Introducing “In California,” a Golden State roundup of the latest stories you’ll want to read from USA TODAY Network newsrooms across the state. It’s the essence of California, wrapped in an email, brought to you Monday through Friday.

There’s a recently launched newsletter that covers life inside Siskiyou County and the rest of this amazing, important state.

Introducing “In California,” a Golden State roundup of the latest stories you’ll want to read from USA TODAY Network newsrooms across the state. It’s the essence of California, wrapped in an email, brought to you Monday through Friday.

California may not be the center of the world (yes it is) but it matters, and our voices carry. We lead the pack on sustainability, have some of the best farmland anywhere, set the pace on technology, are a global economic force and thrive because people who call it home come from all over the world. 

Oh, and it’s super expensive and many of us work two or three jobs to make it.

I’m Arlene Martínez, your guide to life here, through the news of the day. Most days I write from Ventura County, just up the coast from my hometown near San Diego.

My family immigrated from Mexico to California, a move that gave me lots of educational and work opportunities and allowed me to explore our state’s vast natural beauty. I’m grateful for that and to live in a state I love, even as my dollar stretches less and less.

So what’s inside In California?

Breaking news, investigations and exclusive content, such as residents doing big things and the stories behind stories. I break down policy in a way you can understand and share your perspectives on state and national stories. 

You might not know this, but there are about 100 journalists working in USA TODAY Network newsrooms across California. Our recent merger with Gatehouse expanded our reach.

We’re your neighbors, working hard to tell your stories.

I also include the amazing work done at other media outlets. Some of the content – theirs and ours – is behind a paywall. When it works for you, consider subscribing. 

Now, the only things left to do are to sign up and then let me know what you think – both are free. Reach out anytime at avmartinez@gannett.com or on Twitter @avmartinez. No sunset is too benign, no taco too ordinary.

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Let’s talk soon, en inglés o español. Bienvenidos!

Reach Arlene Martinez at avmartinez@gannett.com or on Twitter @avmartinez.