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Bay Area reservoir to be drained over collapse risk.
A roundup of endorsements in the March 3 primary.
And breathtaking scenes along the California coast.



A judge ruled that Costa Mesa can refuse as many as 50 coronavirus patients — at least for now. Public health officials wanted to transfer the patients from a Bay Area military base to a state-owned facility in Costa Mesa, which sued to block the move. In a packed federal courtroom on Monday, the judge extended a restraining order, but ordered the two sides to talk the matter out. "This is a new one in terms of claiming a right not to have infectious disease introduced into your community," a public health expert said. N.Y. Times | A.P.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a choreographed stroll through San Francisco's Chinatown, where fear over the outbreak has had an enormous impact. KQED | NBC Bay Area


Jennifer Siebel Newsom spoke at the Women's March on Jan. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles.

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Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the governor's wife, told anti-vaccine protesters that her husband's administration was looking into their concerns about a new law that curbs bogus vaccine exemptions. She also said she believes more dialogue is needed about the necessity of some immunizations. L.A. Times


A four-part investigation by CalMatters examined why so many new nonprofits are being formed with ties to California lawmakers. Unlike campaign accounts, the nonprofits can raise unlimited sums. Turns out, they are largely being funded by corporations and unions that lobby the Legislature. "Money will find an outlet," one expert said. "If you can't do it one way, they will do it another way." CalMatters


California north of Los Angeles is shaped a bit like a bathtub, with a ring of jagged peaks surrounding the bowl of the Central Valley. It makes for breathtaking scenes along the coast where mountains plunge precipitously into the Pacific.

Pictured below, from top to bottom, are Big Sur, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and Humboldt County's King Range.

Yuval Helfman

Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management


Northern California


Federal regulators ordered Anderson Reservoir, the largest reservoir in Silicon Valley, to be completely drained, saying its earthen dam could buckle in an earthquake and send a 35-foot wall of water into a nearby community. Officials said the dramatic step was likely to disrupt water supplies and endanger fish species. Mercury News | CBS SF


"That is a really powerful message to the rest of California."

Marina, a city of about 22,000 people on Monterey Bay, is adapting to sea rise like few other places along the coast. Where other cities are fighting to defend homes and roads, Marina is retreating from the water. There's no point fighting a force as powerful as the ocean, a resort manager said. L.A. Times


Anne Kirkpatrick, seen in 2017, might sue over her firing.

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Anne Kirkpatrick, who was just ousted as Oakland's police chief by a civilian board, said her lawyers would be investigating a potential source of the bad blood: her refusal to reimburse a board member's towing fees in 2018. Kirkpatrick defended her three-year tenure, during which crime fell and racial disparities in traffic stops were reduced. East Bay Times | S.F. Chronicle


A gut-wrenching video showed a group of black men taunting and attacking an elderly Asian man who was collecting recyclables on a San Francisco street. "I hate Asians," one man says. The video, viewed more than a million times on Twitter, prompted the police to open an investigation. S.F. Examiner | SFist


Southern California


Harvey Weinstein is headed to prison.

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Harvey Weinstein is a rapist.

So ruled a Manhattan jury on Monday, convicting the Hollywood producer of two felony sex crimes in a watershed moment for the #MeToo movement. Weinstein, motionless and stunned, said, "But I'm innocent" three times to his lawyers. Then he was handcuffed and led to jail. He could remain behind bars for up to 29 years. N.Y. Times | L.A. Times

"This is the way it's supposed to be. This is the way it's supposed to be."
— Ashley Judd, the first actress to publicly accuse Weinstein, reacting to the verdict


Vanessa Bryant delivered eulogies for Kobe and Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on Monday.

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Friends, family, and fans packed the Staples Center for an emotional tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant. The event included the first public comments from Vanessa Bryant, who delivered heartfelt eulogies for her husband and daughter. Columnist Bill Plasche called her speech "as compelling as five NBA titles, as inspiring as an 81-point game, as impressive as any last-second shot." (Watch it here) L.A. Times | ESPN

Shaquille O'Neal got a big laugh with a story about the time he told Bryant there's no "I" in team, and Bryant replied, "I know, but there's an M-E in that motherf-----." Twitter

As the tribute unfolded, Vanessa Bryant's lawyers filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter operator that crashed, killing her husband, daughter, and seven others. L.A. Times | A.P.


"I am a New Yorker. If the involvement of a shaman hadn't tipped you off already, this hug occurred in Los Angeles."

Do Angelenos over-hug? A New York writer pondered that question in a trend piece published in the N.Y. Times Style section, a department that continues to peddle cringingly cliched portrayals of Los Angeles, or as the latest effort put it "the land of sunshine and MoonJuice, heart chakras and alternative milks." N.Y. Times

Some L.A. writers weighed in on the article: "Egregious." "Shallow." "So, so dumb."

Flashback: When the L.A. Times hilariously gave New York the N.Y. Times treatment.


California primary 2020


Street art in San Francisco.

California's primary election is March 3, a week from today. In the Democratic presidential primary, polls suggest Bernie Sanders has surged into a commanding lead among California voters.

The endorsements from California's political and pundit class, however, produce a very different ranking. The endorsements from California party leaders tracked by FiveThirtyEight, for example, put Joe Biden out front with Michael Bloomberg close behind. The few major California newspapers that have weighed in have backed Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg.

Below is a sampler of who is lining up behind whom in California. And below that: a scorecard of newspaper editorial boards' advice on the only statewide measure on the ballot, Proposition 13, which would create a $15 billion bond to build and repair schools.

Joe Biden

Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator
Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento mayor
Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles mayor

Michael Bloomberg

Sam Liccardo, San Jose mayor
Michael Tubbs, Stockton mayor
London Breed, San Francisco mayor

Pete Buttigieg

S.D. Union-Tribune editorial board
Toni Atkins, California Senate president pro tem
Eleni Kounalakis, California lieutenant governor

Amy Klobuchar

S.F. Chronicle editorial board
Mercury News editorial board
Linda Sanchez, Southern California congresswoman

Bernie Sanders

Eureka Times-Standard editorial board
Ro Khanna, Bay Area congressman
Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley mayor

Elizabeth Warren

Katie Porter, Orange County congresswoman
Scott Wiener, State senator from San Francisco
Lorena Gonzalez, Assemblywoman from San Diego

Note: Tom Steyer and Tulsi Gabbard appeared to have no significant endorsements in California.

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Proposition 13

Have questions? Here are voter guides from CalMatters, the L.A. Times, and the S.F. Chronicle. The official state guide is here.


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