Rosalynn Carter: A lifetime voice for improving mental health care

First Lady Rosalynn Carter, photo courtesy of AP

Tributes to First Lady Rosalynn Carter invariably cite her lifelong commitment to improving care for people with severe mental illness. As she stumped for her husband during the closing days of the 1976 presidential campaign, she brought that advocacy to the unlikely locale of Bakersfield.

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Amidst morale ‘crisis,’ CA stem cell agency could take months to find new president

The Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research building at University of California Irvine, a CIRM major facility. Photo courtesy of CIRM

California’s $12 billion stem cell and gene therapy program could be treading water for the next 12 months in the view of at least one of its leaders as it searches for a new president of the 19-year-old enterprise. Past presidential searches have been burdened by a legal, dual executive arrangement that has been described by a former board member as a “dog’s breakfast.”


The tangled web of California cardrooms and third-party proposition players

Image by Netfalls Remy Musser

Confusion and complexity are features, not bugs, of the bizarre subculture of California cardrooms and their related entities, third-party proposition players (TPPPs), which tie cardrooms together into sprawling networks of interwoven gaming businesses that seem to work in concert with one another. But while the TPPP system is perfectly legal, some question where it is ethical.


Is the Legislature adhering to the spirit of California’s new pay transparency law?

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, photo courtesy of Associated Press

California is one of eight states with a salary range transparency law, but critics contend some employers are violating the spirit of the law by posting artificially wide salary ranges. But the private sector isn’t alone – the California Legislature is also guilty of posting extraordinarily wide ranges across numerous positions.


Life after Twitter: Where do California news junkies go now?

CAPITOL WEEKLY PODCAST: In the year or so since billionaire Elon Musk took over Twitter (now X), the platform has changed: As a tool for reporters, X is a shadow of what Twitter once was. Lara Korte of Politico joined us to talk about the decline of the platform, how it came to be such an essential part of newsgathering and how and where to stay up-to-date on political news in the wake of X’s dysfunction.


Education Policy – Tony Thurmond, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Capitol Weekly's Conference on Education. Keynote by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. Photo by Scott Duncan, Capitol Weekly

CAPITOL WEEKLY PODCAST: California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond made headlines in July when he was kicked out of a Chino Valley School Board meeting for speaking out against policies he said would hurt LGBTQ+ students. He tells us why he went, and about the challenges facing teachers and California schools today.


Letter to the Editor: 70 Percent

The majority of Americans, roughly 70%, believe that corporations and the wealthy should pay higher taxes.

A woman’s right to choose is supported by roughly 70% of Americans.

Social Security funding should continue to be funded by the government, according to 70% of Americans.

Approximately 70% of Americans support the Affordable Care Act and want


Clarity around meningitis vaccines critical to LatinX community

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OPINION – The COVID-19 pandemic exposed long-standing gaps in health care access and education among communities of color and low-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles and existing health disparities continue to leave Los Angeles’ large LatinX community at a higher risk for significant health threats.

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