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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:

Many California workers are afraid to speak up. These policies could address that

New research shows that almost 2 in 5 California workers have experienced a workplace violation, but few report it because they fear retaliation. Lawmakers could address those concerns by creating a retaliation fund, educating workers on their rights and reconsidering the "at will" employment model.

Wed, Feb 1, 2023 5:30 am
Another police shooting, another haunting video

Last Friday, the Memphis Police Department released its videos of the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, prompting an outpouring of protest, grief and commemoration across the country, including in California where Nichols spent much of his life. One day earlier — and initially receiving little public notice — Anthony Lowe Jr., a 36-year-old Black man […]

Wed, Feb 1, 2023 5:00 am
Double-barreled ‘tort wars’ conflict heats up

The ceaseless skirmishing among interest groups over rules governing personal injury lawsuits is known as "tort wars" and a double-barreled battle over a controversial employment law is heating up.

Wed, Feb 1, 2023 12:01 am
California, other states reach impasse over Colorado River

Despite a federal deadline today, California — the largest user of Colorado River water — has refused to cut back as much as six other states proposed in a new plan today. Imperial valley growers have the most to lose.

Tue, Jan 31, 2023 6:36 pm
Bills, bills and more bills at California Legislature

They’ve been back for nearly a month, so it’s time for California lawmakers to deliver on some of their campaign promises. That means the legislative session is starting to pick up steam.  Let’s get to the highlights from a busy Monday at the state Capitol (warning: prepare for quite a bit of déjà vu): Public […]

Tue, Jan 31, 2023 5:00 am
U.S. Senate race starts games of musical chairs

Three members of California's congressional delegation are running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Dianne Feinstein, which touches off political scrambles for their congressional seats.

Tue, Jan 31, 2023 12:01 am
El ‘Reparation Task Force’ de California se concentra en quién sería elegible para una compensación

EN RESUMEN El primer ‘Reparation Task Force’ (Grupo de Trabajo para Compensaciones) de California acordó que los residentes deberían calificar para una compensación. Pero, ¿deberían ser elegibles ciertos antiguos residentes “vulnerables”, como los niños de crianza temporal o los exprisioneros? Read this article in English. El ‘Reparation Task Force’ de California concluyó el sábado dos […]

Mon, Jan 30, 2023 5:40 am

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