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Ten to Remember: How We Covered 2017

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Perhaps no year in living memory presented greater challenges and opportunities to the press than 2017, and Capital & Main was no exception. In response to the Trump presidency, we expanded our coverage well beyond California, while continuing to investigate the fault lines that undergird the nation’s most populous state. We also deepened our reporting on immigration, hate and white nationalism and climate change – issues that will define the Trump era. And we began a long-term commitment to examining business and social responsibility.

Here are 10 series and stories from 2017 that offer a window into how Capital & Main made sense of an extraordinary year in the history of our nation and state.

  1. Investigating Labor Secretary Nominee Andrew Puzder’s Fast Food Empire
  2. The Golden State of Hate: California and White Nationalism in the Age of Trump
  3. Charge Time: Electric Car Workers Accuse Tesla of Low Pay and Intimidation
  4. Fire and ICE: Inside California’s Fight Against the Trump Immigration Crackdown
  5. The Bottom Line, a podcast on business and society.
  6. Promise Breakers: How Regulators Failed to Stop a Sacramento Lead Hazard
  7. Can Unions — and the American Middle Class — Survive the Supreme Court’s Janus Decision?
  8. Can California Ban Fracking?
  9. Trouble in Eden: A Divided Marin County Community Gets a New Charter School
  10. Deadly Detention: Why Are Immigrants Dying in ICE Custody?

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L.A. Teachers Strike Diary: Day Five

Teacher Laura Palacios reflects on the strike during Friday’s Grand Park rally.

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L.A. Teachers Strike Diary: Day Four

Laura Palacios and other teachers take a break from the rain to have lunch, then return to the picket line.

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L.A. Teachers Strike Diary: Day Three

The rain and the strike drag on for teacher Laura Palacios, who balances family duties with picket line vigils.

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L.A. Teachers Strike Diary: Day Two

Los Angeles teacher Laura Palacios confronts the second day of a citywide strike with coffee, doughnuts and a sore throat.

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L.A. Teachers Strike Diary: Day One

Laura Palacios is a Los Angeles public school teacher married to another teacher. Today the mother of two joined 33,000 other union members in the first L.A. teachers walkout since 1989. This week Capital & Main will follow Palacios during the strike.

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Politics & Government

Video: Police Killings Rise Nationally

According to the Washington Post ‘s “Fatal Force” report, 995 people were shot dead by police officers in 2018.

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Epicenters of Refuge

Video: Who Patrols the Border Patrol?

This month U.S. Border Patrol agents met 200 peaceful, interfaith demonstrators with military-style M4 rifles and tear gas launchers.

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Immigration

Central American Caravan: Militia Members Head for the Border

U.S. soldiers are not the only ones heading to the border in advance of the migrant caravan. Armed civilian militias have joined a call to deploy their members.

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The Golden State of Hate

Video: California’s Anti-Jewish Hate Crimes Are Rising

California continues to lead the nation with the largest concentration of hate groups. A recent Anti-Defamation League report claims the state experienced 268 anti-Semitic incidents in 2017.

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Labor & Economy

Video: Rising Rents Force a Choice Between Eating or Shelter

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 15 million American households experienced food insecurity at some point in 2017.

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