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Having a job (or 2, or 3) doesn't mean you can afford to live in California

Amita Sharma
| Chad Bordes is 46 and has an MBA. But between high rents and student loan debt, he's struggling.

How California car culture killed the 20-minute commute

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California went big on freeways during the postwar years, but the days of easy driving and the lifestyle it enabled didn't last long.

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What we hate and what we love about California driving

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Driving in California was once joy-inducing. Look no further than The Beach Boys or The Doobie Brothers.

Farm work is still a path to the California dream

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The flow of migrants from Mexico has slowed dramatically in recent years, but many immigrants see farm work as a stepping stone to a better life.

Students rejected from a UC or CSU are leaving California in droves — and may not return

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The University of California and Cal State are both struggling to find space for qualified residents at overcrowded campuses, and tens of thousands of eligible students will be turned away.

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Hey, UC grads: Could you get into your alma mater today?

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UC promises a space for top California students--but many are unable to get into their schools of choice. We take a look at the ever-toughening standards at UCLA.

How California went from anti-immigration to ‘sanctuary state’

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The current debate over the state's immigration policies recalls the bitter battles fought two decades ago, over Proposition 187.

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How California’s gold rush forged the path for today's tech innovators

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The California Gold Rush redefined how Americans saw failure and success. Today, the state’s economy still benefits from entrepreneurs eager to take big chances.

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