Solar panels could save California. But they hurt the desert

High above the Las Vegas Strip, solar panels blanketed the roof of Mandalay Bay Convention Center — 26,000 of them, rippling across an area larger than 20 football fields. From this vantage point, the sun-dappled Mandalay Bay and Delano hotels dominated the horizon, emerging like comically large golden scepters from the glittering black panels. Snow-tipped … Read more

Are immigrants better off in Texas or California?

SACRAMENTO —  America Ramirez Lomeli, named for the Mexican soccer team, did everything right as an immigrant. Growing up in California’s capital, she excelled in school. She volunteered, racking up more than 2,000 hours of extracurriculars by the time she graduated. She collected toys for the children’s hospital that helped her brother after he fell from … Read more

Analysis of EMS data at California immigration detention facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  An investigation published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. found discrepancies between emergencies at California immigrant detention facilities that were reported to local authorities and those reported publicly by the federal government. The study, led by Dr. Annette Dekker, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at UCLA, analyzed about 1,200 … Read more

California vs. Florida: Why are people moving from one state to the other?

After 15 years in Florida, Valsin Marmillion decided it was time to get out. Marmillion, a longtime campaign strategist, had been working as an adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Florida. He taught global activism and social change communication, discussing hot-button topics such as fake news and the Black Lives Matter movement. After four … Read more

Ahead of Newsom-DeSantis debate, watchdog compares California and Florida free speech

WASHINGTON —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is due to debate California Gov. Gavin Newsom later this week about whose state offers a better model for the country, is leading an “assault on free expression in Florida” that is “almost without peer in recent U.S. history,” a watchdog warned in a pair of reports released Tuesday. … Read more

California vs. Florida: Surprising which handled COVID better

When California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis take the stage Thursday for their much-hyped televised debate, it will be perhaps the starkest visual representation of the divide between the two states. While many social, political and economic factors contribute to that gulf, perhaps no topic better encapsulates the bicoastal conflict than the … Read more

California Senate seat will be on your ballot four times in 2024 election. Here’s why

In 2024, Californians will be asked to vote for a new U.S. Senator. Then they’ll be asked to vote again. And then again. And then again. Voters will see the Senate election twice on the March primary ballot: the regularly scheduled election for the six-year Senate term that begins in 2025, and a special election … Read more

California is home to fewer unauthorized immigrants, report says

WASHINGTON —  The California population of immigrants lacking lawful status decreased by 150,000 between 2017 and 2021, but the state continues to have the highest number — 1.9 million — of unauthorized residents among the states. According to a report published Thursday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, only two states saw an increase in such … Read more

Florida Democrats’ lesson for California: Don’t take Latino support for granted

HIALEAH, Fla. —  Alejandro Rodriguez, a Nicaraguan supporter of former President Trump, wanted to make clear that he opposes open borders. “The way I see it, if I have my door open, anybody can come in and out. Same thing with the borders,” Rodriguez said as he sold hats reading “Latina for Trump” outside a Trump … Read more

Biden and Xi, in California, promise to work to avoid conflict

WASHINGTON —  Breaking a yearlong silence, President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Silicon Valley on Wednesday and vowed to work to prevent tensions between the two superpowers from leading to war. “For two large countries like China and the United States, turning their back on each other is not an option,” Xi told … Read more