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Good morning. It's Friday, Nov. 22.
Today's edition: 14 items, < 4 minutes

Low-level offenses land kids in juvenile hall.
Bid for Trump's tax returns is shot down.
And photos of San Francisco's cultural legacy.



A Chronicle investigation found young people doing major time for minor crimes.

Ricardo DeAratanha/L.A. Times via Getty Images

With youth crime way down, authorities say California's juvenile halls now hold mostly serious and violent criminals. But that's not true, an investigation found. Nearly a third of the children in the state's juvenile halls are there for probation violations or minor offenses, like skipping school or drinking alcohol. S.F. Chronicle


California's Supreme Court struck down a new law that would have forced President Trump to release his tax returns to get on the 2020 primary ballot. The documents could provide valuable information to voters, the Supreme Court's chief justice acknowledged. But requiring them violates a constitutional mandate that the ballot be open and inclusive. "Ultimately," she wrote, "it is the voters who must decide." A.P. | CALmatters


Many species of bird and fish rely on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

California is preparing to sue the Trump administration over proposed rules that would divert more water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to farms in the Central Valley. Environmental groups have fiercely opposed the Trump plan, saying it would further strain a fragile ecosystem. Republican leaders called the planned litigation "a direct attack on California's hardworking farmers." Sacramento Bee | A.P.


On this week's California Sun Podcast, host Jeff Schechtman talks with John Dunbar, the newly elected president of the League of California Cities. Asked how California's disasters are shaping public perceptions of the state, Dunbar cited the hurricanes and tornadoes that other regions face. "Every year, they recover, they rebuild, and they are resilient," he said. "California is equally if not more resilient." California Sun Podcast

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For a clear view of the heavens, astronomers try to get as far away as possible from the city. Big Pine in the Eastern Sierra fits the bill. There, the Owens Valley Radio Observatory, or the "big ears" as locals call it, is probing the mysteries of star formation. Los Angeles photographer Kevin Greene captured this mesmerizing time-lapse. @thekevingreene/Instagram


Northern California


Two homeless mothers are squatting in a vacant home in Oakland — and they're not being quiet about it. The women are part of a group calling for unused homes to be turned over to shelter the homeless. "This home was stolen from the black community in the subprime mortgage crisis, and it's been sitting vacant for nearly two years," Dominique Walker said. Curbed San Francisco | Mercury News


A wheel loader moved recyclables at a San Francisco recycling facility in 2008.

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"Zero waste" might seem like an impossible dream, but San Francisco isn't giving up. Out of the city's annual 900,000 tons of discarded material, it diverts more for reuse than it sends to landfills. It's a rare feat, accomplished through a combination of high tech, behavior modification, and sheer political will. Politico Magazine


A trade association sued Berkeley over the city's first-in-the-nation ban on natural gas in new construction. The California Restaurant Association said the law would harm restaurants that rely on gas, for example, to heat up woks or prepare flame-seared meats. Berkeley said it would vigorously fight the challenge. S.F. Chronicle | Reuters


Fred Lyon

In San Francisco, cradle of cultural change, the jazz-infused 1940s gave way to the Beat Generation of the '50s, which gave way to the hippie power of the '60s. Here are three great photo collections on those periods:

Fred Lyon's moody black-and-white images conjure an era of fedoras and smoky jazz joints. California Sun
Photos excavated from newspaper archives recall the bearded, turtlenecked Beatniks, as named by Herb Caen. S.F. Chronicle
Jim Marshall was in the right place at the right time to capture the genesis of the Haight-Ashbury scene. Vintage Everyday

Southern California


The weapon used in last week's shooting at a Santa Clarita high school was an untraceable "ghost gun," assembled from parts with no serial number, officials said. Such guns have been a growing problem for law enforcement because the parts are easily obtained and the guns take little expertise to build. L.A. Times | CNN


Gallagher, in Iraq in 2017, was charged but acquitted of war crimes in the death of a captured Islamic State fighter in Iraq. He was convicted of posing with a corpse.

President Trump intervened to halt the ouster of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher from the Navy SEALS. "The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin," he tweeted. "This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!" The tweet came an hour after one of Gallagher's attorneys appeared on Fox & Friends. NPR | S.D. Union-Tribune


George Gascón left his job as district attorney of San Francisco to seek the same role in Los Angeles County. In an unsubtle jab, San Francisco Mayor London Breed just endorsed his opponent. Gascón said his relationship with Breed went downhill after he refused to review her brother's prison sentence. S.F. Chronicle | L.A. Times


Bunnyhenge, a public artwork at Newport Beach's Civic Center, has been controversial. Among the fans are children and fun-loving adults. Opponents of government waste have railed against their $221,000 pricetag. The bunnies have been silent, even if some people speculate that they plot world domination when nobody is within earshot. Atlas Obscura


In case you missed it


"Rodeo Drive, 1984" showcases the heady consumption of 1980s Beverly Hills.

Anthony Hernandez

Five items that got big views over the past week:

A photographer captured the big hair, wide shoulders, and cinched waists of shoppers on Rodeo Drive in 1984. feature shoot
Researchers have suggested America contains three distinct regional personalities, including a relaxed, creative, and open-minded West. The Atlantic
The cannabis bubble has burst, and the flameout looks almost as bad as the dot-com bust. Bloomberg
Here's the insane, and grippingly told, story of how the NBA's most unlikely heist came crashing down. ESPN
Elephants squealed and frolicked in the mud at San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It's a joy to behold. @sdzsafaripark/Instagram

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The California Sun is written by Mike McPhate, a former California correspondent for the New York Times.

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