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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: A tax break on inherited property has proven profitable for an elite group

A Los Angeles Times analysis shows that many of those who inherit property with the tax breaks don’t live in them. Rather, they use the homes as investments while still taking advantage of the generous tax benefits

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Essential California: Former assemblyman was under investigation when he resigned and took job at USC

When Sebastian Ridley-Thomas stepped down from the California Legislature in 2017, he faced two accusations of sexual harassment, according to sources and documents reviewed by The Times.

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