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CalMatters is a Sacramento-based nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California's state Capitol works and why it matters. It works with more than 130 media partners throughout the state that have long, deep relationships with their local audiences, including Embarcadero Media (owner of Redwood City Pulse, Palo Alto Weekly and The Almanac in Menlo Park.)

Here are the most recent stories reported by CalMatters' team of journalists:

Omicron blazes through California child care providers already reeling from COVID

Child care centers were already struggling prior to the omicron variant. Now a dire situation has gotten even worse.

Here is the first step to a sustainable water policy

We do not have a water crisis. We have a water management crisis, and we must revamp our water policy to reflect a drier future.

Student housing is tight. A California plan wants $5 billion for affordable beds

Student housing in California is already tight and the state has big plans to expand enrollment at the University of California and the Cal States. A $5 billion proposal would give campuses loans at no interest to expand their housing stock.

California’s electric grid is not ready to meet climate goals

We must start now to develop the grid of the future that will bring clean energy produced remotely to consumers in urban centers.

Oil transition puts California Democrats in a bind

As California transitions from fossil fuels, what happens to oil and gas workers? It's a challenge for Gov. Newsom and Democratic lawmakers.

Newsom’s vacillation on vaccinations, Phase 2

Another heated confrontation over vaccinations is looming in California's Capitol and once again Gov. Gavin Newsom is trying to straddle the fence.

What’s in the California paid sick leave deal for workers and businesses?

Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders agree to restore California paid sick leave for COVID-19. Here's what you need to know.

La escasez de trabajadores de transporte público afecta la economía de California

En resumen Tantos empleados están enfermos con COVID o tienen miedo de ir al trabajo que está interrumpiendo el servicio de transporte público. Eso está teniendo un impacto en la fuerza laboral y la economía. Read this article in English.

New start times for schools this fall will be a disaster

The last thing students need now is less stability, less routine and less predictability – this is not the time for more changes.

California casualties in Congress’ effort to regulate Big Tech

Regulations targeting tech companies will impact small, minority- and women-owned businesses in California.