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California Homeowners Pay 21.9% More Than Renters, 6th Most In U.S.

California Homeowners Pay 21.9% More Than Renters, 6th Most In U.S.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit America and sent people fleeing from small apartments in the biggest cities, it immediately propelled rent and home prices in opposite directions. However, despite quickly escalating home prices, there are still many places across the country where the typical monthly mortgage payment is on par or below market rent, offering […]

California Is the 3rd Worst State To Mine Crypto

California Is the 3rd Worst State To Mine Crypto

Cryptocurrency (or “crypto”) refers to digital currencies that can be used to buy regular goods and services. But instead of relying on paper money or banks to complete transactions, cryptocurrencies make use of a decentralized online ledger to verify transactions. Cryptocurrencies can be bought through exchanges using traditional currencies or they can be earned through […]

California Residents Have 6th Most Credit Card Debt in U.S.

California Residents Have 6th Most Credit Card Debt in U.S.

By Mike LaFirenza Credit card debt in the U.S. had been on the rise for eight straight years until the COVID-19 lockdowns and subsequent relief efforts suddenly reversed the trend. The combination of a severe slowdown in consumer spending, a suspension of student loan payments, moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures, multiple stimulus checks, and advanced payments […]

California’s Economy Is 20th Most Dependent On Agriculture

California’s Economy Is 20th Most Dependent On Agriculture

The past few years have been challenging ones for the agriculture industry. The threat of global climate change has continued to produce warmer temperatures and more extreme weather events that threaten crops and livestock, and this summer, the U.S. is currently experiencing serious drought in some of its key agricultural regions in California, the upper […]

California Produces 6th Most Wind Energy

California Produces 6th Most Wind Energy

“Meteoric” is one way to describe wind energy’s rise to the top of America’s renewable energy industry. Amid repeated calls from scientists and activists to undertake measures to curb global warming, lawmakers, politicians, and the energy industry have responded. Foremost in that effort is the call for carbon-free energy production via alternative energy sources like […]

California Residents Pay 15th Lowest Electric Bills

California Residents Pay 15th Lowest Electric Bills

Summer brings with it two certainties: rising temperatures and rising electric bills. In 2020, renters and homeowners spent more time in their residences amid pandemic closures and companies shifting to work-from-home models. Homes and apartments that were previously dormant during work hours were suddenly filled with people working and kids attending online school. Amid this […]

81.1% of California Energy Is Derived From Fossil Fuels

81.1% of California Energy Is Derived From Fossil Fuels

By Mike LaFirenza With the effects of global climate change becoming increasingly apparent, policymakers across the U.S. are moving to reduce the nation’s reliance on carbon-based fossil fuels. At the beginning of his term, President Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Accord, and in April, the Biden Administration announced aggressive new greenhouse gas reduction goals, […]

California Is The 6th Most Dangerous State For Cyclists

California Is The 6th Most Dangerous State For Cyclists

While cycling has grown in popularity in recent years, it has especially boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic as people moved to the outdoors to exercise and looked for alternatives to public transportation. At the same time, cycling has become more dangerous—according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cycling traffic fatalities increased by 35% from […]

California Has 2nd Largest Renter Wage Gap

California Has 2nd Largest Renter Wage Gap

By Mike LaFirenza The expiration of the CDC’s national eviction moratorium on July 31 brought new attention to how the pandemic has put pressure on the housing market. With the expiration of the moratorium, millions of renters now face the possibility of eviction from overdue rent payments, after being protected from displacement for more than […]

California Is Producing The Most Solar Energy In The U.S.

California Is Producing The Most Solar Energy In The U.S.

In the first few months of his administration, one of President Joe Biden’s top policy priorities has been addressing the threat of climate change—while also improving infrastructure and creating jobs to generate economic growth. Biden has stated a goal of reaching 100% pollution-free electricity by 2035, which means dramatically scaling up renewable energy production in […]