California is deeply Democratic. But will enough blue voters turn out to save Newsom?
California hasn’t had a Republican governor in more than a decade, and it seems easy — especially to residents in its deeply blue coastal cities — to assume the state will remain a Democratic stronghold.Read full story
A state in crisis: SoCal takes measures to combat drought
A bridge over an urban aqueduct of Los Angeles River.Studio 642 / Getty Images. California is running out of water. With fires raging across Northern California and a water supply crisis gripping Southern California, dozens of counties across the state are in a state of drought emergency.Read full story
As school season rolls around, here are the vaccine policies at California's public colleges and universities
As the fall term kicks off at colleges and universities across California, most of the state’s public schools have a plan to ensure a vaccinated campus population. Here’s a rundown of their policies:Read full story
Is L.A.’s new anti-encampment law a band-aid solution to homelessness?
By the end of this month, Los Angeles will begin restricting the presence of unhoused people in the city. The anti-camping ordinance recently signed into law prohibits sitting, sleeping or storing property at a variety of public spaces.Read full story
OC-based picnic startup flourishes as outdoor dining seems here to stay
Elaborate charcuterie boards. Instagrammable picnic setups. Private, do-it-yourself meals underneath the summer sun. Al fresco dining trends exploded last year at the height of the pandemic — and now, as vaccination rates continue to climb, folks are heading back outdoors with a growing appetite for open-air eating.Read full story
20-year-old opens apparel store in Downtown Santa Barbara
Watermelon Apparel founder Athena Wang cuts the grand opening ribbon at the clothing brand's new storefront.Courtesy of Athena Wang. Athena Wang was stuck at home during the height of the pandemic when she noticed the boost in confidence she gained from dressing in oversized sweaters as opposed to the crop tops she would typically wear out. It was a lightbulb moment: in June 2020, she turned her quarantine epiphany into an online fashion brand.Read full story