Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, May 15, and here’s what’s happening across California:
Boring through Los Angeles (but it’s not boring)
Dozens of feet below ground, a massive machine bores through the earth, making way for a space where the Metro Regional Connector will go. This tunnel is being made by a 400-foot-long, 1,000-ton earth-chewing beast, known as the tunnel boring machine. As long as the...
The L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it will face a $36-million operating budget shortfall in 2016 that will grow if fares are not raised. Above, a Metro bus near Culver City in 2012.