Essential California: Personal experience with the headlines
We're working on a special year-end feature where the headlines get personal. We want to know about how this year's most important California stories unfolded for our readers, and how the news intersected with their lives.

Were you affected by fires or blackouts? Did you feel the Ridgecrest earthquakes, or do anything to prepare for the Next One after they hit? Has your living situation been impacted by the statewide housing crisis? Has gun violence impacted your community? We want to hear about your experiences in 2019. Tell us about how a news issue or event affected your life, and we'll share some of the responses in the coming weeks.
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What issue was most important to your life this year?
What was the biggest change you noticed this year in the city or town where you live?
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