Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, April 21, and here’s what’s happening across California:
Good jobs are disappearing
The stories of Eddie Ybarra and Francisco Martinez, two construction workers in their 40s, show the hollowing out of blue-collar jobs in Los Angeles and America writ large. Ybarra is a union worker and makes $40 an hour with pension, healthcare and unlimited vacation, while Martinez works for a nonunion...
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.