What the Camp Fire Revealed

ANALYSIS | Two months after disaster struck, the recovery in Paradise, California, is harder for some than for others.

Trump Administration Tries to Thwart States’ Unemployment Plan

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Arizona’s rainy-day fund … Iowa mayor arrested for pot-growing operation … and Seattle mayor will pursue new streetcar.

States Are Crafting Laws to Help Determine Pet Custody in Messy Divorces

Lawmakers are looking at a California law that just went into effect this month.

40 Startups to Work With 22 Governments on Civic Tech Challenges

The Startup in Residence Program has grown and even inspired California’s governor to turn its approach to innovation into a new procurement pathway.

First-in-the-Nation ‘Skip the Slip’ Bill Introduced

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida State Capitol sexual harassment settlement … Mayor De Blasio announces NYC Care … and Pennsylvania’s carbon goals.

Setting the Tone for Their Tenures as Governors

A sampling of 5 inauguration speeches from the newly sworn-in governors of California, Minnesota, Nevada, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges Over State Farm Animal Laws

California and Massachusetts standards for the confinement of livestock have drawn opposition from other states.

New Governor Has 1st State Budget Due This Week

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Minn. is falling behind on goals to reduce emissions … Airbnb sees big growth in rural areas … and a lawsuit could drain Pa. transit funding.

As Wildfire Risk Increases, Home Insurance Is Harder to Find

This is particularly a problem in California, where catastrophic wildfires in 2018 caused more than $9 billion in losses to insured property.

Quake Early-Warning App Now Available to Anyone in Los Angeles

Making seismic alerts available to the public has been a priority for Mayor Eric Garcetti.

‘Cannabis Equity’ Runs Into Roadblocks

While cities aim to help people of color become pot entrepreneurs, getting programs off the ground has proved difficult.

The Benefits of Being a Mayor Between Separate Stints as Governor

Something that paved the way for the success of Jerry Brown’s second tour as California governor: His eight years at Oakland City Hall.

Tough But Important Lessons From San Diego’s 2017 Hepatitis A Emergency

A California state auditor’s report focuses much attention on a slow public health response as the highly-contagious liver disease spread.

‘Best Buddies’ Celebrates Reappointment of Beloved Calif. State Capitol Worker

John Masterson is someone who brings “a little joy, a smile, a little humanity” to a hard-working place.

California Moves Another Step Toward Open-Source Government

The comprehensive open-source plan rolled out this week is the latest chapter in a story that has been developing for years.

Ending Weed Prohibition Hasn’t Stopped Drug Crimes

Marijuana legalization was supposed to decrease crime—but the reality is more complicated.

San José Offers a Scooter Ultimatum

Operations that fail to implement geofencing or a similar safety solution by July 1 will be scuttled by the California city.

The Need to Accommodate More Floodwaters Near Sacramento

A tour of some of the levee infrastructure that protects California’s capital city.

A Tough Question in California: Whether to Rebuild in Places That Will Burn Again

Despite the clear and present dangers of the wildland-urban interface, many vow to rebuild in risky spots.