A California Today Farewell – The New York Times
Shortly after I moved to Texas in 2016, someone told me that Dallas is an easy place to live, but a tough place to love. I’ve thought about that description a lot – not so much because of what it says about Dallas (though it’s true), but because it’s an inverted map neatly on the Golden State.
California, with its stunning natural beauty and its infinite diversity, is an easy place to fall in love with. But it can be a tough place to live in.
Every day for the better part of three years, I’ve tried to capture that dichotomy in some small way for the readers of California Today.
I have interviewed artists, activists, historians, scientists, governors, senators and mayors. I talked with the Van Nuys family about what it’s like to be in your car, and the Santa Rosa couple about what it’s like to lose a home to a wildfire, only to have to run away again two years later.
I have occasionally written about earthquakes, droughts, protests, politics (so much politics), policing, museum exhibitions and music in the same newspaper. I asked a Japanese American actor whose face I grew up seeing about Asian representation in Hollywood, and former Gov. Jerry Brown asked about the doomsday clock.
I learned more about the lives of Biddy Mason, Larry Itliong, Dorothea Lange, Bayard Rustin, and Ahn Chang-ho.
And yet, now, as I say goodbye to a job that has probably taken up more mental real estate than it is healthy, what strikes my mind most is the community we’ve built here.
Over the past year and a half, I was fortunate enough to be able to do most of my work from home. Still, the death toll and marking the passage of time by chronicling the lockdown, surprisingly, took an emotional toll.
Hearing from readers—about how you survived, or simply that you found California Today’s information useful—was a source of human connection in a period of intense isolation that moved me.
I also had smart, creative collaborators in The Times newsroom like Sona Patel, Julie Bloom, Mary Tae McDermott and many more, who helped answer our most important questions and ensure that the newsletter arrived in your inbox every morning. .
Of course, pandemics, catastrophic fires and widespread demands for criminal justice reform did not connect Californians to the usual causes. Rather, they shed light on our fundamental divisions and the stubbornness of our greatest problems.
We still have to deal with unsustainable housing costs, which are forcing the same Californians who have put their lives at risk for months to do essential work. We are facing a future marked by extreme heat and smoke-filled skies. Oh, and we have the election of whether or not to remove our governor from office.
But I am hopeful. What I have seen Californians unite, for all our weaknesses and contradictions, is that we never stop trying to bridge the gap between the California Dream and our filthy, mundane reality.
Besides, I’m not going anywhere. I’m still living in Los Angeles, learning about the state and writing for The Times that – in spite of everything – I love the most.
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They felt that the biggest epidemic was behind them. Then came a new wave of cases in the ICU of Providence St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica.
As coronavirus cases rise across the United States, the fight against the pandemic is focused on the estimated 93 million people who are eligible for shots but have chosen not to get them. Who are these people after all? It boils down to about two groups.
A survey of data from 10 states shows that more than a million doses have been wasted since the nation began administering COVID-19 vaccines in December.
According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Millennials are driving the latest coronavirus boom.
Cal Matters reports that low-income Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal are vaccinated at some of the lowest rates in the state.
The US Forest Service, which is responsible for a large portion of California’s land, has allowed wildfires to burn for centuries as a strategy to reduce overgrazing. The Los Angeles Times explains why many state and local agencies disagree with this method and have instead focused on extinguishing the fire quickly.
The Dixie fire is burning 244,888 acres, up 500 acres since Saturday, The Enterprise-Record reports. This is now the 11th largest fire in the state’s history.
A new study, published in the journal Nature Communications, draws on several areas of research to find out how many future lives will be lost as a result of rising temperatures if humanity continues to produce greenhouse gas emissions at high rates. The findings are seriously high.
Two men, Anthony Barajas, who was popular on TikTok, and Reilly Goodrich, were each shot in the head at a theater in Corona, in what the district attorney called an unprovoked attack.
Disney’s new movie “Jungle Cruise,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, hit theaters and Disney+ over the weekend. Disappointing ticket sales suggest that the Delta version may continue to disrupt film screenings.
According to The Del Mar Times, Ready Shell will open Friday at Jacobs Park, after a 13-month delay. The 10,000-person outdoor concert venue will be the new home of the San Diego Symphony, and the rest of the site will be a public park for most of the year.
Read our conversation with Snoop Dogg about how he has transcended his hip-hop roots and become culturally ubiquitous, growing from a shy musician to a multiplatform entrepreneur with many new ventures in the cannabis industry.
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Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from UC Berkeley and has reported throughout the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield, and Los Angeles—but she’s always wanted to see more. follow here or next Twitter.
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