California

The Women’s March in support of reproductive rights in Los Angeles on Oct. 2 was among hundreds of similar demonstrations staged across the country over the weekend. (Morgan Lieberman/New York Times)

How Californians view abortion

State is home to more than a quarter of U.S. facilities

  • Oct 4, 2021
The Women’s March in support of reproductive rights in Los Angeles on Oct. 2 was among hundreds of similar demonstrations staged across the country over the weekend. (Morgan Lieberman/New York Times)
A syringe is filled with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccine center in Rohnert Park in January; a recent survey of California’s major hospital systems revealed vaccination rates of 90 percent or higher among health care workers. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)

Mandates boost vaccination rates among health care workers in California

Thousands of hospital employees recently inoculated

  • Sep 30, 2021
A syringe is filled with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccine center in Rohnert Park in January; a recent survey of California’s major hospital systems revealed vaccination rates of 90 percent or higher among health care workers. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)
California congressional districts are drawn by an independent citizens commission, which is hearing from candidates and party officials who don’t disclose their partisan affiliations. (iStock)

Between the lines: Hidden partisans try to influence California’s independent redistricting

‘Smaller voices … might otherwise get drowned out by these louder coordinated efforts’

  • Sep 30, 2021
California congressional districts are drawn by an independent citizens commission, which is hearing from candidates and party officials who don’t disclose their partisan affiliations. (iStock)
Marybel Batjer, in a resignation letter, wrote that stepping down from the California Public Utilities Commission was a “difficult decision.” (Screenshot/California Public Utilities Commission website)

State public utilities head to make early departure from six-year term

CPUC president has seen controversy during time in office

Marybel Batjer, in a resignation letter, wrote that stepping down from the California Public Utilities Commission was a “difficult decision.” (Screenshot/California Public Utilities Commission website)
California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 caps the amount of money that patients can collect for “non-economic” damages such as pain and suffering in cases of medical negligence. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

Medical malpractice cases are often long, difficult

California voters could change law to improve justice for injured patients

California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 caps the amount of money that patients can collect for “non-economic” damages such as pain and suffering in cases of medical negligence. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
Kate Tibbitts is pictured in an ad which falsely blames Attorney General Rob Bonta for supporting policies that let her suspected killer out of jail. <ins>(Screenshot/ieforannemarie.com)</ins>

A terrifying murder on a quiet street highlights California’s blame game over crime

Historically low crime rates can’t stop Republicans from blaming Democrats for murder and theft

Kate Tibbitts is pictured in an ad which falsely blames Attorney General Rob Bonta for supporting policies that let her suspected killer out of jail. <ins>(Screenshot/ieforannemarie.com)</ins>
Californians who meet certain income requirements can take advantage of a program that offers to pay back rent accrued during the pandemic as well as unpaid water and electricity bills.(Shutterstock)

Rental assistance is available for Californians

State program offers funds for tenants affected by pandemic

  • Sep 28, 2021
Californians who meet certain income requirements can take advantage of a program that offers to pay back rent accrued during the pandemic as well as unpaid water and electricity bills.(Shutterstock)
In California to date, only about 42% of guards and 57% of all prison staffers are fully vaccinated. (iStock)

Judge requires COVID vaccines for California prison guards

Mandate would ‘lower the risk of preventable death among incarcerated persons’

  • Sep 28, 2021
In California to date, only about 42% of guards and 57% of all prison staffers are fully vaccinated. (iStock)
Riya Master, a fourth year student studying integrative biology at University of California, Berkeley, said she chose UC over the University of Virginia in her home state because it was better suited to her major. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)

As UC makes room for more Californians, can it afford to lose out-of-state students?

Legislature’s enrollment plan calls for adding nearly 11,000 state residents

  • Sep 27, 2021
Riya Master, a fourth year student studying integrative biology at University of California, Berkeley, said she chose UC over the University of Virginia in her home state because it was better suited to her major. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)
Maria Jimenez swabs her 7-year-old daughter Glendy Perez for a COVID-19 test at Canal Alliance in San Rafael on Sept. 25.<ins> (Penni Gladstone/CalMatters)</ins>

Rapid COVID-19 tests in short supply in California

‘The U.S. gets a D- when it comes to testing’

