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Essential California: Landmarks in ashes, and of memory, confront fire victims in a traumatized Ventura
Los Angeles Times No vote: Eighteen of California’s 53 House members voted no on an ... ProPublica Interesting trend: “Real estate professionals call [them] ‘Hispennials.’ The label, a mash-up of Hispanics and millennials, defines a group of ...
Newsletter Essential California: Landmarks in ashes, and of memory, confront fire victims in a traumatized Ventura
Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times
Jeff Lipscomb, left, Gabriel Lipscomb, 17, and Rachel Lipscomb, 11, look for items to recover in the wreckage of their burned home in Ventura.
Jeff Lipscomb, left, Gabriel Lipscomb, 17, and Rachel Lipscomb, 11, look for items to recover in the wreckage of their burned home in Ventura(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Benjamin Oreskes and Shelby GradContact Reporter
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletterIt is Saturday, Dec23Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:TOP STORIESLos Angeles TimesPlus: As the Thomas fire raged in the hills above the seaside town of Oxnard, the shops were empty and the streets were silentWinds had pushed smoke down from the blaze, shrouding buildings, cars and trees with a thick layer of white ash that was dangerous to breathe without respirators, according to public health officialsBut in the vast strawberry fields outside town, work continued as usualLos Angeles Times
The biggest: The Thomas fire on Friday became California’s largest wildfire on recordLos Angeles TimesPlot foiled: The FBI said a Modesto man who espoused support for Islamic State planned a Christmas suicide attack on San Francisco’s Pier 39, a popular tourist destinationLos Angeles TimesLook, up in the sky: What was that light show above L.Aon Friday night that stopped traffic and sparked both alarm and curiosity? It was SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, launched from Vandenberg Air Force BaseLos Angeles TimesA pioneer: March Fong Eu, who was five times elected as California's secretary of state, the first woman in that position and the first Chinese American to hold a constitutional office in California, has died at age 95Los Angeles Times
No vote: Eighteen of California’s 53 House members voted no on an $81-billion disaster aid package Thursday, which includes funds for California’s recent wildfiresLos Angeles TimesCharged: A former Riverside County sheriff’s deputy was charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend’s lover, authorities said FridayLos Angeles TimesSad tale: The Los Angeles Zoo has euthanized its herd of Nubian ibex after determining the goats were infected with a highly contagious and incurable strain of herpesLos Angeles TimesWater fight: Nestle, which sells Arrowhead bottled water, may have to stop taking millions of gallons of water from Southern California's San Bernardino National Forest because state regulators concluded it lacks valid permitsAssociated PressDays of yore: Check out these vintage photos of Christmases past in Los AngelesCurbed Los Angeles
THIS WEEK’S MOST POPULAR STORIES IN ESSENTIAL CALIFORNIA1Multimillion-dollar homes in the Montecito area were reduced to ashes by the Thomas fireLos Angeles Times2Now that the tax overhaul has passed, here are five moves to consider before year's endLos Angeles Times3A quick look at some of the biggest tax changes for CaliforniansLos Angeles Times4How the Mario Batali and Ken Friedman sexual harassment allegations are affecting their L.ArestaurantsLos Angeles Times5Hollywood producer Gary Goddard is accused of sexual misconduct by eight former child actors Los Angeles TimesICYMI, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S GREAT READSArchaeology as blood sport: When the scientific journal Nature published in April an article arguing that a mastodon site in San Diego was more than 130,000 years old, it created a firestorm in the world of American archaeologyLos Angeles TimesA year later: A year after a tamale disaster left hundreds of customers steamed, a Downey store is seeking redemptionLos Angeles TimesHow to get away with bankruptcy fraud: “Los Angeles is the nation’s hub for bankruptcy crimeScammers prey on struggling homeowners with little fear of getting caught, because criminal enforcement of bankruptcy laws is rare.” ProPublica
Interesting trend: “Real estate professionals call [them] ‘Hispennials.’ The label, a mash-up of Hispanics and millennials, defines a group of consumers, aged 20 to 36, which the housing industry is eagerly courting.” Orange County Register Another problem: “All the Money in the World” hits theaters after Kevin Spacey was replaced in the film just weeks earlierIt details the 1973 kidnapping of Paul Getty III — and takes the position that Getty was not complicit in the crimeNow, a relative of the kidnappers has come forward to allege that the film gets it wrongVarietySlatePlease let us know what we can do to make this newsletter more useful to youSend comments, complaints and ideas to Benjamin Oreskes and Shelby GradAlso follow them on Twitter @boreskes and @shelbygrad.
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