California’s Essential Week in Review: Deadly Laguna Woods Shooting

Hello and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. He is Saturday May 21.

Here’s a look at the top stories from the past week

Shooting at Laguna Woods church leaves one dead. A shooter raided a lunch banquet at a Taiwanese church in Laguna Woods, killing one person and injuring five others on Sunday before worshipers attacked him and tied him up with an extension cord.

Bison shootout kills 10. As Buffalo residents put it horror, anger and grief In connection with a mass shooting that left 10 dead at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood on Sunday, local and federal officials said they are investigating the attack on a young white gunman as a felony of hatred and an act of “Racially Motivated Violent Extremism”.

Los Angeles hospitalizations are on the rise again. The case rate in the nation’s most populous county is now high enough to place it in the “medium” risk level. Officials had hoped that California could avoid significant increases in hospitalizations observed on the East Coast.

California parents affected by national formula shortage. A crisis has been deepening for months as millions of parents scramble to feed their children while the formula tablets are empty. Some Breastfeeding Parents Look to Their Own Bodies as a source of help.

Finding a place to rent in Los Angeles has become a competitive sport. Home bidding wars are a common ordeal, but for an apartment to rent? Apartment availability in Los Angeles and surrounding counties is so tight that some renters are paying above the list price.

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FBI tapes reveal who really runs Anaheim. FBI special agents said in documents that Anaheim “was tightly controlled by a small group of individuals,including Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu. A judge suspended the $320 million sale of Angel Stadium on Tuesday due to the corruption probe.

LAUSD expects listings to drop 30%. Los Angeles public school enrollment is expected to plunge over the next decade, leading to hard choices ahead about university programs, campus closures, jobs and employee benefits.

Prosecutors say a woman in prison ran a fraud scheme. Federal authorities have charged 13 people and arrested five in connection with a California unemployment insurance scheme they say has brought in at least $2 million under the direction of a state prison inmate.

Scientists discover new DDT chemicals in condors. A team of environmental health scientists has identified more than 40 DDT-related compounds that have been circulating in the marine ecosystem and accumulate in this iconic bird at the top of the food chain.

Dave offers free cash advances, but with a catch. West Hollywood’s financial app has an attractive pitch: a cash advance at no cost, even without a credit check. But users are see that the costs add up even with slick branding – it’s still a payday lender.

In the land of fires, Airbnb offers guests no warnings or plans. Across California, thousands of short-term Airbnb rentals operate in the most dangerous fire zones in the state.

What happened to Lora Lee Michel? A child actress in the 1940s, she was billed as a ‘sensation’ until a chain of events leads to the end of his life. Then she disappeared.

ICYMI, here are this week’s good reads

Will LA elect a billionaire as mayor? Although Los Angeles is known for its over-the-top wealth and glitz, the city’s mayors have usually been cut from a more modest fabric. If Rick Caruso wins, he will take office at a time when the gap between reality and fantasy of the properties he has developed has never been greater for many residents.

The 101 Best California Experiences. Right now, many of us are eager to explore. We are looking for new places and new ways to see old places. This is why Christopher Reynolds of The Times is offering a glimpse of his travel diary Through the Golden State: A hike through Sequoia National Park’s tallest trees, now flanked by last year’s ash and this spring’s blooms. A taste of 626 Night Market. The strange shapes of the San Luis Obispo Poly Canyon.

Why do so many apartments in Los Angeles lack refrigerators? Apartments here often lack refrigerators, pushing many tenants into an underground refrigerator economy familiar to generations of Angelenos. How LA became an aberration without a fridge is one of the region’s most mysterious and least delicious eccentricities.

Welcome to Portugal, the new expat paradise. Now go home. Among the mix of retirees, digital nomads and young families fed up with issues like housing and health care costs, Trumpian politics and pandemic politics, Californians are rising to prominence in a country once seen as Spain’s forgotten brother. They are also bringing gentrification with them.

Today’s newsletter of the week was curated by Laura Blasey. Please let us know what we can do to make this newsletter more useful to you. Send your comments, complaints and ideas to [email protected]

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