California Northern: A New Regionalism is a new biannual publication that explores the region's culture, politics and history with high-quality photography, essays, poetry, fiction and long-form journalism. Its publisher is former Contra Costa Times reporter Casey Mills, who describes the magazine as:
a place that offers windows into various aspects of life here in Northern California. A place where people can write about what they know. A place to explore our collective and regional identities, to think about who we are and what we share. It's an effort to explain why so many of us believe Northern California is a unique place worth caring for. And it's a forum for sparking dialogue, a home for strong opinions, in-depth reportage, basic storytelling, and for everything in between.
CN's first issue featured a lengthy profile of Jerry Brown, written by Calitics blogger Robert Cruickshank before the November election. Cruickshank describes the serious economic challenges Brown faced in his first two terms as governor (1975-83) and suggests that his response to the crisis -- and to the taxpayer revolt embodied in Proposition 13 -- gives us some insight into how Brown will govern the third time around.
The second issue of California Northern was published on Dec. 10. Included is a piece on author Raymond Carver's connection to the state, as well as the memoir of Yoshito Wayne Osaki, a Japanese American interned during World War II