CA120: This was an election the pollsters got right

Directions to the local polling site in San Francisco. (Photo: Kevin McGovern, via Shutterstock)

Much of the coverage of the recent midterm election has been about the surprise outcome – one in which the Republicans have taken a small majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Democrats retained control of the U.S. Senate.  However, this was the story that polling was telling us — if we were willing to listen.

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Progress made, but strike of UC academic workers drags on

Students and academic workers walk a picket line at UC Davis. (Photo: David Kn

As final exams neared in the 10-campus University of California system, United Auto Workers Local 5810 representing postdoctoral scholars and academic researchers announced that it reached a tentative five-year agreement with the University amid a strike that began on Nov. 14. This bargaining unit with 12,000 of the 48,000 striking UC workers will vote to ratify the tentative new contract to run through Sept. 30, 2027.

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Interview: Environmental lobbyist Heidi Sanborn

Environmentalist Heidi Sanborn.(Photo: Screen capture via YouTube, from California insider)

California recently approved three sweeping environmental laws: SB 54, SB 343, and AB 1201. Hopefully, this game-changing legislation will shape national policy about recycling, composting, plastic pollution, and human health. We have many people to thank for the recent measures to reduce plastic pollution and increase plastic recycling, but we citizens rarely know who. Heidi Sanborn is one of those people.

Opinion

Preserving, protecting public lands is a top priority

Sunrise at Yosemite National Park. (Photo: Stephen Moehle, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: From my home in Ventura County, I can see the rugged hills and green oak trees of the Los Padres National Forest. I grew up in this area and have spent countless days exploring my wild backyard. As a kid, these lands were a constant in my life and I thought they would always remain unchanged. But as an adult, I know these places are threatened by development and climate change.

Opinion

Surprise, surprise: An insurance crisis is upon us

A view of downtown Los Angeles seen from the Hollywood hills. (Photo: logoboom, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: Perhaps the greatest financial risk faced by Californians today has nothing to do with rising interest rates or a looming recession. Rather, it is the loss of access to products they rely upon to protect their most valuable assets: auto, homeowners and commercial insurance.

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UC’s academic union workers in week two of strike

Strikers and their allies at a Nov. 16 rally on the campus of UC Davis. (Photo: David Kn, via Shutterstock)

About 48,000 academic union workers at the University of California are in the second week of a strike at UC’s 10 campuses, from San Diego north to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. They walked off their jobs on Nov. 14 amid complaints of unfair labor practices, an action that closed some classrooms and research labs.

Podcast

Behind the Scenes of the Bass campaign, with political strategist Doug Herman

CAPITOL WEEKLY PODCAST: Billionaire developer Rick Caruso emerged from the Los Angeles mayor’s race primary as the only serious contender to the frontrunner, Congresswoman Karen Bass. We’re joined today by Doug Herman of The Strategy Group. Doug was inside the Bass campaign and helped build an effective strategy to compete successfully against a brutal eleven-to-one spending disparity.

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Another high-stakes election looms — but largely under the radar

A photo illustration of bacteria as seen through a research microscope. (Photo: Per Bengtsson, via Shutterstock)

California has another election coming up this fall, but it is not your usual political campaign free-for-all. Instead, it involves the leadership of the $12 billion state stem cell agency, which is trying mightily to develop “miraculous” treatments and cures for diseases that afflict — according to its backers — half of the families in California.

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Sala Burton, on deathbed, sought Nancy Pelosi to succeed her

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks before the Democratic national summer meeting in San Francisco, 2019. (Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald, via Shutterstock)

As Sala Burton lay dying in a hospital bed in 1987, she picked her successor to represent San Francisco in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I saw her gritting her teeth, you know, in pain,” her brother-in law, John Burton, recalled in an Open California oral history. “And she says… I want you, talking to us, to support Nancy for my seat.”

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