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Benjamin Oreskes

Benjamin Oreskes is the co-author of the Essential Californianewsletter and a general assignment reporter in the California section. Before coming to The Times in February 2017, Oreskes covered foreign policy at Politico in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Northwestern University, and looks forward to seeing the Wildcats play in the Rose Bowl sometime soon.
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Essential California: Inside Elon Musk's secret tunnel

Much of Elon Musk’s tunnel plan for Los Angeles is hidden, with a private company allegedly undertaking a massive public works project. But as construction of the tunnel continues in Hawthorne, there are some tantalizing clues in documents submitted to the city.

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Essential California: At Hollister Ranch, homeowners enjoy private beaches and big tax breaks

Residents of the exclusive Central Coast property known as Hollister Ranch have fought for years to keep the public off its pristine beaches. Turns out they get property tax breaks too.

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