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By California requirements, it’s not likely that many: Voters will confront a dozen completely different initiatives on the November poll. But for greater than a century, a number of the largest insurance policies within the state have been enacted on the poll field, and this 12 months is not any completely different. So right here’s an early have a look at a number of the initiatives we’re going to watch.
Gas tax repeal: Count on this being the largest initiative battle this fall. Opponents have gathered sufficient signatures to overturn the gasoline tax handed by the Legislature to pay for $5 billion in street and bridge upkeep yearly. Gov. Jerry Brown will lead the protection: He has embraced this as his last combat earlier than he retires, warning repeal would upend a plan important to the state’s financial system. Opponents (and there are lots of of them) say taxes are excessive sufficient and California ought to discover one other method to pay for wanted restore. The repeal measure is being financed partly by nationwide Republicans seeking to enhance turnout in important congressional elections.
Dividing California: Put this within the class of sexy-but-unlikely: An initiative financed by Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, to divide California into three states (Northern California, Southern California and California). The concept is to make it extra governable. This would wish to get a) permitted by voters b) ratified by the State Legislature and c) permitted by Congress.
Daylight saving time: Californians are voting on a plan to make daylight saving time everlasting: No extra turning again the clock. This is one other one that may require federal approval ought to voters determine they need extra mild within the night.
Rent management: At a time when housing prices in California are skyrocketing, this initiative — backed by tenant teams — would restore to native communities the facility to impose lease management. This may very well be one other large, costly battle, performed out in opposition to the context of what this state can do to each cut back housing prices and create extra housing.
Water bond: And what would a California poll be with no bond proposal? This time it’s a $four billion bond to pay for water initiatives in a state that’s going through rising demand (and diminishing provides) of water.
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• The leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected president of Mexico in a landslide victory that upended the nation’s political institution. [The New York Times]
• Two fires are raging throughout Lake, Napa and Yolo Counties. One of them, the County Fire, has scorched greater than 32,000 acres. [The San Francisco Chronicle]
• Thousands of protesters took to the streets of California over the weekend to precise outrage over President Trump’s immigration insurance policies. [The Los Angeles Times]
• The two males charged with involuntary manslaughter within the Ghost Ship warehouse hearth that killed 36 folks have reached a plea deal. [East Bay Times]
• A Cal Poly Pomona public security specialist was fatally stabbed on campus by a person who was later shot and killed by the police. [The Riverside Press Enterprise]
• California cities and counties will likely be banned from creating taxes on soda and different sugary drinks for greater than a decade below a measure signed by Governor Brown. [The Sacramento Bee]
• Francisco J. Ayala, one of many world’s most outstanding evolutionary biologists and a significant benefactor of the University of California, Irvine, has resigned his place there following allegations of sexual harassment. [The New York Times]
• A California man has been charged with threatening to kill the household of Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, over the repeal of internet neutrality guidelines. [The New York Times]
• The United States Senate’s three black members — together with Kamala Harris — launched a invoice that may make lynching a federal hate crime. [The New York Times]
• Jahi McMath, who was for years on the middle of the talk over mind loss of life, has died. [The Associated Press]
• Skip Chasey had lengthy led an brazenly double life as a “master” in Los Angeles’s’s BDSM group and as considered one of Hollywood’s prime dealmakers. But then a role-playing encounter involving plastic wrap went horrifically improper. [The Hollywood Reporter]
• Our reporter took a daylong tour of Tesla’s Fremont plant. It revealed how the corporate is attempting to interrupt with commonplace auto-industry practices all alongside the Model three meeting strains. [The New York Times]
• Pacific Gas and Electric Company is searching for permission to have an organization construct the world’s largest battery. [The Wall Street Journal]
• Computer scientists at Stanford University and Google have created know-how that may observe time right down to 100 billionths of a second. It may very well be simply what Wall Street is in search of. [The New York Times]
• Tech elites are discovering solace within the intimate salons often known as songversations. They’re arduous to elucidate. Just learn the story. [The New York Times]
• A household of 4 can now make $117,400 in three counties across the Bay Area, and nonetheless be thought of “low income.” [The New York Times]
• The metropolis of Oakland has been utilizing Tuff Sheds as transitional housing for individuals who’ve been dwelling on the streets. [KQED]
Coming Up This Week
• You can rejoice the 4th of July at a “block party” in L.A.’s Grand Park on Wednesday.
• The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts kicks off on Thursday.
• The Monterey Beer Festival is on Saturday.
And Finally …
O.Okay. So can we get again to LeBron now, please?
N.B.A./Lakers/Los Angeles Twitter continues to be smoldering this morning after being lit ablaze by the information of LeBron’s determination late Sunday. ESPN helpfully rounded up the response and arranged it into neat classes. But right here’s a sampling if you happen to don’t need to click on:
• Chrissy Teigen: “@KingJames welcome to LA! Friday is sundown rosé, laser facials on Monday. the remainder of the week is working into folks you don’t like at soho home”
• Arnold Schwarzenegger, by way of video: “LeBron, welcome to Los Angeles. This is so exciting that you’re coming to the city of stars. And you’re, without any doubt, going to be the biggest star of all — on the court and off the court.”
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