  • Sep 27, 2021
Maria Jimenez swabs her 7-year-old daughter Glendy Perez for a COVID-19 test at Canal Alliance in San Rafael on Sept. 25.<ins> (Penni Gladstone/CalMatters)</ins>
John Vandemoer, pictured teaching a sailing class in Redwood City on Sept. 25, describes in a new book the environment that made Stanford a ripe target for the college admissions scandal.<ins> (Jenna Garrett/New York Times)</ins>

A cog in the college admissions scandal speaks out

Former Stanford sailing coach tells all in ‘Rigged Justice’

  • Sep 27, 2021
John Vandemoer, pictured teaching a sailing class in Redwood City on Sept. 25, describes in a new book the environment that made Stanford a ripe target for the college admissions scandal.<ins> (Jenna Garrett/New York Times)</ins>
Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (No. 22), pictured playing at Chase Center in May, has not been vaccinated for COVID-19. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

NBA denies Wiggins’ request for religious exemption from vaccine

Warrior will be barred from home games in SF until he gets inoculated

  • Sep 27, 2021
Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (No. 22), pictured playing at Chase Center in May, has not been vaccinated for COVID-19. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Some school districts in California are reporting chronic absenteeism rates of 30% or more. (Alison Yin/EdSource)

Absenteeism surging since schools reopened

Learning loss, anxiety, depression among pandemic-era health challenges

  • Sep 27, 2021
Some school districts in California are reporting chronic absenteeism rates of 30% or more. (Alison Yin/EdSource)
Federal officials have endorsed booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for many fully inoculated Americans. (Kevin Mohatt/New York Times)

When Californians will get COVID-19 boosters

Eligibility currently limited to those inoculated with Pfizer vaccine

  • Sep 27, 2021
Federal officials have endorsed booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for many fully inoculated Americans. (Kevin Mohatt/New York Times)
City officials have informed the owners of El Farolito, a legendary taqueria that started in the Mission District, that they cannot open a new location in North Beach due to rules against “formula retail.” (Gil Duran/SF Examiner)

Free El Farolito! San Francisco’s North Beach burrito ban must not stand

San Francisco reaches new level of absurdity with ban on famed burrito spot

  • Sep 24, 2021
City officials have informed the owners of El Farolito, a legendary taqueria that started in the Mission District, that they cannot open a new location in North Beach due to rules against “formula retail.” (Gil Duran/SF Examiner)
People waited to vote in the recall election in Huntington Beach on Sept. 14; Orange County’s rejection of the recall hints at what could be in store for the 2022 midterms. (Allison Zaucha/New York Times)

What Newsom’s victory in Orange County says about 2022

Region is no longer a reliably conservative enclave

  • Sep 23, 2021
People waited to vote in the recall election in Huntington Beach on Sept. 14; Orange County’s rejection of the recall hints at what could be in store for the 2022 midterms. (Allison Zaucha/New York Times)
Eviction protections passed in June are set to expire on Sept. 30, but eligible tenants may apply for rent relief. (Shae Hammond/CalMatters)

Contractor’s deal on California rent relief gets more lucrative

Mississippi firm slated to administer $2.6 billion

  • Sep 23, 2021
Eviction protections passed in June are set to expire on Sept. 30, but eligible tenants may apply for rent relief. (Shae Hammond/CalMatters)
A ranch dog drinks from a well in Oroville that’s near a solar panel and water storage tank. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)

As California drought deepens, water use drops only 1.8%

North Coast and Bay Area residents cut water use while Southern Californians didn’t

  • Sep 23, 2021
A ranch dog drinks from a well in Oroville that’s near a solar panel and water storage tank. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)
San Francisco supervisors are considering plans to replace trash cans — a “Renaissance” garbage can is pictured on Market Street — with pricey, unnecessary upgrades. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

San Francisco must end ridiculous and expensive quest for ‘pretty’ trash cans

SF’s unique and pricey garbage bins a dream of disgraced former Public Works director

  • Sep 23, 2021
San Francisco supervisors are considering plans to replace trash cans — a “Renaissance” garbage can is pictured on Market Street — with pricey, unnecessary upgrades. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
A new California law would allow bicycle riders to safely yield at intersections. (Shutterstock)

New ‘Idaho Stop’ legislation encourages bicycle safety

Cyclists, advocates support common-sense Assembly Bill 122

A new California law would allow bicycle riders to safely yield at intersections. (Shutterstock)