We’re so grateful for Julie’s management and work shaping California In the present day over the previous 4 years. As we bid her farewell, we requested her to share slightly concerning the expertise.
Do you keep in mind the primary California In the present day that you simply edited? What have been the massive 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 wished us to cowl. Wildfires, housing and poll measures have been all high of thoughts — points which are nonetheless extraordinarily related at this time.
The thought was to listen to from and converse to readers extra straight, and to make use of all of the unbelievable experience of our reporters in California to assist maintain them knowledgeable. We additionally wished to focus on native journalism throughout the state at a time when many retailers have been below menace. My favourite early editions relied quite a bit on our readers, they helped us report out the horrible Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse hearth, shared opinions concerning the midterms and gave us recommendations on the place to seek 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. Mountaineering is fantastic and the primary mile, in a ravishing shady forest, ends at a plaque commemorating the location 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 have been all about wildfires. We spent an enormous 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.
Up to now 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. Nevertheless it additionally seems like many issues have solely gotten worse. I do know people who find themselves contemplating shifting as a result of they don’t wish to danger dropping their home to one more hearth.
As my colleague Adam Nagourney mentioned, “The sense of California exceptionalism — of why would anybody reside anyplace else — just isn’t as sturdy because it as soon as was.” And as Conor Dougherty factors out, prior to now few years there was a reasonably collective recognition that the present path is unsustainable and we’d like a critical course correction, however as at all times 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 significantly wish to maintain studying about, as a Californian your self?