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A Connecticut Yankee’s Introduction to California

A Northeastern native and longtime California resident reflects on his first time experiencing the colorful characters, culture and politics of the Golden State.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 READ MORE


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UC Berkeley Protesters Fight to Save Funding for Undocumented Students

A coalition of campus organizations interrupted the school’s “Cal Day” to draw attention to a $5 million fund that is set to expire soon. The money was originally earmarked for immigration attorneys, psychologists and a textbook rental system.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



National Prison Strike Campaign Vows to End ‘American Slave System’

Starting Sept. 9, prisoners across the United States will begin a coordinated work stoppage to call attention to what they contend is involuntary servitude.

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



California Reaches Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

Numerous statewide polls have suggested that voters would approve a minimum wage proposal—perhaps even a more sweeping version—which forced lawmakers to take swift action.

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE



Is Trump the Sequel to Schwarzenegger?

The parallels between the two are striking: Both capitalized on celebrity worship and voter discontent, neither had previous political experience and each is renowned for using sheer muscle—of one sort or another—to make their way in the world.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE



More Than Half the World’s Population Faces Severe Water Scarcity

A new study indicates that global water shortages are much more severe than previously thought, finding that 4 billion people suffer water scarcity during at least one month during the year, while half a billion experience it throughout the year.

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges and Salinas Leaders Decry the Decline of Another Company Town

In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist and series host Chris Hedges talks with two figures from the American agribusiness center of Salinas, Calif., about the corporate takeover of the city’s political system, its impact on local workers and the similarities between Salinas and Detroit.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Rallying for Bernie Sanders, Seminar-Style

Pundits say voter anger is what characterizes this year’s presidential race, but it was a different story at a recent Sanders campaign gathering in Beverly Hills, where the candidate’s supporters quietly sought serious answers to issues including health insurance, fracking and campaign finance.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



The Porter Ranch Gas Leak: Blame Gov. Jerry Brown

If you think Donald Trump is a national disgrace, you haven’t been paying much attention to what’s been happening in California.

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 READ MORE



Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Teacher Unions That Could Deal a Major Blow to Liberals

On Monday, the Supreme Court justices who handed victories to liberals in 2016 will hear a case that labor leaders warn could bankrupt public-sector unions and further curtail their political power.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 READ MORE



Out of Options, California Ships Hundreds of Troubled Children Out of State

One 14-year-old boy’s search for care takes him to Utah as his home state struggles to safeguard its most challenging children.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE



The Consequences for Violating Patient Privacy in California? Depends Where the Hospital Is

An analysis found California officials are inconsistently enforcing a 2008 patient privacy law. Hospitals in the state’s Inland Empire rack up deficiencies while Los Angeles hospitals almost never do.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



Those Radical Aussies, and How They Tackled Gun Violence

What worked so well for Australia—firearm confiscation—unfortunately seems out of reach for the U.S. Even so, there are common-sense approaches in some foreign countries that could work here. Pictured right, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative to strengthen the state’s gun laws.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE



Gov. Jerry Brown Names Dana Gioia, Former Chairman of the NEA, California Poet Laureate

The California governor announced earlier this month that Dana Gioia would take over the Golden State post, replacing Juan Felipe Herrera, who recently became U.S. poet laureate.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE



‘Right Out of California’ Book Review: On the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism

In her look at California labor disputes during the Depression, Kathryn Olmsted reveals a mirror reflected across eight decades: Even the government’s most modest policies on behalf of the poor were met with hysteria by the right.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE



Floods Will Add to California’s Drought Woes

Climate scientists predict that while the drought that has devastated the state for four years will become more extreme, it will be interspersed with bouts of serious flooding.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



With a Spate of New Laws, California May Be the Most Progressive State in the Nation

In the span of just a few weeks, the state Legislature passed—and Gov. Jerry Brown approved—a series of bills that further the cause of social justice on a wide range of issues.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



Cutting Emissions May Save Some U.S. Cities, but More Than 400 Appear ‘Already Lost,’ Study Finds

Researchers say it is already too late for Miami and New Orleans, which will be overcome by rising sea levels caused by man-made climate change. Under a worst-case scenario, New York could be unlivable by 2085.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know

All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that’s expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE



State Terror Against People of Color

Mothers of young men murdered by police in Orange County, Calif., testify to the systematic destruction of families and society that such shootings cause. And by extension they indict the capitalist evil that consciously holds the poor like animals in squalid pens.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE



Finally Acknowledging the Obvious, Los Angeles Moves to Declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness

Whether a Truthdig series had anything to do with it or not, the mayor has committed to finding $100 million to get 10,000 people off the streets and into programs to help them.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Unarmed Black Teenager Manhandled, Arrested for ‘Jaywalking’

Nine California cops gave Americans another reason to despise police officers on Wednesday when they wrestled a sobbing, passive black teenager to the ground after he allegedly jaywalked and refused to follow an officer’s orders.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE



Winners and Losers in the GOP Debate That Went On and On

This debate won’t alarm Democratic strategists. The Republican infighting will make them happy, and so too will the portrait it painted of an extreme, angry party that is also—Rubio and Bush excepted—very pessimistic about the future of our nation.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Helping the Homeless in the Face of GOP’s Brutal Funding Cuts

The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Report Card: Which Candidates at the GOP Debate Got a Gold Star?

