Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, June 26, and here’s what’s happening across California:
On Ball and Magic
The Lakers selected UCLA star Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in the draft. This comes after a swift change in leadership that left Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations. In all, it’s led to some optimism around a team that’s been flailing of late. Times columnist Bill Plaschke says that...