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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:


A slow-motion disaster

Rising costs for public employee pensions threaten city services and will require higher taxes.

Mon, Aug 19, 2019 12:01 am
An election reform: Let voters make clear which candidates they truly dislike

William L. Rukeyser, political commentator: Recognizing the powerful effects of negative feelings, and recognizing that some elections are between two widely unpopular candidates, what can we do to harness those emotions and translate them into more public participation? The answer may be simpler than you think.

Sun, Aug 18, 2019 8:00 am
Is recession on our horizon?

The factors affecting California's economic future are very volatile, making it difficult to forecast the next recession.

Sun, Aug 18, 2019 12:01 am
Paging more doctors: California’s worsening physician shortage

California is facing a growing shortage of primary care physicians, one that is already afflicting rural areas and low-income inner city areas, and is forecasted to impact millions of people within ten years. Not enough newly minted doctors are going into primary care, and a third of the doctors in the state are over 55 and looking to retire soon.

Fri, Aug 16, 2019 2:21 pm
To prevent mass shootings, California should rely on science, not rhetoric

Vern Pierson, El Dorado County District Attorney: The media and many politicians appear to see each mass shooter as unique. They are not. Instead, these actors and their narrative should be viewed as pieces of a larger puzzle. Rather than staring at the individual piece trying to understand it, we need to examine its broader context for commonality with other attackers.

Thu, Aug 15, 2019 8:35 am
Property tax measure altered

Sponsors of a "split roll" ballot measure to increase property taxes on commercial real estate are withdrawing it from the 2020 ballot and will seek to place a revised version before voters next year.

Thu, Aug 15, 2019 12:01 am

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