California lessons from the 1918 pandemic: San Francisco dithered; Los Angeles acted and saved lives

People wait in line to get flu masks on Montgomery Street in San Francisco in 1918.
People wait in line to get flu masks on Montgomery Street in San Francisco in 1918.
(Hamilton Henry Dobbin / California State Library)

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James Rainey has covered multiple presidential elections, the media and the environment, mostly at the Los Angeles Times, which he first joined in 1984. He was part of Times teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes.
Rong-Gong Lin II is a metro reporter, specializing in covering statewide earthquake safety issues. The Bay Area native is a graduate of UC Berkeley and started at the Los Angeles Times in 2004.