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Melody Gutierrez

Melody Gutierrez covers state government and politics in Sacramento for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she covered politics for the San Francisco Chronicle and the state Legislature, education and sports for the Sacramento Bee. Her first reporting job was for the newspaper in her hometown of Twentynine Palms while she was in high school. She graduated from Chico State. With an emphasis on watchdog reporting, she has written award-winning stories on wasteful spending, pension spiking, rape kit backlogs and failures in the foster care system, some of which prompted state audits and legislative changes.
‘Crime against humanity’: passionate parents speak out against vaccine bill

A bill to tighten California's childhood immunization law had its first committee hearing Wednesday, drawing protests from parents who said doctors, not the government, should decide if school children are eligible for an exemption.

Newsom plans to take on Big Pharma over prescription drugs. L.A. County wants in

Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles County struck a tentative deal Wednesday that would bring the two entities to the same bargaining table when negotiating prescription drug prices with manufacturers. But he offered few details on his plan, prompting little response from drug companies.

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