Hello and welcome to Essential California newsletter. This is Tuesday, May 24, and I’m your guest host, Sarah Parvini.
Governor Gavin Newsom met with leaders of the state’s largest urban water providers on Monday and implored them to step up their efforts to get people to reduce their water use as California’s drought continues to escalate. ‘aggravate.
As my colleague Ian James reports, Newsom warned that if conservation efforts do not improve this summer, the state could be forced to impose mandatory statewide water restrictions.
Ten months ago, Newsom called on Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15%, but the state remains far from that goal. The latest retention figures have been particularly poor. Water consumption in towns and villages increased by nearly 19% in March, a particularly hot and dry month.
Compared to a 2020 baseline, cumulative statewide water savings since July were only 3.7 percent.
Read more from Ian’s report: “Newsom Urges Aggressive Water Conservation, Warns of Statewide Restrictions.”
And now, here’s what’s happening across California:
Anaheim mayor resigns amid corruption probe into his role in selling land at Angel Stadium. Two prominent Orange County political leaders have resigned within 24 hours of each other amid the fallout from a sweeping federal investigation into public corruption tied to the proposed Angel Stadium sale and allegations that a “cabal secret controlled Anaheim politics. Los Angeles Times
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CRIME AND COURTS
Sexual abuse lawsuits are pouring in as the state’s Catholic leaders seek redress from the nation’s highest court. California has twice extended the statute of limitations on child sex abuse claims, prompting nine state bishops to ask the US Supreme Court to declare the law unconstitutional, arguing they are doing in the face of a “potentially ruinous liability”. Cal Matters
HOUSING AND GOVERNMENT
Track home prices in every city and zip code in the Bay Area. Using home value data from Zillow, the San Francisco Chronicle mapped median home prices in the Bay Area and plotted changes in the housing market. See house prices by connecting addresses to the interactive map. San Francisco Chronicle
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
The Sacramento Valley is feeling the heat of the water cuts. Producers protected for decades by their water rights are suffering for the first time from this record drought. Wildlife refuges are also struggling. Cal Matters
California’s coronavirus cases are rising rapidly, with some regions seeing infections double. Statewide, the increase was 63%, bringing the case rate to 231 per 100,000 population. A rate of 100 and above is considered a high transmission rate. Los Angeles Times
The plastics industry, facing a crackdown, is targeting Democrats with letters deemed misleading. The shippers claim without attribution that banning single-use plastics “will have a devastating impact on working families” by driving up costs for consumers. Los Angeles Times
POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
Candidates for LA County sheriff are riding the “everyone but Villanueva” wave, but lack name recognition. Two weeks before the primary election, opponents of Sheriff Alex Villanueva have plenty of ammunition to attack and force a second round. Most of their attacks have centered on the sheriff’s fractured relationship with the Board of Overseers, which oversees the department’s $3.5 billion budget. Los Angeles Times
Newsom signs a compromise bill increasing the limit on medical malpractice damages. California’s $250,000 limit on damages for pain and suffering caused by medical malpractice, a cap enacted by lawmakers in 1975 at the insistence of doctors and insurers, will be lifted this year. next. San Francisco Chronicle
TECHNOLOGY AND COMPANY
Five workers quit their restaurant jobs during the pandemic. Where are they now? Returning workers, including chefs, managers, short-term cooks and servers, faced the daily dissonance of being hailed by some as part of the “essential” workforce while being spat or cursed, overworked and – in many cases – fired. Los Angeles Times
Virtual workouts are here to stay. At the height of the pandemic, when going to the gym was not an option, millions of people began exploring virtual workouts from home for the first time. And many of them now say they won’t go back. list
A long-running festival for West Hollywood’s Russian community is pivoting to help Ukrainian refugees. City officials have turned this year’s event into a fundraiser for Ukrainian refugees, combining free kids’ activities — face painting, magicians, carnival games — with a silent auction and food stalls. exhibition allowing humanitarian aid groups to collect donations. Los Angeles Times
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Today california memory just Andrea Regan:
“Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, fishing was my father’s passion. I remember the early morning drives to Fisherman’s Wharf before it was a tourist destination. My childhood memories are of going under the Golden Gate Bridge on a salmon boat, feeling the damp chill, and hearing howling fog horns. Salmon and Dungeness crab were staples on our table. “Cheaper per kilo than a burger, and so much more delicious,” my dad used to say as he served the crab he’d bought at Race Street Market on the way home from work. My favorite picture of us is with a salmon bigger than me!
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