We’re so grateful for Julie’s management and work shaping California Right now over the previous 4 years. As we bid her farewell, we requested her to share slightly concerning the expertise.
Do you bear in mind the primary California Right now that you simply edited? What have been the massive tales within the state on the time?
The primary version revealed on Sept. 6, 2016, with a name to readers to inform us concerning the points they cared most about and needed us to cowl. Wildfires, housing and poll measures have been all high of thoughts — points which are nonetheless extraordinarily related right now.
The thought was to listen to from and communicate to readers extra instantly, and to make use of all of the unimaginable experience of our reporters in California to assist preserve them knowledgeable. We additionally needed to spotlight native journalism throughout the state at a time when many retailers have been below risk. My favourite early editions relied loads on our readers, they helped us report out the horrible Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire, shared opinions concerning the midterms and gave us recommendations 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 learn about Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. Mountain climbing is fantastic and the primary mile, in a phenomenal shady forest, ends at a plaque commemorating the positioning of the cabin the place Stevenson honeymooned along with his new spouse, Franny, in 1880.”
— Kathie Fowler, Napa
What do you suppose has modified probably the most concerning the state since then?
Trying 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 a giant a part of a yr targeted on homelessness and the way the conditions in camps in Oakland resemble these within the growing world. The wealth divide has been a constant theme and it appears solely to have gotten starker.
Previously yr, it’s been outstanding to see how Californians have come collectively to battle 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 want to risk losing their house to yet another fire.
As my colleague Adam Nagourney mentioned, “The sense of California exceptionalism — of why would anybody stay anyplace else — is just not as robust because it as soon as was.” And as Conor Dougherty factors out, up to now few years there was a reasonably collective recognition that the present path is unsustainable and we’d like a severe course correction, however as all the time 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 notably wish to preserve studying about, as a Californian your self?