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Benjamin Oreskes

Benjamin Oreskes is the co-author of the Essential Californianewsletter and a general assignment reporter in the California section. Before coming to The Times in February 2017, Oreskes covered foreign policy at Politico in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Northwestern University, and looks forward to seeing the Wildcats play in the Rose Bowl sometime soon.
Essential California: Where's Gavin?

Gavin Newsom, now the front-runner in the governor's race, missed scores of meetings held by the University of California Board of Regents, the California State University Board of Trustees and the California State Lands Commission, according to a Times review of attendance records.

Essential California: The new joints in town

West Hollywood, Palm Springs and Cathedral City are opening up applications for marijuana lounges. The cities' leaders say the lounges would be the pot equivalent of bars and coffee shops.

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