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SGMA Could Bolster Habitat Restoration in the San Joaquin Valley

By Ellen Hanak, Caitlin Peterson, Abigail Hart

As growers prepare to bring land out of production in the San Joaquin Valley, we’re exploring a variety of ways to manage that newly-fallowed farmland. This week, we look at a promising potential use: transforming formerly irrigated land into habitat.

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Standing at the Cusp: The Klamath River Edges Closer to Dam Removals

By Sarah Bardeen

After decades of negotiations, the decommissioning of four dams on the Klamath River is finally in sight, but hurdles remain. We spoke with Mark Bransom, CEO of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, to learn how he’s working to get the dam removal across the finish line—and what it will mean for river communities.

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Understanding the Geography of California’s Final Redistricting Maps

By Eric McGhee, Jennifer Paluch

California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission recently approved final political districts for the state. How well do these new districts align with the commission’s key geographic goals, such as keeping existing jurisdictions intact?

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Water in 2021: Looking Back on a Year of Extremes

By Ellen Hanak

In California, 2021 was the year that climate change hit home. We look back at this year of extremes—and examine how our nonpartisan data and analysis informed conversations about how to address the tough water issues facing the state.

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Video: Seizing the Drought

By Sarah Bardeen

Californians know that climate change is here—and we’re feeling its effects nowhere more than in our water system. Last week, during our fall conference, we convened three days of expert panels. Scientists, policymakers, growers, water managers, and restoration advocates laid out a compelling vision of how to prepare our water system for the changes that are already underway.


Seizing the Drought: Water Priorities for Our Changing Climate

The PPIC Water Policy Center will convene a diverse group of experts to discuss how to tackle the highly disruptive effects of climate change on our water system. It’s clear that we must step up our game to cope with the increasingly severe, warm droughts that are coming our way. This year’s conference will identify immediate actions we can take to boost the state’s resilience.

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Uncertain Fate Awaits Prison Worker Vaccine Mandate

By Heather Harris, Joseph Hayes

As the battle over mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for prison workers unfolds, the well-being of prisoners, prison staff, and their communities hangs in the balance.


Police Use of Force and Misconduct in California

By Deepak Premkumar, Alexandria Gumbs, Shannon McConville, Renee Hsia

Nearly 200 Californians die each year in police encounters. Amid growing concern over civilian deaths and racial injustice, we examine what the existing data can—and cannot—tell us about police use of force and misconduct. We also offer recommendations for strengthening the state’s ongoing efforts to improve police transparency and accountability.

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