Newsletter: Essential California: Clinton wins California and claims nomination but Sanders not out yet

Hillary Clinton at a campaign event Monday night in Los Angeles.
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Good morning. It is Wednesday, June 8. Passes for Coachella 2017 go on sale today. Here’s what else is happening in the Golden State:


Keep going

Sen. Bernie Sanders isn’t out yet. The Democratic presidential candidate addressed supporters late last night in Santa Monica. “We are going to fight hard to win the primary in Washington, D.C., and then we take our fight for social, economic, racial and environmental justice to Philadelphia,” he said. On Wednesday morning the Associated Press called the California primary for Hillary Clinton. Los Angeles Times


Senate race

It will be two Democrats in the November runoff for the U.S. Senate. State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris placed first in Tuesday’s primary, followed by Rep. Loretta Sanchez. “Our unity is our strength. Our diversity is our power,” Harris said at her election night party. Los Angeles Times

Gender politics

The Republican presidential primary was all about who is man enough to be president. Columnist Cathleen Decker looks at what that means for a general election that will likely see a woman, Clinton, at the top of the ticket for a major political party for the first time in American history. “In addition to being a referendum on a woman presidential nominee, it will also be a referendum on Donald Trump and his attitudes toward women,” she writes. Los Angeles Times

Supervisors’ races

The two races to fill seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are headed to November runoffs. Rep. Janice Hahn and former Manhattan Beach City Councilman Steve Napolitano will likely face one another for the Fourth District seat. And in the northern part of the county, Kathryn Barger, chief of staff to Supervisor Mike Antonovich, and state Sen. Bob Huff will compete against one another. Los Angeles Times


On fire: The drought means California is experiencing larger and more aggressive wildfires. “Now already this year, crews have responded to 1,562 wildfires that have burned nearly 28,000 acres,” said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Los Angeles Times



Safety precautions: Will a sound artist make Los Angeles’ streets safer for pedestrians? Alan Nakagawa is the Department of Transportation’s artist-in-residence who focuses on cultural nuances in how we use public spaces. “Everyone thinks they’re entitled to the road, like no one else should be on it,” Nakagawa said. Gizmodo

Getting in touch: How can white, middle-class teachers become “culturally competent” in ways that allow them to connect with their students? Here’s what one teacher in South L.A. did: “When she scheduled parent-teacher conferences and only a handful of parents showed up, she made arrangements to meet them at fast-food restaurants at night or on the weekends. When students invited her to church choir recitals or local soccer league games, she made it a point to show up with flowers or orange slices.” Slate



Pop politics: Celebrity to celebrity, what can Trump learn from Arnold Schwarzenegger? “Unlike Trump, the man once called Conan the Republican has long had deep convictions on substantive issues like climate change, rejected the intolerant wing of the Republican Party and worked hard to learn the ropes of elected office.” Politico

Councilman dead: A Rialto city councilman was found dead Sunday inside a van parked in Loma Linda. Shawn O’Connell, 48, was paralyzed in 2004 after he was thrown from an all-terrain vehicle. Investigators did not find any signs of foul play. An autopsy is underway. Los Angeles Times

Higher wages: San Mateo could soon join other Bay Area communities in raising the minimum wage. One proposal would push hourly wages to $15 by 2018. A formal vote is expected on June 20. “This is a big step to raise the wage for people who need it the most,” said Mayor Joe Goethals. Mercury-News



Terror sentencing: A Lodi man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for trying to join ISIS. “I wanted to be part of something. I didn’t think my life was worth anything,” Nicholas Teausant told the judge at his sentencing. Sacramento Bee

Bizarre chase: How’s this for strange? San Francisco paramedics were responding to a life-threatening emergency when a woman stole their ambulance and led police on a chase to Treasure Island, officials said. The woman crashed into a concrete barrier, which caused the ambulance to catch fire. Los Angeles Times

Plant thief: A thief stole plants from Cotta’s Kitchen in Turlock. Security footage shows the man was not wearing a shirt, though he did have loose — very loose — plants around his hips. That earned him the unfortunate nom de guerre of “butt crack bandit.” Sacramento Bee

Political protest. Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of vandalizing police cars during a Trump rally back in April. The minors, whose names were not released, live in Costa Mesa. Los Angeles Times



Crossing the border: The number of Chinese nationals illegally entering the U.S. through the Mexican border has skyrocketed. Between October 2015 and May of this year, 663 Chinese nationals were captured by border agents. “Whenever you have an increase of immigration, there is always an increase in illegal immigration because people want to join their families,” said Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute’s office at the New York University School of Law. Los Angeles Times


Neighborly feel: Los Angeles can sometimes feel like a small town. Take, for example, Larchmont and its mail carrier Carl. “I’m everyone’s Uncle Mailman,” he says. LA Weekly


Western White House: Take a look back at Rancho del Cielo — the Western retreat for President Ronald Reagan. “The ranch quickly became a potent symbol of President Reagan’s image as an All-American original, a political ‘Marlboro man,’ somehow mythically above the fray.” Curbed LA


San Diego will have clouds and a high of 72 degrees. Los Angeles will be cloudy and 79. Riverside will be partly sunny and hot at 94 degrees. San Francisco will have a high of 66 degrees. Sacramento will have a mix of clouds and sun as temperatures reach 88 degrees.



Today’s California Memory comes from Donnie Nair:

“I grew up in Eagle Rock, which is only seven miles from downtown L.A. We lived near the end of the 5 streetcar. We rode all over L.A. for only 10 cents. In high school we took the streetcar to the beach, because during World War II gas was rationed. Our family was allotted four gallons a week. I worked at Bullock’s on Saturdays and the streetcar was the way to go. We lived on Mount Royal Drive and at one time our street was voted the most beautiful in Los Angeles. It still is so pretty with wide parkways planted with jacarandas, camphors and palm trees.”

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