California lawmakers failed to enact sweeping police reforms. Here’s why.

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

Last summer, when California passed a landmark law meant to reduce police shootings, lawmakers praised the mothers, fathers and activists who had packed the Capitol throughout the year. They wore T-shirts memorializing shooting victims. Filled hallways with songs and prayer. Laid flowers at the doorsteps of politicians’ offices. And lined up, sometimes by the hundreds, […]

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Faced with dying Californians and withering businesses, Gov. Newsom steers a middle path. Can it last?

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

Californians could be forgiven for feeling like we’re running in place. Three months after Gov. Gavin Newsom began easing the stay-at-home order meant to curb the coronavirus pandemic, the virus is raging — and the vast majority of residents are back to living under major government restrictions. About 97% of Californians live in counties where […]

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Budget deal shields neediest Californians, shifts burden to middle class

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

The work of crafting a pandemic-era state budget was never going to make California Democrats happy. The question, as soon as the economic fallout from the coronavirus became evident this spring, wasn’t whether there would be cuts, but rather, who would take them and how deep they would go.  The answer, detailed in an agreement […]

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Assembly to Newsom: Don’t count on feds to rescue California from deep budget cuts

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

California shouldn’t rely so heavily on money from the federal government to close its budget deficit, a bipartisan chorus of lawmakers told the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom during an unusual hearing Tuesday. Almost every member of the state Assembly spoke out about Newsom’s proposal to slash billions from the budget amid the pandemic-induced recession. […]

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How does Newsom Reopen California?

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

Restless Californians are letting Gov. Gavin Newsom know they’re over his statewide order to stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. At noisy street demonstrations and in polite letters from government officials, they’re saying: Let us start getting back to normal. Other local leaders — still concerned about the potential for the virus […]

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Newsom, Trump: more beds, masks, equipment ahead for coronavirus

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

As California braced for an onslaught of desperately ill coronavirus patients, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans over the weekend to open two new hospitals, and President Donald Trump said the federal government will ship a number of mobile hospital units to the state, pay for National Guard deployments and deploy the San Diego-based naval hospital […]

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How California is Rewriting the Law on Online Privacy

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

(Editor’s note: This is the introduction to Laurel Rosenhall’s reporting on California privacy laws written for CalMatters. The series consists of ten pieces diving into and explaining the privacy laws. You can find the series here.) Our actions online have created a vast trove of information worth billions of dollars. Every time we search, click, […]

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Newsom’s first rodeo: In year one, the governor bucks both Trump and Brown

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

Californians will soon be allowed to eat roadkill but be prohibited from buying fur coats. Abortion pills will become available on college campuses, but tiny bottles of shampoo will be banned from hotel rooms. High school and middle school kids will get a later first bell, but schools won’t be forced to give kindergarteners a […]

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On Trump’s tax returns and maybe more, Newsom’s agenda isn’t Jerry Brown’s

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

As governor, Jerry Brown vetoed a 2017 measure to keep presidential candidates off the California primary ballot unless they release their tax returns. With a stern veto message, he said the Trump-trolling bill would create a political “slippery slope.” “Today we require tax returns, but what would be next? Five years of health records? A […]

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New CA rules for deadly police force go to governor’s desk

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

Aiming to reduce police shootings in a state that has more than 100 of them each year, the California legislature passed a bill Monday setting a tougher standard for police to use deadly force, allowing officers to fire their guns only “when necessary in defense of human life.”  Gov. Gavin Newsom said he intends to […]

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