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Benjamin Oreskes

Benjamin Oreskes is the co-author of the Essential California  newsletter 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.
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Essential California: How an expensive Big Sur wedding led to a new app

When tech billionaire Sean Parker chose a wedding venue in violation of the California Coastal Act, the state settled on a far more creative form of restitution: a mobile app.

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Essential California: Two nuns, known for their casino trips, are accused of stealing

Parents whose children attended St. James Catholic School in Torrance long believed that the school was financially strapped. Now they're furious as they learn more about the high-flying lives of two nuns who have been accused of stealing $500,000 from the school.

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