California stay-at-home faces its biggest test: A heat wave driving people to the beach

Huntington Beach
Beach-goers enjoy summer-like weather next to the closed Huntington Beach Pier. Much bigger crowds are expected this weekend in Orange County, but not in L.A. County, which is keeping its beaches closed.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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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.
Rosanna Xia is an environment reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She covers the coast and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2020 for explanatory reporting.
Hannah Fry is a Metro reporter covering breaking news in California. She joined Times Community News in Orange County in 2013 where she covered education, Newport Beach city hall, crime and courts. She is a native of Orange County and attended Chapman University, where she was the editor-in-chief of the college newspaper, the Panther.