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Essential California: How Garcetti picked his police chief

Essential California: How Garcetti picked his police chief
  • Essential California: How Garcetti picked his police chief FWC: Essential California: How Garcetti picked his police chief

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, June 11, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Go inside the process of how L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti selected the new Los Angeles Police Department chief. He had been mulling the possibilities for…

  • The Actresses That Society Still Treats Like Second-Class Citizens FWC: The Actresses That Society Still Treats Like Second-Class Citizens

    Music, Movies &Moods is a monthly free-form column in which Matt Melis explores the cracks between where art and daily life meet. This time, he talks to adult-film actress Ginger Banks about the harmful stigma facing sex workers. Stories have been the story of the past several months. We’ve watched their tellers wield the power to nudge the long-inert wheels of…

  • Actor Jackson Odell dead at 20; coroner investigating cause FWC: Actor Jackson Odell dead at 20; coroner investigating cause

    The Los Angeles County coroner is investigating the death of actor Jackson Odell. Lt. Rudy Molano said Sunday that the 20-year-old was found unresponsive Friday at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Tarzana. Odell was in the 2011 film “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” and had a recurring…

  • Top U.S. and North Korean envoys hold last-minute talks in hopes of Singapore summit breakthrough FWC: Top U.S. and North Korean envoys hold last-minute talks in hopes of Singapore summit breakthrough

    Top U.S. and North Korean diplomats held last-minute talks Monday in hopes of securing a nuclear disarmament breakthrough when President Trump meets with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on Tuesday. Choe Son Hui, North Korea’s vice foreign minister, and Sung Kim, a U.S. envoy to the Philippines who led…

  • Obamacare used to be political poison for Democrats. Now they see it as a winning prescription — even in red states FWC: Obamacare used to be political poison for Democrats. Now they see it as a winning prescription — even in red states

    For years Democrats ran from the healthcare issue as though it were a heap of flaming rubble, which, politically speaking, it was. Passage of the Affordable Care Act cost them control of Congress, gave rise to the upstart tea party movement and helped install Donald Trump in the White House. But…

  • Will President Trump bring up North Korea's dreadful human rights record when he meets Kim Jong Un? FWC: Will President Trump bring up North Korea’s dreadful human rights record when he meets Kim Jong Un?

    Two South Korean broadcast reporters were arrested this week in Singapore after allegations of trespassing into the residence of North Korea’s ambassador while reporting on the lead-up to next week’s historic U.S.-North Korea summit, local police said. The men, ages 42 and 45, were arrested Thursday afternoon and face up to three months’ imprisonment and a $1,500 fine. Police did not…

  • Marshmello Unleashes Triple-Threat Collab with Vic Mensa & G-Eazy FWC: Marshmello Unleashes Triple-Threat Collab with Vic Mensa & G-Eazy

    Marshmello just hit us with a triple-threat collab between Vic Mensa, G-Eazy, and himself — but if you didn’t have the preface for this listen you probably wouldn’t know that it’s him on the beat! Mellogang hoping for that signature future bass sound won’t find so much as a trace of it on “Reverse.” The track rocks a straight up hip…

  • Give California’s top-two primary some more time, and if it doesn’t get better, junk it FWC: Give California’s top-two primary some more time, and if it doesn’t get better, junk it

    Like evolving insects, politicians have adapted and learned how to strategically use California’s top-two open primary system to help them survive. But voters have not adapted and don’t seem interested in doing so. They’re essentially ignoring the substantial election changes they approved eight…

  • Cruise ships are skipping parts of the island of Hawaii and its devastating volcano. But that may be changing FWC: Cruise ships are skipping parts of the island of Hawaii and its devastating volcano. But that may be changing

    No surprises here: Hawaii’s Big Island is getting snubbed by the cruise industry, and tourism officials aren’t happy about it. But things may be looking up for the island, which has been battered for more than a month by the Kilauea volcanic eruption. Five cruise lines changed their routes in the…

  • Kanye West plays Celebrity Family Feud: Watch FWC: Kanye West plays Celebrity Family Feud: Watch

    Kanye West had a hell of a birthday on Friday. He released his third album in two weeks (see: Kids See Ghosts), his basketball equivalent Steph Curry won the NBA Finals (hey, his words), and his go-to cartoon heroes Rick and Morty helped him blow out the candles (it was pretty great). It hardly stopped there: On Sunday evening, ABC provided…

  • 'Band's Visit' and 'Harry Potter' dominate Tony Awards with inspired creativity. Why theater needs more FWC: ‘Band’s Visit’ and ‘Harry Potter’ dominate Tony Awards with inspired creativity. Why theater needs more

    Revivals redeemed a lackluster Broadway year. But now that the Tony Awards have closed the book on the 2017-18 season, it will be easy for producers and press agents to spin a self-congratulatory narrative. “The Band’s Visit,” as arrestingly original a show as “Hamilton” and “Fun Home,” won the…

  • Today: The Road to Singapore FWC: Today: The Road to Singapore

    The stage is set for a summit between the U.S. and North Korea aimed at resolving the nuclear impasse and ending seven decades of official hostility. TOP STORIES The Road to Singapore President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have each landed in Singapore for their historic summit. For…