Monday, August 12, 2019

Essential California

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Aug. 12, and here’s a look at the week ahead:

The annual Perseid meteor shower, which occurs as Earth passes through the trail of the Swift-Tuttle comet, will peak just after midnight Monday and into Tuesday morning. The trick to a good viewing will be finding somewhere sufficiently dark, with clear skies free from bright city lights.

Here are some best spots for seeing the meteor show in the Bay Area, the Eastern Sierra, near Sacramento, in Bakersfield, near Palm SpringsOrange CountyLos Angeles and San Diego. (Some of those links are specifically Perseid-based, while others just highlight the best dark-sky stargazing spots in the area. Bonus: Here are the 10 darkest spots for stargazing across the entire state.)

On Wednesday, the House Financial Services Committee will have a field hearing on homelessness in Los Angeles. Expected speakers include the directors of Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and numerous housing and community groups, and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Thursday is the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Here’s an interesting look back from the New York Times at how the paper scrambled to cover the 1969 festival, as the scope of its importance suddenly became clear. (Meanwhile, the beleaguered Woodstock 50 anniversary festival, which would have commemorated the seminal gathering, was officially canceled a few weeks ago, three months after its main backer pulled funding and declared it dead.) 

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