Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Jan. 17, and here’s what’s happening across California:
On the scene
When Riverside County sheriff’s deputies entered the Perris house where a married couple was said to be holding their 13 children captive, they found a horrific scene. There was a strong, foul smell. The house was filthy. Three young people were chained to pieces of furniture. Children were badly emaciated. And yet,...