Dan Walters’ post-pandemic biopsy of California

Dan Walters, the dean of state capital journalists, joined us in the first week of the pandemic lockdown, back in March of 2020. After twenty months, he joins us once again to offer a post-pandemic view of California’s future. He opines on politicians…

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Mick LaSalle takes California to the movies

Mick LaSalle, author of his new book “,” shows how movies have historically captured the essence of California. For almost a century, the movies have defined the California dream and projected it out to the world. The long-time film critic for the San…

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Joe Mathews on how L.A. is failing California

Joe Mathews, a long-time California journalist, thinks that the state has a big problem, and the problem’s name is Los Angeles. Mathews argues that Los Angeles County, home to 25% of the state’s population, undermines the state and holds back its…

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Joan Didion talks about California

Upon the occasion of the publication of a new collection of works by Joan Didion, “,” I share a conversation I had with her in 2016 about California, its history, and its many crises. Because of her deep and broad vision, it’s as relevant today as…

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Chronicle journalists on Propositions 22 and 19

Carolyn Said and Kathleen Pender, both San Francisco Chronicle journalists, look at the real world impacts of Proposition 22, which classifies app-based drivers as as independent contractors, and Proposition 19, which would alter property taxes. …

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Sen. Scott Wiener argues for SB 50

State Sen. Scott Wiener makes his case for SB 50 by first reminding us that almost one-third of the nation’s housing shortage is in California. In homes per capita, California ranks 49th among U.S. states. Wiener argues that the California tradition…

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