Newsletter: Meet the neon-haired L.A. teen who just made Grammy history

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Nov. 21, and I’m writing from Los Angeles. ...

Review: ‘Prison Truth’ takes readers inside San Quentin’s inmate-run newspaper

California operated just eight prisons for men in 1970, when William J. Drummond, a pioneering young African American investigative journalist at the Los...

L.A. City Council: Kevin de León is underdog turned big dog

Two years ago, former California state Senate leader Kevin de León waged a longshot campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic...

Drop the SAT and ACT as a requirement for admission, top UC officials say

The chancellors of UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, along with the University of California’s chief academic officer, said they support dropping the...

For 2020 candidates, eating tacos is the kissing babies of stumping for Latino votes

There he was, another candidate with White House dreams, shaking hands and exchanging hugs in a gaudy Mexican restaurant, careful not to stain...

L.A.’s new homeless shelters at risk in city-county fight

It took months to get off the ground, but Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plan to build a homeless shelter in every City...

Northern California braces for fire weather as Southland expects rain

Dangerous fire weather is returning to broad swaths of Northern California at the same time as Southern California is expecting its first winter...

Cliff Hall, an inventor who photographed Los Angeles high society, dies at 94

When Cliff Hall wasn’t documenting lavish parties in Bel-Air and Beverly Hills, the society photographer dreamed of ways to solve Los Angeles’ most...

U.S. government sues LADWP over Creek fire

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power equipment was responsible for one of several fires that broke out in Southern California in late...

Kobe Bryant’s girls are dealing with their father’s sudden, untimely death. My daughters did...

I was in the grocery store when the news landed in a text message from a friend. “Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter...

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