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Access for All: An Interactive Report on Challenges to Coastal Access

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Access to the coast is a right guaranteed to all Californians by the 1976 Coastal Act, and violations of that right by private landowners often make the news. But there's more to guaranteeing coastal access than keeping beach paths and stairwells open. Rising costs put beach visits increasingly out of reach for many of us in the Golden State.

As part of a study by UCLA's Institute of the Environment and San Francisco State University, the Greeninfo Network has crafted this interactive guide to Californians and their coast, using data from surveys, social media, and state agencies. Explore and find how your fellow Californians are using our beaches — and learn where you can find a beach to explore near you.

(See our coverage of the study.)

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A oil pump jack pumps crude oil near homes in the Signal Hill neighborhood of L.A.

Los Angeles Takes Major Step Toward Banning New Oil, Gas Drilling In City

A year after the L.A. Board of Supervisors voted to ban new oil and gas wells in the city, the City Council approved a plan to prohibit new wells while beginning to phase out existing ones.
 The California State Capitol Building stands in Sacramento, CA. Trees dress both sides of its entrance, and a flag waves above.

Single-Payer Health Care Clears Big Hurdle in California

A California single payer healthcare bill advanced out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, but a bigger vote could be next week.
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What COVID Shows Us About the Need for Home Care

Dr. Rachael King, a scholar of the eighteenth century, draws on experiences with COVID and her research into eighteenth century Quakers to show how support for disabled people needs to include home caregiving.