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Good morning. It's Friday, June 22.

Lawmakers push year-round daylight saving time.
A horrific dog attack against a woman and her toddler.
And using data for "predictive policing" in Los Angeles.

The lede


Daylight debate

U.C. Berkeley's Sather Tower is bathed in the glow of a summer solstice sunset.

Daylight saving time was invented as a money saver. An extra hour of evening sunlight, the reasoning went, would help conserve candles and kerosene.

More than a century later, the case for changing clocks twice a year is less certain.

State lawmakers have now advanced a measure that could let Californians vote in November on whether to continue the practice. It's on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

If it gets the go-ahead and voters approve the ballot measure, the legislature could then put California on daylight saving time year-round, dispensing with the “fall back” of November. Informal polls have shown broad support for an immutable time, favoring the added hour of sunshine in the evenings.

Critics worry, for one thing, about the potential headaches for companies that conduct business across state lines.

Read more in the S.F. Chronicle and Sacramento Bee



California lawmakers included $100 million in the state budget to create one big online community college. It will get another $20 million annually. "We're targeting what we call 'stranded workers,'" an education official said. The idea is to retrain people whose jobs are doomed to be eliminated by automation.


Nutria were thought to have been eradicated from California in the 1960s. Now they're back.

"Thirty years from now, if we do nothing, there will be hundreds of thousands to millions of these things." Wildlife officials are racing to eradicate an invasive swamp rodent known as nutria in the San Joaquin Valley. The creature, about the size of a beaver, multiplies rapidly and can turn lush marsh into a wasteland.


Marvin Bagley III, of Duke, is coming to Sacramento.

Charlie Neibergall/A.P.

The N.B.A. draft was held on Thursday. Here's how's California made out:

The Kings used the second-overall pick to draft Duke forward Marvin Bagley III. Standing 6-foot-11, he impressed the team with his studiousness and aggressive play. He also has hops: 40 1/2 inches. Sacramento Bee
The Warriors chose Cincinnati junior forward Jacob Evans with the No. 28 pick. The team was looking for someone who could shore up its wing depth. The Warriors' general manager said Evans is "versatile and tough." ESPN
The Clippers picked up a pair of 6-foot-6 guards — Kentucky's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Boston College's Jerome Robinson. They will try to form a backcourt of the future for Los Angeles. L.A. Times
The Lakers used their No. 25 pick to add Moritz Wagner, a German big man who played for Michigan. He led that team with 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season. He also shot nearly 40 percent from three. A.P.


Highway 1 is poised to reopen along the Big Sur coast next month after the worst landslide in state history last May. Here are two itineraries for a classic road trip along the coast-hugging highway with essential stops along the way.

Northern California


Koko with her teacher, Dr. Penny Patterson.

The Gorilla Foundation

Koko died at 46. The San Francisco-born gorilla mastered sign language and helped change the world's views about animal intelligence. She died in her sleep at a preserve in the Santa Cruz mountains. As the news broke, an old video was shared widely that showed Koko mourning the death of her pet kitten, All Ball.


The share of children in San Francisco fell to 13 percent last year, the lowest percentage of any American city. But families don't flee cities merely for cheaper rent. They crave right-sized housing, accessible parks, and affordable childcare. "If children are not designed into our cities," an urbanist wrote, "they are designed out.”


In the five years starting in 2010, San Mateo County added 72,000 new jobs and 3,844 new homes. That's 19 new jobs for every home. The result: increasingly dire conditions for the county's low-income workers, who move farther away to find affordable housing and spend more time in traffic.


A satellite view of the smoke from the Northern California firestorm last October.

European Space Agency

PG&E warned that it would be liable for $2.5 billion in damages after being blamed for sparking the Wine Country wildfires, among the most destructive blazes in California history. The utility is facing nearly 200 lawsuits. But Wall Street may have been expecting worse. The company's stock rose on Thursday.


Intel, one of the most predictable players in tech, blindsided Silicon Valley with the announcement that its chief executive resigned after the chipmaker found that he had a consensual relationship with an employee. Since the #MeToo movement emerged, corporate America has been under intense pressure to get rid of toxic workplace behavior.

Southern California


In a horrifyingly random attack, two Rottweilers in a backyard near San Diego escaped their kennel, hopped a fence, then darted after a woman pushing a stroller down the sidewalk. They tore into the woman and her 2-year-old boy, who suffered bite wounds to his head, face, and arm. Both victims are expected to survive. The dogs were seized.


The Los Angeles police have been using technology from a shadowy data analysis company to surveil "probable offenders." They call it “predictive policing." The city says the approach efficiently targets resources and helps reduce crime. Critics say it creates a “racist feedback loop.”


"Roseanne" is returning — without Roseanne Barr. Weeks after ABC canceled the revival of the show because of a racist tweet by Barr, the network is going ahead with a spinoff featuring the Conner family that will not include her. Barr will receive no payment for the series. “I wish the best for everyone involved,” she said.


The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills has been led in a subtly radical artistic direction.

"Way more people are going to way more work — and that’s counter to what all the other trends are telling us nationally. It’s huge." Los Angeles has been asserting itself as a formidable town for the performing arts. Complementing the old lions are new venues that make room for local indie groups and sometimes startling fare.

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A Beverly Crest mansion hit the market with a 5,000-square-foot master suite, 155-foot infinity pool, and parking for 80 cars. Asking price: $135 million. If it sells for that much, the transaction would be the highest price ever paid for a home in Los Angeles County. Curbed Los Angeles
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