Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, July 27, and here’s what’s happening across California:
USC ‘could have done better’
USC President C. L. Max Nikias admitted Wednesday that the university “could have done better” in how it handled former medical school dean Dr. Carmen Puliafito, who a Times investigation found took drugs and associated with criminals and drug abusers. Nikias announced a new committee that would look at...