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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:

Props to You Event: Wait, Didn’t We Vote On These Already?

Look what’s back again. Three topics that Californians saw on previous ballots are returning for another round of voting this fall.  First there’s Proposition 14, which has voters weighing whether to approve billions of taxpayer dollars to fund more stem cell research.  Proposition 23 focuses on whether or not to further regulate California’s burgeoning kidney […]

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 6:25 pm
Props to You Event: Tech Battles

New restrictions on Big Tech, as well as a carve out for “gig” companies, are among the key propositions voters will see on the ballot in November. Proposition 22 could give companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash the leeway to keep workers classified as contractors, and not employees. We’ll discuss what this means for the […]

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 6:22 pm
Props to You Event: Race and Civil Rights

Californians could make some major changes to election law and civil rights statewide if they pass several key propositions on the ballot this fall.  Proposition 16 would legalize affirmative action in California–repealing the ban voters approved on it 24 years ago–for state hiring, contracts and university admissions. And an additional pair of propositions will expand […]

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 6:07 pm
Props to You Event: How Tough on Crime Should We Be?

Some answers to that question lie in your hands. On the November ballot, Proposition 20 would increase penalties for certain property crimes and make parole more difficult, while Proposition 25 would replace the existing cash bail law with a risk-based bail system. In the second of our five “Props to You” events, CalMatters will talk […]

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 6:04 pm
Props to You Event: Changing Prop 13

Major changes could be in store for California homeowners and businesses this fall, depending on the outcome of two property tax propositions on the ballot. Voters will be considering two controversial measures that will overturn parts of the state’s (in)famous Proposition 13 law, including: Proposition 15, which would increase property taxes on businesses. Proposition 19, […]

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 5:58 pm
“Props to You”: A Q&A event series on California’s ballot measures

With 12 contentious propositions on your California ballot, you’ve probably got questions. From kidney dialysis and affirmative action to rent control and gig workers, CalMatters has you covered. We’re holding five “Props to You” events — a series of virtual Q&A sessions that let you ask questions about the California propositions to help you make […]

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 5:52 pm
College Journalism Network expands, announces new partnerships

The CalMatters College Journalism Network will double in size this fall, offering paid fellowships to a diverse cohort of 14 student journalists from campuses across California.  We launched the network earlier this year with a two-part mission: improve CalMatters’ higher education coverage by focusing on student voices, and provide training and career opportunities for student […]

Fri, Sep 25, 2020 10:48 am

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