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. ...

Newsletter: Greetings from the wine cave

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, Dec. 20, 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...

UC Berkeley keeps a lid on 2,000 protesters, allowing conservative commentator Ann Coulter to...

The protesters gathered 2,000 strong, demanding the crowd shut down a talk about immigration by right-wing commentator Ann Coulter at UC Berkeley this...

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...

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...

California’s greenhouse gas emissions rose slightly in 2018

California’s greenhouse gas emissions rose slightly in 2018 due largely to lower hydroelectric power use, according to a report released Monday by 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...

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...

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