Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, May 4, and here’s what’s happening across California:
Watch out for that melting snow
The rains that hammered California this winter have ended, but flooding dangers are high, as the massive Sierra snowpack melts. In the Central Valley town of Tranquillity, farmers are worried about a collapsed levee — a disaster that happened a decade ago. Now they hope that the local reservoir has...