California

Construction workers build a new home.

How Houston Halved Homelessness—and What California Can Learn From It How Houston Halved Homelessness—and What California Can Learn From It

Houston, like California, follows the Housing First model, but Texas’s most populous city has a vast supply of low-cost homes.

Dec 6, 2022 / Ned Resnikoff

Karen Bass at news conference

Will LA’s New Mayor Karen Bass Reset the City’s Labor and Housing Markets? Will LA’s New Mayor Karen Bass Reset the City’s Labor and Housing Markets?

Or will her administration stand by as a series of high-profile sporting events turn the city into Doha on the Pacific?

Dec 2, 2022 / Left Coast / Sasha Abramsky

Republicans Are Big Losers, but They May Still Be a Threat

Republicans Are Big Losers, but They May Still Be a Threat Republicans Are Big Losers, but They May Still Be a Threat

Tuesday turned out to be a surprisingly good day. But in Western states, there are warning signs that the Democratic coalition is brittle.

Nov 10, 2022 / Left Coast / Sasha Abramsky

Mayoral debate between Karen Bass and Rick Caruso

Will Republicans Gain Ground in California? Will Republicans Gain Ground in California?

Even though California’s voters aren’t as negative about their state as the national electorate, Democrats are still struggling to mobilize their base.

Nov 4, 2022 / Sasha Abramsky

Pamela Price

Can a District Attorney Dismantle Mass Incarceration and Fight for Gender Justice? Can a District Attorney Dismantle Mass Incarceration and Fight for Gender Justice?

Civil rights lawyer and anti-carceral feminist Pamela Price might just win the Alameda County DA seat—but can she resolve its contradictions?

Nov 1, 2022 / Piper French

Gavin Newsom, Brian Dahle

Gavin Newsom Debates… Who? Gavin Newsom Debates… Who?

While Democrats are floundering in other key races, the California governor gave a preview of his political ambitions by facing off with a Republican challenger.

Oct 28, 2022 / Sasha Abramsky

Mike Davis.

Mike Davis: 1946–2022 Mike Davis: 1946–2022

A brilliant radical reporter with a novelist’s eye and a historian’s memory.

Oct 25, 2022 / Obituary / Jon Wiener

Will the California Homelessness Crisis Curtail Gavin Newsom’s Ambitions?

Will the California Homelessness Crisis Curtail Gavin Newsom’s Ambitions? Will the California Homelessness Crisis Curtail Gavin Newsom’s Ambitions?

The California governor recently signed two bills making it easier to build affordable housing. But the state's highly visible encampments may undercut his national reputation.

Sep 30, 2022 / Sasha Abramsky

Prisoners Forced to Work for Showers Are Now Being Punished for Taking Them

Prisoners Forced to Work for Showers Are Now Being Punished for Taking Them Prisoners Forced to Work for Showers Are Now Being Punished for Taking Them

Regulations to combat a severe drought in California are being used to control prisoners under the auspices of conserving water, people inside San Quentin say.

Sep 27, 2022 / Olivia Heffernan and Steven Brooks

California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks

Facing a Rising Right, Liberal Politicians Need to Stand Firm Facing a Rising Right, Liberal Politicians Need to Stand Firm

If blue-state politicians want to have an impact on national politics, they have to show that their policies work—and that they can get them passed.

Sep 16, 2022 / Sasha Abramsky

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