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Good morning. It's Thursday, Oct. 3.
Today's edition: 13 items, < 4 minutes

Housing crisis sweeps inland as rents rise in Fresno.
Allyson Felix breaks a record held by Usain Bolt.
And a photo tour of L.A.'s finest Art Deco buildings.



President Trump held up a copy of an N.Y. Times report about Rep. Adam Schiff during a news conference at the White House on Wednesday.

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President Trump kept up his broadsides against Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat from Burbank, calling him "a lowlife" who "should resign from office in disgrace, and frankly, they should look at him for treason." The president seized on a N.Y. Times report that outlined how Schiff had gotten an early account of allegations that Trump abused his power. Schiff is now leading the impeachment inquiry.

"Big stuff. That's a big story," Trump said, waving a copy of the article and claiming, without evidence, that Schiff "helped write" the whistle-blower complaint. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from Bakersfield, declared Schiff got caught "orchestrating" the complaint, and that Democrats "rigged this process from the start." A Times reporter corrected McCarthy on Twitter: "Nope. Not what the NYT reported," he wrote. N.Y. Times | Washington Post


California cities will be allowed to establish public banks under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, making California the second U.S. state to permit the institutions. Supporters say public banks help projects in the public interest, such as affordable housing, by providing capital at interest rates below those of commercial banks. Critics say the ventures are risky and impractical. L.A. Times | Sacramento Bee


California's privacy law will apply to half a million U.S. businesses, including places like Starbucks.

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Starting next year, Californians will have the right to ask retailers, airlines, banks, and other companies what data they're keeping on them — and get it deleted. Thousands of business are scrambling to get ready for the landmark privacy law, spending millions on software and attorneys. Since it makes little sense for companies to maintain a separate protocol for non-Californians, some analysts anticipate the law will become a de facto national standard. Axios | Wall Street Journal


Lab tests confirmed that the red liquid in a menstrual cup thrown at lawmakers by an anti-vaccine protester in the California Senate chamber last month was indeed human blood. The Sacramento Bee said Rebecca Lee Dalelio, 43, of Boulder Creek, yelled "That's for the dead babies" after hurling the object. At least six lawmakers got hit. Dalelio was arrested. S.F. Chronicle | Sacramento Bee


In 1916, New York adopted a regulation that forced architects to create "setbacks" in skyscrapers, meaning they would need to step back as they rise to let sunlight reach the street. It led to the tiered Art Deco style and caught on in cities around the world. Curbed created a great photo tour of Los Angeles's 10 finest examples, including the Eastern Columbia Building, above. Curbed Los Angeles

Fun fact: Salinas has one of the largest collections of art deco and Moderne buildings in California. Why? Crop production meant Salinas was one of the few areas to thrive during the Great Depression, when the style flourished. The Californian |


Northern California


Cars are befouling the sea as well as the air.

The most comprehensive study ever conducted on microplastics in California found that a staggering 7 trillion tiny pieces of plastic wash from city streets into San Francisco Bay each year. About half of it appears to be tire particles. Researchers were stunned by the findings. "We were not anticipating such high levels," the study's lead author said. S.F. Chronicle | Mercury News


Housing costs are on the rise in Fresno, California's poorest big city.

By California standards, Fresno is a bargain. But newcomers priced out of pricier cities are driving up rents. Nearly 60 percent of renter households in Fresno are now considered "rent burdened," meaning that they spend at least 30 percent of their income on housing. Juliana Seguín, a mother of four, said her monthly rent increased from $850 to $1,550 since 2017. "If this is the Bay Area, then bring us the beach," she said. City Lab


The Environmental Protection Agency made good on President Trump's threat to issue an environmental violation notice against San Francisco. The agency accused the city of improperly discharging waste into the ocean and bay, a charge city officials said had no merit. San Francisco leaders have accused the administration of trying to inflate the city's problems in a bid to showcase a failed liberal agenda. "I don't quite understand the point they're trying to make here," a public utility official said. S.F. Chronicle | The Guardian


The Oakland Coliseum has been home to both the Raiders and Athletics.

When the Oakland Coliseum opened in 1966, it was hailed as a Brutalist gem. Today, as the Oakland Athletics forge ahead with an exit plan, it is perhaps America's most hated sports stadium. A fan penned a love letter: "Yes, the Coliseum is ugly, but it is cheap, gritty and fun." He added: "If Marlins Park is the flashy new nightclub, and Fenway Park and Wrigley Field are the historic pubs, the Coliseum is baseball's last dive bar." N.Y. Times


Southern California


Over the years, more than 60 beachfront homeowners in Newport Beach illegally extended their yards onto the public beach. Outraged that wealthy homeowners took public land, the Coastal Commission is now making the city tear the yards up. Homeowners could get fines as high as tens of thousands of dollars. O.C. Register


Allyson Felix, right, and Courtney Okolo celebrated their relay team win in Doha on Sunday.

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Allyson Felix, Los Angles native and USC alum, has broken Usain Bolt's record for the most gold medals at the track and field World Championships. On Sunday, she earned her 12th gold in the mixed-gender 4x400-meter relay. Oh, and she gave birth to a baby girl 10 months ago. CNN | CBS News

Felix on her treatment by Nike after becoming pregnant: "I asked Nike to guarantee that I wouldn't be punished if I didn't perform at my best in the months surrounding childbirth. ... Nike declined. We've been at a standstill ever since." N.Y. Times (May 22)


Los Angles officials announced that they were voiding nearly 2 million minor citations and warrants that had kept people trapped in the court system. The dramatic move is intended to ease the challenges faced by homeless people who have been repeatedly ticketed and arrested. L.A. Times | A.P.


The Beach Boys at the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles in 1962.

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"Surfin'" was recorded on this day in 1961. The Beach Boys' first single, it became a hit in Los Angeles, catapulting the band's career and creating a blueprint for what became known as the California Sound. But there were detractors. Brian Wilson had turned the composition in as a school assignment at Hawthorne High School. His teacher, Fred Morgan, gave it an F. It's unclear why. But 58 years later, Hawthorne's principal addressed the injustice. Last year, she officially changed the grade to an A. Consequence of Sound | Daily Breeze


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