Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Aug. 7, and here’s what’s happening across California:
Behind closed doors
How USC handles the scandal over former medical school dean Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito will be decided behind closed doors by a small group of wealthy and powerful people. Little is known about exactly who will make key decisions and whether the findings will be made public. And the trustees have been largely silent.
"The county needs options that result in [serious and violent offenders] serving their full sentences," says L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.