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Stories from Pete Golis

What makes for a livable city? How does my hometown stack-up against the towns where good things are happening?
In Donald Trump’s America, people keep hoping for the day that California falls on its face. The state’s support of immigrants, its dedication to environmental protection, its embrace of free trade, its belief in its own importance on the world stage — folks in places such as Kansas and Alabama can cite chapter and verse about what they don’t like about those snotty Californians.
What we found was a diversity of landscape and people that will make you proud of your country — and then worry about its capacity to bridge its differences.
In this 50th anniversary year, some may be getting tired of reading about 1968, but for baby boomers, it remains the year in which the country seemed to lose its way.
Americans learned last week that they may be disappointed if they expect politicians to protect consumer privacy and slow the spread of fake news.
I want to write today about how thankful we should be that hometown people are willing to sign up for public service jobs. In the aftermath of the October fires, these positions involve long hours, complicated and unfamiliar issues and trying every day to help people who are living through a nightmare.
In a long overdue move, the Santa Rosa City Council is expected to adopt a map showing seven council districts, paving way for equal representation.
For a long time, it was inconvenient to talk about the impacts of California’s anti-housing policies. Groups that opposed new home construction tried not to think about a generation of young people who couldn’t afford a place to live, or about the working poor living in cars, alleyways or apartments riddled with mold.
Generations of Californians, Democrats and Republicans, have dedicated themselves to the protection of this coastline, and now an unpopular president would give it all away.
Like many Americans, Donald Trump’s supporters are fed up with the anemic state of the two political parties and with politicians who spend their days pretending to do something. Trump supporters like it when their man dumps on political norms and the people who practice them. Still, it can’t always be easy being a Trump supporter.