We’re so grateful for Julie’s management and work shaping California Right this moment over the previous 4 years. As we bid her farewell, we requested her to share just a little concerning the expertise.
Do you keep in mind the primary California Right this moment that you simply edited? What have been the massive tales within the state on the time?
The primary version printed on Sept. 6, 2016, with a name to readers to inform us concerning the points they cared most about and wished us to cowl. Wildfires, housing and poll measures have been all high of thoughts — points which might be nonetheless extraordinarily related right this moment.
The concept was to listen to from and communicate to readers extra immediately, and to make use of all of the unimaginable experience of our reporters in California to assist preserve them knowledgeable. We additionally wished to focus on native journalism throughout the state at a time when many retailers have been below risk. My favourite early editions relied lots on our readers, they helped us report out the horrible Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse hearth, shared opinions concerning the midterms and gave us tips on the place to search out hidden gems like this one from a reader in Napa:
“Everybody involves the Napa Valley for the wine. Solely a handful of individuals find out about Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. Mountain climbing is fantastic and the primary mile, in a lovely shady forest, ends at a plaque commemorating the location of the cabin the place Stevenson honeymooned together with his new spouse, Franny, in 1880.”
— Kathie Fowler, Napa
What do you suppose has modified probably the most concerning the state since then?
Wanting again it’s unimaginable to see how a lot hasn’t modified. Our first a number of editions have been all about wildfires. We spent an enormous a part of a 12 months targeted on homelessness and the way the circumstances in camps in Oakland resemble these within the creating world. The wealth divide has been a constant theme and it appears solely to have gotten starker.
Up to now 12 months, it’s been exceptional to see how Californians have come collectively to combat the pandemic and it’s reassuring to see how properly the state is doing now. Nevertheless it additionally appears like many issues have solely gotten worse. I do know people who find themselves contemplating shifting as a result of they don’t need to danger dropping their home to yet one more hearth.
As my colleague Adam Nagourney stated, “The sense of California exceptionalism — of why would anybody dwell wherever else — shouldn’t be as robust because it as soon as was.” And as Conor Dougherty factors out, previously few years there was a reasonably collective recognition that the present path is unsustainable and we want a severe course correction, however as at all times there may be little settlement over precisely what to do.
You’ll nonetheless be serving to to information California protection in your new position, however is there something you significantly need to preserve studying about, as a Californian your self?