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California, explained
This is what they call a nail-biter, folks.
With Democrats managing to hang on to control of the U.S. Senate following votes tallied this weekend, all eyes have shifted to the U.S. House — and to California, which could end up determining the balance of power in Congress and the political direction of the country.
With 218 House seats needed for a majority, Republicans had secured 212 and Democrats 204 as of Sunday, according to the Associated Press. But 19 races remained too close to call — including 12 in California.
In three Golden State contests, the candidates were within 3 percentage points of each other as of Sunday night, CalMatters’ live results tracker shows. Other gaps weren’t much larger: In the Central Valley, for example, Republican Rep. David Valadao was about 5 percentage points ahead of his Democratic challenger, Assemblymember Rudy Salas.
The three closest races include:
Although the Democratic Party’s unexpectedly strong national showing suggests predictions of a Republican “red wave” were largely overblown, the party is unlikely to flip some GOP-held California congressional seats if current ballot trends persist, Nate Cohn, the New York Times’ chief political analyst, tweeted Saturday.
Regardless of which party ends up in control of the House, a Californian is in line to take the helm: either current Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat, or Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a Bakersfield Republican.
The election may also pose a conundrum for Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose path to higher office could be stymied by results seemingly contradicting his repeated assertion that the Democratic Party is getting “crushed on narrative,” argues Wall Street Journal columnist James Freeman.
Your guide to the 2022 general election in California
Here’s a quick rundown of other California election updates:
Although ballots are still being tallied in some of California’s most competitive legislative races, it appears that voters elected record numbers of women and LGBTQ people to the state Assembly and Senate — a milestone that could also translate to different policies coming out of Sacramento, CalMatters’ Ariel Gans and Sameea Kamal report. California is heading toward at least 43 female lawmakers out of 120 — a record — and could elect as many as 52. Meanwhile, eight openly LGBTQ candidates are winning their races — putting California on track to be the first state to achieve proportional LBGTQ legislative representation — and as many as 14 could be elected.
Latest coverage of the 2022 general election in California
Welcome to “Strikesgiving,” round two: At least three strikes are set to take place across California in the next week as burned-out and frustrated workers hit the picket line:
An early surge of flu and other respiratory illnesses has forced some San Diego hospitals to begin setting up overflow tents in their parking lots to deal with the influx of patients — a scene reminiscent of those at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health officials say the mounting stress on hospitals and clinics — especially those treating kids — is the latest indication that California could face a “tripledemic” this winter of flu, COVID and respiratory syntactical virus, a common cause of pneumonia in infants. Although there isn’t a vaccine for RSV, health experts are urging eligible residents to get updated flu and COVID shots as soon as possible.
Although California’s overall coronavirus picture remains positive, cases and hospitalizations are beginning to tick up in some regions, including Los Angeles County. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said her office will return to strongly recommending face masks if current trends continue, the Los Angeles Times reports.
CalMatters columnist Dan Walters: Nearly three years after Newsom promised to aggressively work on California’s homelessness crisis, he’s once again placing it atop his agenda.
How Albertsons-Kroger merger could hurt California’s economy: If regulators don’t intervene, the deal will trigger grocery store closures, job losses and potentially more cost increases for consumers, argue Daniel Flaming, president of the Economic Roundtable, and Judy Wood, a cake decorator at Albertsons.
Four states just banned involuntary servitude in their constitutions. Will California try again? // Sacramento Bee
Villanueva could do what decades of police reformers could not: Place limits on L.A. County sheriff. // Los Angeles Times
Investigation launched into dozen Santa Clara County ballots found discarded in mountain ravine. // Mercury News
Did San Jose spend its homelessness funding wisely? A state legislator wants to check. // Mercury News
County’s housing voucher program for the homeless comes under scrutiny. // San Diego Union-Tribune
San Francisco and the U.S. were solving veteran homelessness until Trump. Can the promise be restored? // San Francisco Chronicle
S.F. just unveiled its last attempt to prove it can build 82,000 homes by 2031. // San Francisco Standard
FTX bankruptcy hits Bay Area venture capital firms — and the Warriors, Steph Curry and UC Berkeley. // San Francisco Chronicle
Disney details plans for cost cuts, layoffs and hiring freeze in memo. // Wall Street Journal
Why are Marines working unpaid shifts as security guards at California concerts? // San Francisco Standard
Capt. Hollywood: The ex-LAPD boss who tipped off CBS to Moonves assault claim. // Los Angeles Times
Prosecutors in these states can review sentences they deem extreme. Few do. // The Marshall Project
Oakland grand jury indicts former U.S. lobbyist for deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, alleging money laundering. // San Francisco Chronicle
Meet the California tech CEO spending millions to stop Elon Musk. // Washington Post
Is California on its way to banning rodeos? Behind the growing movement to buck the event. // Los Angeles Times
Eureka ran its Chinese residents out. Now it reckons with its past. // Los Angeles Times
Remaking the river that remade Los Angeles. // New York Times Magazine
The fight for California’s other iconic forest: kelp. // Press Democrat
Kanaye Nagasawa: The samurai who forever changed California. // BBC

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