Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It's Friday, Sept. 8, and here's what's happening across California:
In the fine print
An immigrant brought to the U.S. from Mexico at age 4, Miriam Juan was able to make a trip to Guadalajara thanks to a little-known perk of the
That $85-billion deal
When AT&T completes its $85.4-billion purchase of Time Warner — the media behemoth that controls the likes of CNN, HBO and the
Will Amazon set up shop in L.A.?
Amazon.com launched a search for a second headquarters city in North America that would cost $5 billion and employ up to 50,000 people, and Los Angeles plans to be among the candidates. "I can confirm we are planning to bid," said Alex Comisar, a spokesman for Los Angeles Mayor
The fight over a word: Los Angeles city leaders will push Friday to declare the city a "sanctuary" for immigrants, a move that comes after some lawmakers resisted formally using the term despite pressure from local immigration groups. City Council members Herb Wesson and Gil Cedillo plan to unveil a resolution that would formally label L.A. either a "city of sanctuary" or a "sanctuary city." Los Angeles Times
Do Westside liberals actually love Trump? "Putting aside oncoming racism, Santa Monica's entertainment biz people are basking in snappier conversation. Suddenly, dread meetings at Amazon with studio executives you mix up with other studio executives are spicy with pre-down-to-business politics talk," writes comedian Peter Mehlman. Los Angeles Times
Rotten Tomatoes or sour grapes? The summer movie season was slow, to say the least, and many Hollywood executives blame Rotten Tomatoes. The Tomatometer boils down hundreds of reviews to give films "fresh" or "rotten" scores. New York Times
A legend passes: The visionary architect of some of L.A.'s most notable Modernist landmarks — including CBS Television City and the soaring Union 76 gas station in Beverly Hills — has died. Gin D. Wong was 94. Associated Press
POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
Side by side: With the first marijuana licenses due to be issued in January, California lawmakers proposed Thursday that growers and sellers be able to group multiple permitted operations together. Los Angeles Times
Speeding up the process: Facebook executives and a New York developer are hoping that their major development projects could get built years sooner than planned under last-minute legislation at the state Capitol. Los Angeles Times
Getting ready for next year: "For the first time in recent memory, the Golden State is central to the Democrats' crusade to win 24 seats that would grant them the House majority." CNN
Moving on: Joseph "Joe" Kasper, the congressional chief of staff of Rep.
CRIME AND COURTS
Firefighter arrested: A captain in the Oakland Fire Department has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography, the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday. Los Angeles Times
Be mindful: A team of thieves is using a classic bird poop ruse to distract and pickpocket victims in Hollywood. Los Angeles Times
Big settlement: Los Angeles is settling with hundreds of victims of an LAPD officer who snooped for celebrity private eye Anthony Pellicano. Los Angeles Times
By the border: For at least the last decade, Tijuana vendors put in special orders for designer merchandise, dispatching teams of shoplifters to malls around the country to steal more than $20 million in loot that could be resold at lower prices in Mexico, authorities say. San Diego Union-Tribune
Good question: Sacramento Bee columnist Shawn Hubler has a query: It's "one many of us are wondering about in this age of mounting natural disasters: If climate change is a given, what's the best place to live?" Sacramento Bee
Check them out: From Donald Duck to Donald Trump, an unprecedented look at Latin American art is coming to Los Angeles and holding up a mirror to the United States. Los Angeles Times
Ready for World Cup 2026? Three Southern California stadiums have submitted paperwork to stage World Cup games in 2026, should the united bid of the U.S., Mexico and Canada to host the tournament win approval from FIFA. Los Angeles Times
Only on Disney: Disney is adding more firepower to its upcoming streaming service. Its "Star Wars" and Marvel comic-book movies will be included, making it the only way to stream those movies on demand in the U.S. as part of a monthly subscription. Associated Press
Hammer, don't hurt them: MC Hammer is headlining Staples Center — in 2017. "You're not doing a story about a guy trying to make an audience. My music's already been heard by billions. Billions! So you can't introduce me as an artist," he said. Los Angeles Times
Fascinating profile: "In college, Colin Kaepernick began a journey that led him to his position as one of the most prominent, if divisive, social activists in sports." The New York Times
Bye to the boys' club: "As the tech industry grapples with a spate of sexual harassment allegations, prominent voices are quietly organizing behind a new rival to The Young Presidents' Organization, a networking league of executives that is largely male." Recode
Los Angeles area: Partly cloudy, 80, Friday. Sunny, 81, Saturday. San Diego: Partly cloudy Friday, 75, and Saturday, 76. San Francisco area: Partly cloudy, 67, Friday. Partly cloudy, 69, Saturday. Sacramento: Partly cloudy, 88, Friday. Sunny, 91, Saturday. More weather is here.
Today's California memory comes from Barbara Clark:
"For years, Crenshaw Neighbors, our homeowners organization for the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw community, had wanted to beautify Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to honor Dr. King. Formerly Santa Barbara Boulevard, lined with apartments and commercial buildings, it had bare sidewalks. A board member said, 'We should plant trees out there, on both sides.' So we did! The City Council approved the King Boulevard Memorial Project, the TreePeople organization obtained sponsors to pay for the saplings, and public service announcements recruited volunteers. On Jan. 13, 1990, nearly 3,000 of us planted 300 Canary Island Pine saplings along the full seven miles. In 2012, when space shuttle Endeavour was transported along city streets to the Science Center in Exposition Park, trees were cut down on many streets to make way. But the City Council and TreePeople informed the planning committee that they could not touch the King Boulevard memorial trees. So the creative movers 'danced' Endeavour down the boulevard in a side-to-side two-step, avoiding King's trees, sometimes by inches. Today, it remains a boulevard fit for a king."
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