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California Counts

California Counts is a collaboration of KPBS, KPCC, KQED and Capital Public Radio to report on the 2016 election. The coverage focuses on major issues and solicits diverse voices on what's important to the future of California.

Voters Will Decide The Fate Of Plastic Bags In California

Voters Will Decide The Fate Of Plastic Bags In California

Oct. 28
Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

With Propositions 65 and 67 on the November ballot, the plastic industry has one last chance to keep its product in the nation’s largest market.

Proposition 61 Gives California Mandate To Lower Drug Prices, Not T...

Proposition 61 Gives California Mandate To Lower Drug Prices, Not Tools

Oct. 31
Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

Experts question whether the state could implement the law and if it couldn't, what the consequences would be.

Trump's Claims Of 'Rigged' Election Put His Supporters, Voting Righ...

Trump's Claims Of 'Rigged' Election Put His Supporters, Voting Rights Groups On Alert

Oct. 28
Mary Plummer / KPCC

Despite assurances from California election officials, some Trump backers plan to monitor the polls on Election Day. Meanwhile, nonpartisan volunteers plan to be on the lookout for intimidation or harassment.

PolitiFact California: DCCC Makes False Claim About Denham's Role I...

PolitiFact California: DCCC Makes False Claim About Denham's Role In Trump Hotel Deal

Oct. 28
By Chris Nichols / Capital Public Radio

A new TV ad by a Democratic campaign committee describes Rep. Jeff Denham of California as Donald Trump’s "Man in Washington D.C."

Proposition 59 Gives Voters A Voice In The Campaign Finance Debate,...

Proposition 59 Gives Voters A Voice In The Campaign Finance Debate, But Little Else

Oct. 27
Mary Plummer / KPCC

If approved, California's elected officials would be instructed to try to overturn Citizens United. But because the measure is advisory, they're not legally mandated to follow voters' wishes.

Cities Prepare To Take The Driver’s Seat In Marijuana Trade

Cities Prepare To Take The Driver’s Seat In Marijuana Trade

Oct. 26
Katie Orr / KQED

Proposition 64 would give local governments a lot of control over recreational marijuana. Already, cities are taking very different approaches on how to proceed if the measure passes.

Explaining Proposition 64: How California Would Legalize Marijuana

Explaining Proposition 64: How California Would Legalize Marijuana

Oct. 24
By Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

There are so many questions about California’s November ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana that it’s easy to overlook the most basic question of all: What would the initiative actually do?

Proposition 52: Critical For Medi-Cal Or Perks For Hospital Execs?

Proposition 52: Critical For Medi-Cal Or Perks For Hospital Execs?

Oct. 24
By Kenny Goldberg

There are plenty of controversial propositions on the November ballot. Proposition 52 isn't one of them.

Proposition 51 Pits School Needs Against Worries Over State Debt

Proposition 51 Pits School Needs Against Worries Over State Debt

Oct. 21
Mary Plummer / KPCC

The bond measure that would raise billions for school construction has developers lined up against opponents, including Gov. Jerry Brown.

Mexico's Demand For Potent California Marijuana Creates Southbound ...

Mexico's Demand For Potent California Marijuana Creates Southbound Smuggling

Oct. 21
By Jean Guerrero

Marijuana has long flowed from Mexico into the U.S. Now, it's starting to flow in the opposite direction.

Ballot Measure Seeks To Regulate Ammunition Sales, Take Guns From F...

Ballot Measure Seeks To Regulate Ammunition Sales, Take Guns From Felons

Oct. 19
Marisa Lagos / KQED

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's Proposition 63 seeks tougher gun laws, including the regulation of ammunition.

Proposition 53 Aims To Give Voters Say On Big Projects

Proposition 53 Aims To Give Voters Say On Big Projects

Oct. 14
Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

The measure's outcome at the polls could throw a roadblock in front of California's plans to build a high-speed rail system or its biggest water project in decades.

Proposition 55 May Be Good Politics, But Is It Good Policy?

Proposition 55 May Be Good Politics, But Is It Good Policy?

Oct. 13
By Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Should rich Californians pay higher state income taxes to fund schools, health care and other programs? Voters said yes four years ago. Now, with the budget healthier, the question is whether to extend taxes that supporters vowed would be temporary.

Proposition 54 Would Bring New Transparency Rules To The Legislature

Proposition 54 Would Bring New Transparency Rules To The Legislature

Oct. 12
Katie Orr / KQED

The ballot measure would require bills to be in print for three days before being passed, but it would also allow public recordings of meetings.

Jerry Brown Pushes Earlier Release of Felons Under Proposition 57

Jerry Brown Pushes Earlier Release of Felons Under Proposition 57

Oct. 10
Marisa Lagos / KQED

When Gov. Brown signed Senate Bill 42 in 1976, he said it would provide “certain, clear punishment for crime.” Forty years later, he believes that signing the law was a mistake — and he’s asking voters to approve a measure that would move California back toward the system it abandoned.