Good morning. It’s Friday, April 22.
|•||Kevin McCarthy discussed how to get rid of President Trump.|
|•||Sheryl Sandberg pressured the Daily Mail to bury a story.|
|•||And video shows Mike Tyson pummeling a plane passenger.|
Rep. Kevin McCarthy attended Congress hours after a mob tore into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
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In the days after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Rep. Kevin McCarthy told associates he was appalled by President Trump’s incitement and would push for him to resign. “I’ve had it with this guy,” he told a group of Republicans, according to an article drawing on reporting from a forthcoming book by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns. Yet the California politician never followed through. When only 10 House Republicans voted for impeachment, McCarthy changed course. By the end of the month, he was in Mar-a-Lago posing with Trump for a picture. N.Y. Times (gift article)
The L.A. Times editorial board endorsed a Republican for statewide office. Many Californians may balk at the idea, the board wrote, but the state needs an independent controller, the state’s chief fiscal officer, to check Democrats who have fallen short on goals for education, health care, and homelessness. “It’s time for a fresh lens,” they wrote. The board’s choice, Lanhee Chen, a public policy expert at Stanford University, vowed to use the office’s audit power to give programs letter grades.
No state does more to protect abortion access than California — and it’s going even further. Starting in 2023, all abortion-related services, including follow-up care, will be fully covered as a new law prohibits insurance policies from imposing copays or deductibles for the procedure. It’s the first of more than a dozen bills that state Democrats plan to pass this year in anticipation of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could overturn Roe v. Wade. One proposal would fund travel and lodging for abortion patients. CalMatters
Twin Lakes is nestled in a wooded canyon near Mammoth Lakes.
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Sometimes, lakes are best enjoyed from a distance. A parking area and viewpoint just down the way from Mammoth Mountain in the Eastern Sierra gazes out on two of the prettiest lakes in California. Twin Lakes, at 8,600 feet, is really one lake with a narrow choke point, filled with emerald water and surrounded by towering peaks. You can stay a while at picnic tables or spend the night at a lakeside campground. Mammothtrails.org
Sheryl Sandberg and Bobby Kotick attended the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in 2018.
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Sheryl Sandberg, Meta’s chief operating officer, pressured the digital edition of the Daily Mail to bury a story about an old restraining order against her then-boyfriend, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cited unnamed sources. Sandberg was worried that the story could harm her reputation as an advocate for women. Accounts conflicted about whether she invoked Facebook when communicating with the Mail, but executives said any intervention could be perceived as a threat. Wall Street Journal (free) | TechCrunch
On April 19, 2021, police officers in Alameda knelt on Mario Gonzalez’s back for nearly four minutes until he died. In December, the county coroner ruled the death a homicide. Yet this month, the district attorney announced that none of the officers would be charged. Gonzalez’s 5-year-old son still asks for him, said Edith Arenales, Gonzalez’s mother. “How do I explain that he’s not coming back. That they killed him?” she said. “It’s something they’ll never understand.” HuffPost
Mike Tyson’s spokesperson said he had “an incident” with an unruly passenger.
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“My boy just got beat up by Mike Tyson.”
TMZ published video showing Mike Tyson pummeling a fellow passenger on a plane at San Francisco International Airport Wednesday night. Prior to the beating, the unidentified passenger could be seen harassing the former heavyweight champion. Another passenger told SFGATE that she had seen the man making a commotion before boarding. “When I boarded the flight, I thought, ‘Oh no, that drunk guy is on our flight,'” she said. Police said they were investigating. SFGATE | TMZ
On this week’s California Sun Podcast, host Jeff Schechtman chats with John Markoff, a former New York Times technology writer and author of a new book on Stewart Brand, best known as editor of the “Whole Earth Catalog.” Brand, now 83, has been a serial visionary — an Army veteran, photographer, writer, and business consultant who came to define a California state of mind that holds sway to this day.
Masks will have to go back on at Los Angeles International Airport after a brief halt to the mandate.
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Los Angeles County officials on Thursday reinstated mandatory masking on public transport, adopting rules that go beyond those set by the state. The mask order applies to trains, buses, taxis, and ride-hailing services, as well as airports, bus terminals, and train stations. Barbara Ferrer, the county public health director, said the policy adhered to guidance from the CDC, which has objected to a judge’s order voiding the federal mask mandate. “They are experts,” Ferrer said. L.A. Times | LAist
Florida lawmakers on Thursday voted to revoke Disney World’s long-held designation as a special tax district, a gift to Gov. Ron DeSantis in his feud with the Burbank company over a Florida law that critics call “Don’t Say Gay.” It was a stunning turn for a company that employs 38 lobbyists in Florida’s capital, gives generously to candidates of both parties, and annually generates more than $5 billion in local and state tax revenue. “If Disney wants to pick a fight, they chose the wrong guy,” DeSantis wrote. N.Y. Times | A.P.
A Los Angeles health care company agreed to pay more than $20 million to settle accusations that it handed out hundreds of faked coronavirus test results. Prosecutors said Sameday Technologies sent hundreds of phony negative results when unable to deliver on promised quick turnaround times. Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer called the conduct “beyond outrageous.” Sameday said it “failed to meet the standards for excellence our customers deserve.” L.A. Times | City News Service
In case you missed it
“Fillmore District, San Francisco,” 1949.
Minor White/Princeton University Art Museum
Five items that got big views over the past week:
|•||The celebrated photographer Minor White set out to find the essence of postwar San Francisco, making hundreds of evocative black-and-white images — beggars, children playing, members of the upper class with their suits and smokes. See a selection. 👉 California Sun|
|•||At the confluence of the San Joaquin and Tuolumne rivers sits a property being redesigned to look like it did 150 years ago. The 2,100 acres is California’s largest floodplain restoration project, part of a broad push to allow engorged rivers to flow onto the land, boosting traditional ecosystems. A.P.|
|•||Capt. Kevin Larson was one of the best drone pilots in the U.S. Air Force. But he did not pick the targets, and sometimes they did not seem right. The job left him haunted. After a drug arrest and court-martial, Larson fled into the Mendocino County wilderness. N.Y. Times (gift article)|
|•||The 1974 photo book “Pumping Iron” and the 1977 documentary of the same name showcased the strange characters of the bodybuilding world — chief among them, a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here are the photos that introduced him to the world. 👉 New Yorker|
|•||On Nov. 12, 2019, doctors at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek began surgery to remove a cancerous portion of a 2-year-old girl’s liver. Within 10 hours, she was dead. It’s since been revealed that a former medical director had warned the hospital that it was ill-equipped to handle the procedure. S.F. Chronicle|
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