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 a bit of concerning the expertise.
Do you keep in mind the primary California Right now that you simply edited? What have been the large 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 needed us to cowl. Wildfires, housing and poll measures have been all high of thoughts — points which are nonetheless extraordinarily related at present.
The concept was to listen to from and communicate to readers extra straight, and to make use of all of the unimaginable experience of our reporters in California to assist preserve them knowledgeable. We additionally needed to focus on native journalism throughout the state at a time when many retailers have been beneath menace. My favourite early editions relied lots on our readers, they helped us report out the horrible Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fireplace, 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. Climbing is great and the primary mile, in an attractive 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 assume has modified essentially 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 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 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 seems like many issues have solely gotten worse. I do know people who find themselves contemplating transferring as a result of they don’t wish to danger dropping their home to one more fireplace.
As my colleague Adam Nagourney mentioned, “The sense of California exceptionalism — of why would anybody reside wherever else — will not be as sturdy because it as soon as was.” And as Conor Dougherty factors out, previously few years there was a fairly collective recognition that the present path is unsustainable and we want a critical course correction, however as all the time there’s 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?