We’re so grateful for Julie’s management and work shaping California Immediately over the previous 4 years. As we bid her farewell, we requested her to share somewhat concerning the expertise.

Do you bear in mind the primary California Immediately that you simply edited? What had 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 wished us to cowl. Wildfires, housing and poll measures had been all high of thoughts — points which might be nonetheless extraordinarily related right now.

The concept was to listen to from and communicate to readers extra immediately, and to make use of all of the unbelievable experience of our reporters in California to assist hold them knowledgeable. We additionally wished to focus on native journalism throughout the state at a time when many retailers had been beneath risk. My favourite early editions relied loads on our readers, they helped us report out the horrible Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fireplace, 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. Climbing is fantastic and the primary mile, in a good looking 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 unbelievable to see how a lot hasn’t modified. Our first a number of editions had been all about wildfires. We spent a giant a part of a 12 months targeted on homelessness and the way the situations 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.

Previously 12 months, it’s been exceptional to see how Californians have come collectively to struggle the pandemic and it’s reassuring to see how properly the state is doing now. However it additionally looks 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 stated, “The sense of California exceptionalism — of why would anybody dwell anyplace else — just isn’t 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 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 function, however is there something you notably wish to hold studying about, as a Californian your self?


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