Saturday, August 10, 2019

Essential California

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Aug. 3.

Here’s a look at the top stories of the last week:


Two hours of terror. In one of the worst binges of violence Orange County has seen in recent years, a man stabbed four people to deathand injured two more over roughly a 2½-hour period. One police official described it as “pure evil.”

Cliff collapse. Scientists say it’s already difficult to predict when cliff collapses, such as the one that killed three women in Encinitas, will happen. Sea-level rise is complicating the science further.

Manson victims. Cold-case investigators believe Charles Manson and his cult followers may have been responsible for as many as 12 unsolved murders. Meanwhile, the families of the known victims are still fighting to keep the people who took their lives behind bars.

Taco Bell hotel. Here’s a look inside the pop-up Taco Bell hotel, which is taking over the V Palm Springs for this weekend only.

Salt cavern energy. Los Angeles hopes to store solar and wind power in underground salt caverns in rural Utah, to help replace a giant coal plant that will shut down in 2025.

Gilroy shooting. The Gilroy Garlic Festival shooter’s target list has prompted the FBI to launch a domestic terrorism investigation. The probe comes as police try to determine a motive for the attack.

Orange and blue. Orange County, long a GOP stronghold, officially has more registered Democrats than Republicans.

Emoji house. A Manhattan Beach house painted bright pink with yellow emojis is the flash point of a dramatic ongoing feud between the homeowner and neighbors who say it’s a public nuisance.

Swamp rats. A nutria infestation in the Central Valley is threatening to damage levees and disrupt the state’s water supply. One congressman has declared war on the rodents.

Caught. Peter Chadwick, an Orange County multimillionaire charged in the slaying of his wife, was taken into custody Sunday after a years-long manhunt. Detectives say a true-crime podcast they made generated new interest in the case, which aided the search.

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