Melody Gutierrez, Los Angeles Times

Melody Gutierrez

Los Angeles Times

Sacramento, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Melody:

Abandoned homesteads fascinated me as a kid. Now my childhood home is among them

Nearly 25 years after Times reporter Melody Gutierrez's family was forced to leave their Wonder Valley home, she returned to find a crumbling, empty house — or was it? → Read More

Fears of losing battle to control monkeypox in California, U.S. as cases surge

Monkeypox cases are rising exponentially, dimming hopes that officials can quickly gain control of the virus that has the potential to establish a lasting foothold. → Read More

California Politics: Legislators face new threats in familiar vaccine fight

No issue has elicited more fervent reactions in the California Capitol than vaccine bills. With a controversial bill to allow minors to consent to vaccines without parental consent, will this year be any different? → Read More

Multiple fights near Knott's Berry Farm, park closes early

Multiple fights broke out Saturday night at Knott's Berry Farm, forcing the park to close early. → Read More

Stand-up comedian Jak Knight dead at 28

Stand-up comedian Jak Knight, who starred in the Netflix animated series “Big Mouth,” died Thursday, according to multiple news outlets. He was 28. → Read More

How a California mental health funding plan fell apart

A millionaire’s tax was helping fund new mental health programs in California. But the Great Recession changed things — and counties got desperate. → Read More

California Politics: The state enters the new fiscal year with a fistful of dollars

California enters the year with a cup that runneth over by more than $100 billion. Here's how lawmakers plan to spend it, plus the latest on a controversial deal with Kaiser Permanente. → Read More

California to end AIDS Healthcare contract, alleging improper negotiation tactics

California will no longer contract with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to provide healthcare plans to 770 HIV-positive patients in Los Angeles County. → Read More

What would California's constitutional amendment on abortion do?

Senate Constitutional Amendment 10 would, if approved by voters, further codify the state’s already progressive reproductive rights. → Read More

California constitutional amendment securing abortion, contraceptive rights goes to voters

State lawmakers approved a measure Monday that will ask California voters in November whether to enshrine abortion and contraceptives rights in state Constitution. → Read More

As blue and red states fight over abortion, guns and COVID, Newsom seizes an opportunity

California's governor clearly embraces his rise as a dominant, resonating voice for Democratic states nationwide → Read More

Newsom signs bill protecting California abortion providers from civil liability

In the wake of Roe vs. Wade being struck down, Newsom has signed a bill aimed at further solidifying California's status as an abortion sanctuary. → Read More

With Roe vs. Wade overturned, what happens in California?

States will now be permitted to ban abortions for the first time since the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973. What does this mean in California? → Read More

Californians brace for increased healthcare premiums if federal subsidies expire

Nearly 150,000 Californians would see their health insurance premiums rise significantly if Congress doesn't extend subsidies set to expire this year. → Read More

California leaders move to enshrine abortion, contraceptive rights in State Constitution

California legislative leaders introduced a bill Wednesday that would ask voters to enshrine abortion and contraceptive rights in the State Constitution. → Read More

Democrats dominate fierce fight in California insurance commissioner's race

Nine candidates are on the June 7 ballot for California insurance commissioner, a job that focuses on regulating the insurance industry. But two Democrats vying for the job have dominated the race. → Read More

California gets new rules for medical malpractice payments

Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill to increase medical malpractice awards for pain and suffering. → Read More

Once-trampled (and secret) Grove of Titans redwood stand in Northern California reopens

After the location of a grove of redwoods was made public, a flood of visitors caused significant damage. A new boardwalk aims to protect the trees. → Read More

California would subsidize abortion services for uninsured, out-of-state patients under Newsom plan

The subsidies are included in a $125-million abortion services plan Newsom will send to legislators on Friday as part of his revised state budget. → Read More

Lawmakers react to Controller Betty Yee's role in mask deal

California lawmakers demand information about Betty Yee's involvement in a failed $600-million mask deal in 2020 following a report in The Times. → Read More