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Postcard of the Napa State Hospital in Napa, Calif., circa 1905. Over 1,900 Californians were recommended for sterilization while patients here. The collection of Alex Wellerstein

Forced sterilization programs in California once harmed thousands – particularly Latinas

About 20,000 Californians were once sterilized under state eugenics laws. New research shows Latinos were disproportionately targeted. Is there any opportunity today to address these wrongs?
California’s 1994 fight over immigration parallels the present-day U.S. AP Photo/Nick Ut

When the next generation looks racially different from the last, political tensions rise

In the 1990s, older Californians struggled to make way for a younger, more diverse generation. Here’s how that 'racial generation gap’ transformed the state – and what it means for the rest of the US.
The White House favors public-private partnerships for widening congested roads and getting other pricey projects done. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Why Trump’s infrastructure ambitions are likely to stall

The $1.5 trillion plan he's proposing would do the most for ventures that don't really need the government's help and ignores some major obstacles to private investment.
Fires break out across San Francisco after the April 18, 1906 earthquake. USGS

California’s other drought: A major earthquake is overdue

According to current forecasts, California has a 93 percent chance of an earthquake with magnitude 7 or greater occurring by 2045. Early warning systems, now in development, could limit casualties and damage.
Suspected infestation of Macrophomina phaseolina, a “novel” soil pathogen, in the non-fumigated buffer zone of a strawberry field. Julie Guthman

Healthy to eat, unhealthy to grow: Strawberries embody the contradictions of California agriculture

California produces 90 percent of the US strawberry crop, but growers face curbs on toxic chemicals that have helped their industry expand. Can a system centered on mass production become more sustainable?
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vows he will fight to protect his state from fallout from the new tax law. AP Photo/Hans Pennink

Why states may get away with creative income tax maneuvers

New York, California and other high-tax states are angling to use the charitable deduction and state payroll taxes as workarounds to shield both their residents and their revenue.
Protesters outside the Supreme Court await a court decision in June 2016. Rena Schild/

Abortion freedom of speech battle heading to the Supreme Court

Under a California law, faith-based crisis pregnancy centers must post signs with information about family planning services. The centers say it violates their First Amendment rights.
Incentives are one way to get more people to buy electric cars. (Pixabay)

How to get more electric vehicles on the road

Despite the hype around electric vehicles, sales in most nations, including Canada, remain stagnant. Policy support in California and Norway have helped boost sales.
Can California update its building codes to minimize fire damage? AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

California fire damage to homes is less ‘random’ than it seems

There are well-understood ways to minimize the risk of fire spreading through housing – if only developers, homeowners and officials took heed.

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