Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, July 24, and here’s what’s happening across California:
What they knew and when they knew
The University of Southern California is taking steps to fire Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito, who served as dean of its medical school. It remains unclear when top USC officials first learned about the allegations involving Puliafito. But The Times made repeated inquiries over the last 15 months about him, in...