Stories from Pete Golis

On his second day in office, Gov. Gavin Newsom traveled to the Sierra foothills to talk about fire prevention. This will be only the first of many conversations, all aimed at confronting two grim realities: One, climate change is real, and two, millions of Californians live in fire-prone areas.
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With our new grandchild as inspiration, we celebrate our blessings and wish again for a world that resolves to be more generous and hopeful.
In the strange and divisive politics of our time, there’s one thing we know for sure: In an otherwise wealthy country, more people are being left behind.
Until last week, the Tubbs fire in Sonoma County was the most disastrous fire in California history. Now, barely a year later, the Camp fire has proven to be even more destructive.
Americans are about to vote in an election in which fear and anger have become the principal forms of motivation.
By most accounts, Jerry Brown has provided a steady hand during his second time around as governor. A state reeling from shortsighted spending decisions and the revenue losses associated with the 2008 recession found new prosperity during the past eight years.
A year ago, few would have worried about the possibility of a catastrophic wildfire sweeping through a suburban neighborhood, but our sensibilities are more tender now. We’ve smelled the smoke and seen the devastation. It was a year ago Tuesday that fires killed 24 people and incinerated 5,200 homes in Sonoma County.
More than any other factor, California’s system of higher education has been the engine that powered the state’s emergence as the fifth largest economy on earth.
Eleven months later, the impacts of the October fires still hurt the heart.