Saturday, September 28, 2019

Essential California

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Sept. 28.

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


Stop vaping immediately. California health officials issued a warning Tuesday that people stop vaping immediately, joining a growing chorus of health experts advising caution following recent reports of severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use.

California and impeachment. What’s the worst part of the impeachment inquiry for Donald Trump? He has to “put up” with California’s Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, current chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Not since the Civil War. In related news, Trump is on track for the poorest showing in over a century by a Republican presidential candidate in California, a new poll finds. Just 29% of likely California voters say they plan to vote for him.

Challenging Boise. A growing number of local governments, including the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento and San Diego, are attempting to challenge Martin vs. City of Boise, a court decision that has allowed people to legally bed down on sidewalks overnight.

Autumn leaves. Think there’s no way to see fall in California? Here are a few places where you can find trees with spectacular displays of autumnal color.

No Endeavor IPO. Endeavor Group Holdings Inc., the owner of talent agency WME-IMG and mixed martial arts league UFC, canceled plans for its highly anticipated initial public offering just one day before its stock was expected to begin trading on Wall Street.

Designer chicken coops. Some Los Angeles chicken owners want to house their pets in high-style comfort. And they’re spending hundreds to thousands of dollars to do so.

Who picks babies’ gender? Some California couples are choosing not to state the gender of their children until the kids are old enough to articulate their identities on their own. But that’s set up clashes with federal agencies such as the Social Security Administration.

A radical approach to getting people off the streets. In the face of a growing homelessness crisis, city and county officials in Bakersfield want to put homeless people in jail for misdemeanor drug offenses and potentially for trespassing.

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