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Reporter’s Notebook: The long journey home from Spain

Bryndon Madison in an airplane restroom on the flight from London to San Fracnisco.

Getting back to California from Europe during a global pandemic was certainly not the way I thought my trip would end.  In January I arrived in Cordoba, Spain, for a two-and-a-half-month  university study-abroad program and that’s where I had been living up until Saturday, March 14. 

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Signature gathering halted for $5.5 billion stem cell initiative

A signature gatherer in Ventura during the 2018 election cycle. (Photo: Michael Gordon, via Shutterrstock)

Backers of a $5.5 billion stem cell research initiative in California have suspended their efforts to gather signatures to place it on the November ballot, but are expressing confidence that the proposal will qualify. The campaign said it had run afoul of statewide bans on public gatherings.

Podcast

Capitol Weekly Podcast: Carmela Coyle on hospitals, coronavirus

The coronavirus. Illustration from the Centers for Disease Control

Carmela Coyle, president of the California Hospital Association, joins John and Tim on the Capitol Weekly Podcast to talk about the challenges that hospitals face as they deal with this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, “an order of potential magnitude that we just haven’t seen before.”

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Newsom: More than half in CA face coronavirus infection

Illustration of the coronavirus impact on California. (Image: bekulnis, via Shutterstock)

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday estimated that more than half of California’s 40 million people will be infected by the coronavirus during the next two months. “We project that roughly 56 percent of our population … will be infected with the virus over an eight-week period,” Newsom wrote in a letter to President Donald Trump.

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Coronavirus may spell doom for alt-weeklies

Newspaper stands for alt-weeklies. (Photo: Nieman Journlism Lab)

It was only seven days ago that we told you about The Stranger, the Seattle alt-(bi)weekly that was facing a financial crisis because of the city’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, which shut down concerts, bars, restaurants, and so many other events that provide the advertising fuel for an alt-weekly

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Coronavirus: $5.5 billion stem cell bond at risk?

Signature gathering in Ventura County during the 2018 election cycle. (Photo: Michael Gordon, via Shutterstock)

The current coronavirus emergency and the practice of social distancing are likely to put a crimp in gathering signatures to qualify a $5.5 billion stem cell initiative for the November ballot in California.

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A new era — politics and the coronavirus

The state Capitol in Sacramento, late in the day. (Photo: Adonis Villanueva, via Shutterstock)

In offices in and around the state Capitol, politicians, consultants, lobbyists, and the whole array of other political types have one thing on their minds: How do we conduct campaigns and politics in the face of the growing coronavirus pandemic? Will candidates make speeches wearing face masks? Are latex gloves going to be de rigueurat meet-and-greet events with supporters?

Podcast

Capitol Weekly Podcast: Richard Schuetz on sports betting

Many people in politics have led colorful lives, but Richard Schuetz has most of them beat. He began working in casinos as a dealer while still in college, and has since held senior positions in gaming establishments across the country, notably in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Opinion

Path to 100% clean energy may be shorter than you think

Wind-driven electricity generators in Baja California. (Photo: VG Photo, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: It’s no secret that the road to a 100% clean energy future could be bumpy. Reaching our state’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045 through wind, solar and other renewable sources while using utility-scale batteries to smooth out peaks and valleys in generation is possible, but it could prove prohibitively expensive.

Opinion

Proposed auto insurance rules could hurt teachers

A photo illustration of a driver on the road. (Image: Minerva Studio, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: California’s track record regarding treatment of its teachers is mediocre at best. Budget cuts, overcrowded classrooms, a lack of school supplies, paychecks completely out of touch with the cost of living—teachers know what it’s like to be low priority.

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