California’s Climate Change Fight Is Enabling the State to Change Itself

Emissions Metrics Aside, the Golden State Has Accomplished Big Things

California’s fight against climate change isn’t doing all that much to slow climate change. But the fight should be considered a success anyway.

While California reached its 2020 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels with ease, it is lagging badly in meeting its next target—of slashing emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030—and that has made California’s climate change regime a target. Environmental scientists and climate-focused policymakers criticize the state’s lack of progress in meeting such targets; conservatives and climate denialists say this failure demonstrates …

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Revisiting California’s Battle of Hastings

The 2005 Sacking of the Netflix CEO as State Education Board Chief Looks Different Now

After long days supervising my children in their struggles with the miseries of distance learning and hybrid school, I try to relax by watching Netflix. As I do, I often …

Los Angeles Is Failing California | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Los Angeles Is Failing California

The County's Pandemic Failures Point to L.A.'s Long-Term Problems, and the Statewide—And National—Urgency of Fixing Them

California has a huge problem that it can’t remove with a recall election.

The problem’s name is Los Angeles.

We Californians love to blame our woes on San Francisco, an easy target …

An Open Letter to California’s Future Queen | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

An Open Letter to California’s Future Queen

How Meghan and Harry's Expected Daughter Could Inspire a New Royal Dynasty—And a Golden State Rebirth

To Your Unborn Royal Majesty,

Please forgive me for the protocol breach of writing you in utero.

But after watching your parents—Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex—tell their …

California Needs Ethnic Studies—And the Controversies That Surround It | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

California Needs Ethnic Studies—And the Controversies That Surround It

The ‘Quintessentially Californian’ Discipline Deserves to Be Taught to All Kids in the Golden State

Almost everyone dislikes the state’s model curriculum for ethnic studies, even its authors. Which is precisely why California should adopt it now.

Anything that California’s usually apathetic adults can argue passionately …