In the Central Valley, poverty and an OB-GYN shortage put some mothers and children at risk.
A patchwork of regulations is out of sync with the urgency of the climate crisis, experts say.
Residents challenge regulators’ claims that they can’t account for toxic oil and gas emissions in the San Joaquin Valley.
Two years after it began, state regulators have yet to issue any penalties for the spill, which ranks among the largest in state history.
One of the state’s most polluted counties is poised to rubber stamp new oil and gas wells for decades to come—putting its most vulnerable residents at risk.
Two rural communities prepare to wrest more control over protecting their air from pollution.
The Newsom administration has established a pattern of approving permits during busy news cycles.
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Environmentalists and community activists have long lobbied for a statewide ban on fracking. “Given what we know about fracking’s dangers, [banning it] is just a no-brainer,” says one advocate.
Maria Bustillos and Elizabeth Fladung discuss a day spent exploring inequality in Bakersfield, “The India of the U.S.,” and a very interesting person they met along the way.
This podcast is an encore posting from our State of Inequality series.
Maria Bustillos is a journalist and critic living in Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Fladung is a Brooklyn-based, CalArts-trained photojournalist. Her work has appeared in The Nation, La Repubblica, The Fader and Wax Poetics Magazine.