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Rachael Myrow

Rachael Myrow hosts the California Report for KQED. Over 17 years in public radio, she's worked for Marketplace and KPCC, filed for NPR and The World, and developed a sizable tea collection that's become the envy of the KQED newsroom. She specializes in politics, economics and history in California - but for emotional balance, she also covers food and its relationship to health and happiness.

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Silicon Valley Spends Big Bucks Lobbying in Washington, D.C.

April 2, 2014 | 5:00 am

Silicon Valley Spends Big Bucks Lobbying in Washington, D.C.

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Big Tech is fourth now, right behind Big Health, Big Insurance, and Big Oil and Gas.

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Stockton’s Little Manila: the Heart of Filipino California

September 2, 2013 | 5:00 am

Stockton’s Little Manila: the Heart of Filipino California

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In the 1920s and 30s, downtown Stockton was home to “Little Manila,” the heart of Filipino America.

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Once a Mighty Bay Bridge Span, Soon Just a Nifty T-Shirt

August 28, 2013 | 10:58 am

Once a Mighty Bay Bridge Span, Soon Just a Nifty T-Shirt

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Are you ready, Bay Area? Ye Olde East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is about to be retired. “Rest in pieces!” said KPIX reporter Elizabeth Cook in a recent report. Whatever you think of the new span — its design, how much it cost to build, the contentious politics that delayed construction — […]

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Will Locals Keep Paying for State Parks They Saved?

May 22, 2013 | 5:50 am

Will Locals Keep Paying for State Parks They Saved?

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Two years ago this month, the California Department of Parks & Recreation announced a list of 70 parks it planned to close. Park lovers rallied, giving their time and money to pick up the parks the state was willing to drop off. There is no closure list now, and the department is under new management, […]

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Calif. Firefighters Rue Budget Cuts as Wildfire Season Heats Up

May 6, 2013 | 5:55 am

Calif. Firefighters Rue Budget Cuts as Wildfire Season Heats Up

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When wildfires blow up, and especially when more than one is raging at the same time, the calls go out to everybody with firefighting resources. It happens every year, more or less often depending on the weather. This year, though, our collective ability to fend off fiery Armageddon is hampered by a hoary beast that […]

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The Hunt Is on for Psychiatric Patients Allegedly ‘Dumped’ in California By Nevada Hospital

April 24, 2013 | 10:02 am

The Hunt Is on for Psychiatric Patients Allegedly ‘Dumped’ in California By Nevada Hospital

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It’s too soon to say whether the story of James Flavy Coy Brown is an anomaly, as Nevada regulators claim, or if budget-stressed mental health service professionals are “dumping” disoriented, mentally ill people on the rest of the nation. If one thing is certain, it’s that a lot of people are now actively engaged in answering […]

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Tussle in Tracy: Off-Roaders, Nature Lovers Fight over State Park’s Future

April 11, 2013 | 5:00 am

Tussle in Tracy: Off-Roaders, Nature Lovers Fight over State Park’s Future

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We’ve heard a lot over the last couple of years about all the money troubles the California state parks have been having—but not all state parks are starved for cash. Eight “off-highway vehicle parks” get a steady stream of gas-tax funds guaranteed by state law. These parks are a different breed from the rest. They’re even run by a separate division within the Department of Parks and Recreation. And in many ways, off-roaders struggle with Californians who have a very different idea of what a park should be.

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When California Was an Island

April 1, 2013 | 5:00 am

When California Was an Island

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To some, it seems a mere technicality that California is attached to the rest of North America. It’s not just a fantasy held by liberals keen to disengage from national politics, or by conservative pundits keen to dismiss our inexplicably robust performance in culture and business. The idea of California as separate, special, has been […]

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Mortgage Fraud in California a Game of Whac-A-Mole for Law Enforcement

February 27, 2013 | 10:51 am

Mortgage Fraud in California a Game of Whac-A-Mole for Law Enforcement

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In one widely publicized case, the owner spread possum urine around the house, turned up the heat and closed all the windows for a few days. Why?

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Deal Will Keep China Camp, Olompali, Tomales Bay State Parks Running

February 15, 2013 | 12:31 pm

Deal Will Keep China Camp, Olompali, Tomales Bay State Parks Running

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China Camp Village lovers will be celebrating Saturday as the California Department of Parks & Recreation officially signs a new agreement that keeps the park running. And Olompali State Historic Park near Novato. And Tomales Bay State Park, too. Now for the back story. The Marin State Parks Association, Friends of China Camp, and a […]

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