"Solar trees," which suspend solar panels over parking spaces in San Diego, collect electricity. Generating solar power like this is just one rung on a ladder the city will have to climb to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Clare Trageser /KPBS hide caption

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This photo taken Nov. 3, 2015, shows SoCalGas crews and technical experts attempting to safely stop the flow of natural gas leaking from a storage well at the utility's Aliso Canyon facility in Los Angeles. Efforts to plug the well appear to have destabilized it, the Los Angeles Times reports. Javier Mendoza/AP hide caption

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Demonstrators march through the streets of Winston-Salem, N.C., in July 2015, after the beginning of a federal voting rights trial challenging a 2013 state law. The most controversial part of that law — requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls — goes into effect this week, although its language was softened slightly last summer. Chuck Burton/AP hide caption

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A SolarCity employee installs a solar panel on the roof of a home in Los Angeles in 2014. California's utilities want to pay new solar customers less for their extra electricity and to add new monthly fees. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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After years fighting a heroin addiction, Danny Montgomery, 33, is receiving inpatient treatment that is being paid for by Los Angeles County. Anna Gorman/KHN hide caption

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Nasya Fair and her son Korbyn, 4, look at a growing memorial for the Colorado Springs, Colo., shooting victims. Colorado and California are the latest states at the center of the gun control debate. Brent Lewis/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Palone, 26, who has mild autism, originally diagnosed as Asperger's syndrome, is paid to assemble packages through a program run by The Arc in Union City, Calif. The program may close soon due to budget problems. Melissa Hellmann for KQED hide caption

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A building called Sustainability Base, at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., has an energy-efficient design that allows in sunlight. So for most of the year, the interior is illuminated by natural light. Dominic Hart/NASA hide caption

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Gov. Jerry Brown (left) meets with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in San Jose, Calif., on Sept. 27. Brown has been brokering his own international agreement on climate change. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Women can get a free pregnancy test and a free ultrasound at the clinic, as well as counseling regarding three options — parenting, adoption and abortion. The clinic will not refer clients for abortions. Becky Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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A slew of Yelp reviewers said they got sick after eating at Mariscos San Juan #3 restaurant in San Jose, Calif. The county health department quickly closed the restaurant and identified an outbreak involving more than 80 cases of food poisoning. Courtesy of Giovanna Rojas hide caption

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Destroyed homes and vehicles scorched by the Valley Fire line Jefferson Street in Middletown, Calif. Nearly half the community was destroyed. Noah Berger/AP hide caption

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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the state's "motor voter" law in hopes of boosting turnout in future elections. The state had 42 percent turnout in the 2014 midterms, a record low. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP hide caption

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Checker Brittney Bounds bags groceries Tuesday in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signed an equal pay measure that lets female employees challenge pay discrimination based on the wages a company pays to male employees who do similar work. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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