I’m Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don’t want you to miss today.
The GOP’s Odd Couple
One’s a think tank conservative focused on fiscal restraint and rooted in the Republican establishment. The other’s a populist who says he won’t cut Medicare or Social Security and positions himself as the ultimate outsider. After House Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump met, they both made it sound as if they can work through their differences. Can the two share the GOP without driving each other crazy?
The Times Endorses Clinton on June 7
With California voters going to the polls in less than a month, The Times’ editorial board is endorsing Hillary Clinton in the state’s Democratic primary. “We admire Bernie Sanders’ passion for progress and equality,” the board writes, "but our endorsement goes to the candidate who is more likely to translate ideals into action.” Though that will come as a blow to Sanders’ supporters, the board felt that Clinton, for all her faults, is better prepared for the presidency. Read on to see how the board reached its decision.
Maywood Sings the Blues Again
$16 million. That’s how much Maywood owes and can’t repay, according to a state report reviewed by The Times. The small municipality is facing political and legal problems too. If that sounds familiar for a city along the 710 Freeway, it is: Think of its neighbors in Bell, Vernon and Cudahy. Read on to see why Maywood, on the brink of financial collapse six years ago, is on the brink again and help isn’t on the way.
In Brazil, an Impeachment or a Coup?
Rising unemployment. A multibillion-dollar corruption scandal. The Zika crisis. Growing concern about the Rio Olympics. Brazil is facing all of these, without a stable government, in the wake of President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment by lawmakers who face their own accusations of serious crimes. Rousseff left office, saying the new more conservative leaders took power via a non-military “coup.” Here’s what South America’s largest country is facing.
The New Pershing Square: Flat, but Not Boring
Pershing Square in downtown L.A. is one of the city’s oldest public spaces and one of its most maligned. Now, a French landscape architecture firm aims to make it more accessible, greener and flatter – including slicing off the top of a parking garage. As architecture Christopher Hawthorne writes, that will require a mix of public and private funding, as well as a willingness to move away from the car-centric infrastructure L.A. has held so dear.
The Queen of Montana Avenue
At the Fox Laundry in Santa Monica, Marie “Mimi” Haist rules the roost. That dryer door? “Don’t slam it!” she’ll say. For nearly two decades, she lived there. Now, the 90-year-old has an apartment across the street, accompanies Zach Galifianakis on the red carpet, and is the subject of a new documentary. But as reporter Nita Lelyveld found out, Mimi still spends her days at the laundromat.
-- The state’s schools will soon be on the hook for things like suspensions, attendance and graduation rates.
-- How tech mogul Larry Ellison’s friendship with a USC doctor led to his $200-million cancer research gift.
-- The Coastal Commission is backing a bill to ban private meetings with panel members.
-- After an ugly brawl, Sylmar High School students walked out of class and are calling for unity.
-- A federal judge has ruled that Obamacare is being funded unconstitutionally.
-- Mexico warns of repercussions if the flow of money from Mexicans living in the U.S. is blocked.
-- Pope Francis will set up a panel to consider ordaining women as deacons in the Catholic Church.
-- In the heart of Mormon country, a street is renamed for Harvey Milk.
-- Despite autism fears, here’s why pregnant women should keep taking their prenatal vitamins.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- Video: Chris Hardwick of “The Talking Dead” chats with us.
-- Movie review: George Clooney and Julia Roberts get mauled by “Money Monster.”
-- The latest from our team at the Cannes Film Festival.
-- Beyoncé already reigns supreme as 2016’s master of the fashion moment.
-- Hey L.A., what does “black girl magic” mean to you?
-- What went wrong in the switch to Frontier? Software glitches, an offshore call center and one pesky squirrel.
-- When you buy digital content on Amazon or iTunes, do you own it? Not the way you probably think.
-- A documentary sheds new light on the killing of 11 Israelis at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
-- Neil Leifer and the art behind some of sports’ most famous photographs.
-- The GOP’s scorched-earth approach to Obamacare finally pays off -- except for the poor, of course.
-- Madeleine Albright a war criminal? Scripps College’s baffling crusade for simple thinking.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- Why Venezuela is imploding. (The Atlantic)
-- The “racial mystery” of anime. (The Verge)
-- Ugly website design is trendy. (Washington Post)
ONLY IN CALIFORNIA
This could get your motor running: The West Coast’s biggest motorcycle museum is getting ready to open in Carmel Valley. It will feature winery owner Robb Talbott’s collection of Italian race bikes, British bombers, Indian and Harley-Davidson board track racers and more. Take a spin through it here.
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