While Prop 13 may have saved the California dream for some, it destroyed it for many others.
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In 1978, Californians voted to pass Proposition 13, which slashed property taxes and ushered in an era of underinvestment, ending the 'California dream' for many.
A wildfire burns behind a winery in Santa Rosa, California.
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As firefighters contain the fires that have been raging since Oct. 8, California's wine industry is assessing the damage and hoping the tourists who fled the ash-filled air return.
Burned area in Santa Rosa, California, Oct. 11, 2017.
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Fire is part of the ecology in much of California, but recent wildfires have caused much more damage than past burns of similar size. A fire ecologist points to two key factors: winds and population growth.
In explaining the causes of wildfires, the media and policymakers typically point to environmental factors, but that’s not the whole story.
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The media and policymakers often say a 'perfect storm' of environmental factors cause wildfires but that ignores the role of irresponsible urban planning and development in raising fire risks.
Picking up the pieces after fire devastated the city of Santa Rose, California.
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A California fire expert explains why municipalities need to reassess urban fire risk and take steps to learn how to coexist with fire.
Wildfire creates an orange glow in a view from a hilltop Oct. 13, 2017, in Geyserville, California.
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Wildfires in California have triggered a public health emergency. One threat is smoke inhalation: Some air readings have registered pollution levels comparable to bad air days in Beijing or Mumbai.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, in Huntsville, Ala., on Sept. 22.
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Precisely because of his problems at home, Donald Trump wants to do more abroad – possibly with disastrous results. How can those who know foreign policy rein him in?
Big Sur coastline.
Ashley Spratt, USFWS
For 50 years California has used laws and policies to manage development along its 1,100-mile coastline and preserve public access to the shore. Climate change will make that task harder.
Sareum Srey Moch plays Loung Ung in this story of the Khmer Rouge genocide.
First They Killed My Father works hard to achieve authenticity in a genre that is as old as cinema itself.
Old West, as seen through 1967 Orange County eyes.
Orange County Archives
Knott's Berry Farm and others romanticize the state's past and influence visitors’ sense of history. But their ideology reflects mid-20th-century political conservatism more than settlers' reality.
States like Ohio could lose billions of dollars in federal funds if the ACA is repealed.
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As states begin to plan budgets, the future of Obamacare is still undecided. A former Ohio state senator explains how budget directors are bracing for billions of dollars in shortfalls.
Climate crusaders: President Macron, right, with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg after a June 2 meeting at the Elysee Palace, following the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement.
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International problems and local policies are integrally interwoven, whether the nationalists in Washington like it or not.
Signatures were collected to put the death penalty on the 2016 Nebraska ballot.
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Of the 34 state ballot initiatives seeking to limit or abolish the death penalty, 31 have failed. Is this democracy at its worst?
A May Day protest in San Francisco. The state is at odds with the Trump administration on a number of policies, notably immigration and environment.
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Defiant against Trump's policies on immigration and environment, California finds itself defending its way of life – the California Dream itself.
People watch Father John Misty perform at the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
Music festivals have been a boon to the music industry, but now we're starting to witness some pitfalls of commercial success: consolidation and creeping conformity.
California is particularly earthquake-prone, hosting the great San Andreas fault zone.
Can California's wet weather make earthquakes more likely? Scientists are still learning about what triggers these events. Even human activity can be a culprit.
Trump and California Governor Jerry Brown have already had their run-ins.
A new federalism? Trump's decision to green-light the Dakota Access Pipeline and early battles with states show a disregard for the sovereignty of domestic government bodies.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB350 on Oct. 7, 2015. The bill calls for increasing the state’s renewable electricity use to 50 percent and doubling energy efficiency in existing buildings by 2030.
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California has set ambitious goals for cutting carbon emissions and shifting to a clean energy economy. How will this strategy affect the state's huge economy? An economist weighs the evidence.
The 2007 midwinter solstice illumination of the main altar tabernacle of Old Mission San Juan Bautista, California.
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At many Spanish missions in the US and Latin America, the rising sun illuminates the altar on the winter solstice or other symbolic days. To the faithful, these events meant that Christ was with them.
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference at the State House in Augusta, Maine.
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What if you could go into a voting booth and rank your first, second and third choices? It could happen in Maine, if voters approve.