In August 2017, families with children who have a rare genetic mutation gathered with scientists at a hotel in suburban Washington, DC, at the invitation of Sacramento lobbyist Joe Lang, whose daughter Jordan has the disorder. Will and Lisa McCarty of Fresno came with their son, Liam. The mutation is on a gene known as PPP2R5D.
Josh Newman wasn't supposed to win a Southern California senate seat. But he did, giving Democrats a supermajority. Republicans are seizing an opportunity to take back the seat by launching a recall. Politics, says Newman, is a mean business.
Miles Cooley was in foster care as a kid and survived with the help of a few adults. Now, he is a Los Angeles lawyer to celebrities, but returns to Sacramento to advocate for kids who are where he once was.
Caleb Sears was 6 when he died during oral surgery. His aunt, Anna Kaplan, has helped lead the family's effort to change the law to protect other kids. His grandmother, Ann Bentley, has joined in, too. A powerful lobby has stood in the family's way.
Sue Wilson from Fiddletown won a victory over Sacramento radio station 107.9 The End. Where there once was commercial pop music, hooting deejays and stupid radio stunts, there’s now static. In January 2007, Jennifer Strange, a 28-year-old mother of three and a regular listener to 107.9-KDND, The End, entered a contest called “Hold your wee for a Wii,” the Nintendo gaming console that was all rage at the time. The person who gulped the most water without having to urinate would win. Strange fell into a coma and died later that afternoon.
Trump California campaign manager Tim Clark, in his suite at the Kalahari in Sandusky, Ohio, vows that Donald Trump will compete in California in November, though Trump trails badly in the polls to Hillary Clinton.
Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles, grew up in Sacramento, the son of Mexican immigrants. He was in Sacramento visiting them in June 2016 and stopped by the Ambrosia coffee shop, where he discussed Donald Trump's attack on U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, also the son of Mexican immigrants. It struck close to home.