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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:


California must get serious about housing supply in 2020

Jeanne Radsick, California Association of Realtors: California’s housing supply and affordability crisis is not a partisan issue. It does not discriminate geographically, ethnically or otherwise. The reality is that inaction hurts everyone. Conversely, if we each do our part to increase the supply of well-planned housing, then our entire state will be better for it.

Wed, Jan 22, 2020 3:29 am
State budget depends on the rich

The state's newest budget is, like others, very dependent on personal incomes taxes on the highest-income Californians and that's dangerous.

Wed, Jan 22, 2020 12:01 am
Voters beware of our populist threat. It comes from the right and left

Mike Madrid, The Lincoln Project: Voters beware of our populist threat. Populism is problematic precisely because it despises compromise under the guise of standing on principle, suggesting that those who collaborate for the greater good lack morality. Compromise itself is the basic virtue of a democratic republic.

Tue, Jan 21, 2020 3:29 am
An invitation to mentor. These California women do

Jennifer Haley, Kern Oil & Refining Co.: California champions opportunity for women. The nation looks to us as a trendsetter, so let’s make 2020 California’s year of women who lead boldly and pave the way for future generations.

Mon, Jan 20, 2020 8:00 am
The man who changed the Capitol

H.L Richardson championed gun rights and tough anti-crime laws and single-handedly changed the tenor of California's Capitol.

Mon, Jan 20, 2020 12:01 am
Gov. Newsom needs to stand up to the Trump administration on the Delta

John McManus, Golden State Salmon Association: Californians are in danger of witnessing extinctions and permanent damage to the salmon fishing industry, the Bay-Delta, and Central Valley Rivers. Gov. Newsom should lead state agencies to counter the Trump administration’s attack on California’s environment.

Sun, Jan 19, 2020 8:00 am

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