for which actions.
As signatures on petitions to force Gov. Gavin Newsom into a recall election are being tallied, the Legislature is considering bills that would, if enacted, make future recalls of California’s elected officials less likely.
With case numbers declining, vaccination rates rising and businesses reopening, California is slowly returning to a sense of normalcy and turning the page on a dark chapter of history.
Unless you work in the construction trades or civil engineering or perhaps in local government, you probably don’t give much thought to how clean water got to your kitchen faucet, what happens after you flush or the design of that nearby highway overpass under construction. Public infrastruc…
California’s big reservoirs are about half empty. We’re heading into another drought. But Sacramento’s vault is overflowing while Washington is pumping in more dollars.
One of California’s perpetual political conflicts may be heating up again, which requires some background to understand because it is so convoluted.
Proposition 19, The Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act, was passed by voters last November, enacting significant changes to California’s property tax law. One provision of the measure – that concerning “parent-child” and…
Two years ago, CalMatters housing writer Matt Levin described a factory in Vallejo that was building housing modules that could quickly – and relatively inexpensively – be assembled into multi-story apartment houses.
While the relationships among the various levels of American government are often cooperative, always lurking in the background is what one might characterize as a political food chain.
The massive cinnamon trunks of the Sierra Nevada’s giant sequoia now tower silently over blanketing snow. But many of those trunks are newly blackened, a stark reminder of the devastating fires of last fall, and a heartbreaking foreshadowing of the tree mortality that the spring thaw will re…
There has been a real sense of hope in the daily phone calls we have received at McGeorge School of Law’s immigration clinic since President Joe Biden’s election.
While boasting about how California – and he – have handled the COVID-19 pandemic in his State of the State address this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom virtually ignored its severe economic impacts, offering only this tepid statement:
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s belated State of the State address last week was fundamentally a self-administered pat on the back for handling the COVID-19 pandemic, refuting the “nay-sayers and dooms-dayers” who want him recalled.
Governor Newsom looks certain to face a recall election. Voters – even his supporters – should be thankful that California has citizen empowerment tools to check corrupt, incompetent, unresponsive or simply unpopular government officials. If you favor accountability, look kindly upon the rec…
Are you concerned about election security, voter suppression, foreign involvement and dark money in elections, corruption in government, and reining in powerful special interest groups?
The second dose was supposed to be my reunion pass. Thanks to COVID-19, I couldn’t get back to Connecticut for my mother’s 100th birthday at Christmastime, but once we were both fully vaccinated, I’d feel safe to fly across the country. We’d hug for the first time since 2019.
COVID-19 has hit our already burdened health care workforce like a sledgehammer. More than a year into the pandemic, an immediate, full-scale effort to support health care workers and help them stay in the workforce is necessary if the U.S. health care system is to survive.
Should oil refineries in California be allowed to emit extra greenhouse gases if they “offset” their effects by paying hog farmers in Iowa to reduce methane from animal waste? Or by paying landowners to promise to take better care of their trees? In other words, should offset trading based o…
State Auditor Elaine Howle has been on a roll lately, repeatedly revealing how state agencies and their programs are falling short – often way short – of performing their declared missions.
When Uncle Will drove up to get me, I noticed the many wild animals he had which he trained for his so-called medicine show. Also with him was a girl from Germany, who was the child of his dear widow friend, and she was an acrobat, having learned those skills in German schools.
When he was running for governor three years ago, Gavin Newsom promised, rather absurdly, that he would spearhead a drive to build 3.5 million new housing units by 2025.
The Biden administration’s current decisions will have dire consequences for Americans who have borne the brunt of deaths, illness and economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
The California constitution commands that by Aug. 15, the state’s independent redistricting commission “shall approve four final maps that separately set forth the district boundary lines for the congressional, senatorial, assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts.”
Teachers unions are under attack, as our well-founded concern for our students, their families, and yes, ourselves, is being portrayed as a political powerplay, or worse. Yet there are many problems with reopening which government officials, media commentators and the public don’t understand.
As the events of the past few months have unfolded, I have often found myself wondering what our Founders would have made of it all. Impossible to know, of course, but they had plenty of insight to offer.
The starkest aspect to California’s evolution from a relatively conservative state into a blue bastion has been an evolving attitude toward crime and punishment.
State officials are fond of giving their high-concept – and expensive – new programs snappy, one-word acronyms derived from much-longer and often awkward official titles.
For months, Gov. Gavin Newsom communicated about the COVID-19 pandemic via frequent webcasts in which he cited the latest statistics and beseeched Californians to wear masks, wash their hands and avoid crowds.
Ms. Mendoza, there is so much pain, suffering, and lonely anguish in your recent letter to the editor surrounding the tragic loss of your son Matthew to gang violence (by Carina Michelle Mendoza, Feb. 4, Re: Son’s Murder). It should not, and must not, go unnoticed.