Sorry, Republicans, but it’s still Donald Trump’s world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Go Directly to Jail: Punishing the Homeless for Being Homeless

Although falling asleep, standing still and sitting down are all necessary for survival, more and more communities are treating these behaviors as crimes when done in public places by people with nowhere else to go.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



Oil Giants Crush California Bill Aimed at Reducing Gasoline Use

The oil industry has derailed an environmental bill designed to reduce gasoline use by up to 50 percent by 2030.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



California Police Killings Database Shows ‘Clear Racial Disparities’

Newly released records show that black men have been killed by police in California at eight times the rate of other residents over the past decade.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE



California to Move Thousands of Prisoners out of Solitary Confinement

Finally, some better news from our nation’s prison-industrial complex: California announced Tuesday that thousands of inmates in the state’s prisons would be shifted out of solitary confinement.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Inmates and Lawyers Against Solitary Confinement

A 2011 hunger strike by California convicts attracted the attention of human rights advocates, and that led to an extraordinary alliance. If this group of lawyers and prisoners has its way, the barbaric conditions in our prisons will come to an end.

Posted on Aug 22, 2015 READ MORE



Wolf Pack Found in California for First Time in Almost 100 Years

Seven wolves—two adults and five 4-month-old pups—have been spotted in a forested area in Northern California, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE



Land in California Is Sinking Nearly Two Inches Per Month Due to Pumping in Drought

The rate at which vast areas of California’s Central Valley are sinking has accelerated as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped out to meet water shortages during the region’s historic drought.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE



Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights

The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have the precious resource. Could leasing the rights to it solve the crisis responsibly?

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE



California Gov. Jerry Brown at Vatican’s Climate Summit: ‘God Is Not Mocked’

California’s water-challenged residents know what it’s like to deal with ecological trouble in their own backyards, so it was only fitting that the Golden State’s Gov. Jerry Brown did a little preaching Tuesday at the Vatican’s climate-focused meeting of mayors from around the world.

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Watch the ‘Yes Men’s’ Comical Solution to the California Drought

The activists’ spoof campaign encourages hipsters to forgo showers if they eat beef. Find out if they managed to fool anyone.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Jul 7, 2015 ENLARGE



Whole Foods Co-CEOs’ Mea Culpa: ‘We Made Some Mistakes’

Now that Whole Foods’ tag-team CEOs Walter Robb and John Mackey have admitted that “inadvertent” mistakes were made in raising prices on products in New York City stores, it remains to be seen whether consumers will buy their explanation.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE



California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Landmark Bill for Mandatory Childhood Vaccinations

The new law will require one of the strictest vaccination regimes in the country, and California is now one of only three states that does not permit nonmedical exemptions.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE



The U.S. Is Now the World’s Second-Largest Spanish-Speaking Country

The United States now has 41 million native Spanish speakers and 11 million people who are bilingual.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



Mandatory Vaccination Bill for Public Schools Passes California Assembly

The state of California has approved one of the toughest vaccination laws in the United States.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



California Labor Commission Officially Calls Uber Driver an Uber Employee

A California labor agency has determined that, at least in one instance, an Uber driver is actually an employee of the company, not an independent contractor who happens to rely on Uber-provided information to drive her business. But what does this mean for the ride-sharing behemoth?

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE



Google to Californians: Help Us Protect Your Electronic Privacy

In an email message to subscribers, Google supported a proposed update of California telecommunications law, a change that would restrict authorities’ ability to look at people’s email and other electronic information without a warrant.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE



Los Angeles to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

A historic victory has been won for the city’s low-wage workers.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE


California Drought









Posted on Apr 28, 2015 ENLARGE


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Posted on Apr 21, 2015 ENLARGE



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Can Republicans Learn From California?

Jim Brulte, California’s Republican chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party’s leaders and 2016 candidates: If they don’t learn from what happened to the GOP in California, they may doom themselves to repeating its decidedly unpleasant experience.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE


California and Martian Water









Posted on Apr 17, 2015 ENLARGE


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Posted on Apr 11, 2015 ENLARGE



How America’s Theme Parks Kill Our Souls

Why so few smiles at a family-oriented theme park? Maybe because deep down, many attendees realize they’re being taken for another kind of ride.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE


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