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November 21, 2018
Marijuana Comes to Coalinga
The weed business promised to save this struggling California town. So far, it’s been a bust.
November 17, 2018
As Toxic Smoke Blankets California, Who Has the Ability to Escape?
While the wealthy can flee toward cleaner air, the poorest have no choice but to stay put.
November 15, 2018
Moving Beyond the Earned-Income Tax Credit
The EITC might be the most progressive part of the tax code, but it still fails to reach the country’s neediest.
November 15, 2018
The Fire This Time
California’s Camp Fire is a reckoning, an alarm shrieking that our leaders won’t save us from climate change—but perhaps we can.
November 9, 2018
Election Day Brought Thrilling Victory—and Devastating Defeat—to the Housing Movement
Activists won some crucial initiatives, but the real-estate industry spent massively to sink others.
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October 15, 2018
How Silicon Valley Hacked the Economy
Tech entrepreneurs like to present themselves as nerdy tinkerers—but they've been politically active since the earliest days of the microelectronics industry.
October 12, 2018
Is Senator Dianne Feinstein Really Vulnerable This Fall?
She’s the establishment favorite, but as Democratic challenger Kevin de León notes, “Americans are tired of the same old, same old.”
October 11, 2018
A Poll Sheds Light on Tough Los Angeles Olympic Truths
A recent poll by the group No Olympics LA demonstrates a clear need for a public vote on the games.
September 24, 2018
California Ended Cash Bail—but May Have Replaced It With Something Even Worse
Racist algorithms and unlimited judicial discretion threaten to increase pretrial incarceration in California.
September 13, 2018
At the Global Climate Action Summit, Brown and Bloomberg Make Bold New Pledges
The California governor denounced Trump as “a liar, a criminal, and a fool.”