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New Laws Address Water Affordability and Wildfire Risks

By Henry McCann, Gokce Sencan

The pandemic and recession forced tough decisions in Sacramento this year. Despite challenging circumstances, several high-priority bills covering safe drinking water and wildfire risk reduction were enacted.

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How Much Do California Cities Spend on Policing?

By Brandon Martin, Alexandria Gumbs

On a per resident basis, cities’ spending on policing ranges from less than $100 to several thousand dollars, with the vast majority spending between $150 and $450.

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Two in Three Californians Support Black Lives Matter

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman, Rachel Lawler

A strong majority supports the Black Lives Matter movement, and most Californians view the criminal justice system as biased against African Americans.

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Prison Admissions Resume as COVID-19 Spreads

By Heather Harris

California has resumed prison admissions after an eight-week moratorium, a change that – if it leads to increased crowding -- could put the prison population at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19.

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How Will COVID-19 Affect Arrests in California?

By Alexandria Gumbs, Joseph Hayes

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting various law enforcement practices, even as arrest rates in the state are at their lowest in decades.

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Coping with COVID-19 in California’s Cities

By Lori Pottinger

California’s cities have taken bold actions to manage coronavirus. We talked to Carolyn Coleman of the League of California Cities about challenges the pandemic is bringing to cities large and small.



The coronavirus outbreak poses a tremendous challenge to California, the nation, and the global community. PPIC’s analyses examine the impacts of COVID-19 and how policy choices and other actions can help address them.

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