Introducing New California Real Estate Coverage

ImageA one-bedroom, one-bathroom Sea Ranch house on 0.44 acres built in 1979.
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Today, The Times’s real estate editor, Vivian Toy, tells us about how her team is expanding its coverage of the Golden State:

The Times this week turns its eye toward real estate in California and introduces two new weekly columns: “What You Get in California” and “Living In.”

Every Monday, the “What You Get” column will feature three properties from around the state at a specific price point. This week, our reporter searched for $550,000 homes and settled on a studio apartment in the 1898 Castle Green in Pasadena, a modernist retreat at Sea Ranch and a bungalow with a guesthouse in the Bay Area.

[Read more about how Sea Ranch is getting updated to adapt to climate change and demographic shifts.]

Every Tuesday, the “Living In” column will focus on a different neighborhood in California and show readers what it would be like to live there — offering insight on housing options, schools, popular local hangouts and a bit of local lore. This week, our reporter visited the fast-changing neighborhood of Highland Parkin Los Angeles, describing how it became “the new Silver Lake.”

As a bonus this week, we also have an “On Location” column, which chronicles the way that a Los Angeles architect turned a 1955 Palm Springs house in need of renovation into an inviting weekend home for his family.


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  • Just two weeks after Pacific Gas & Electric shut off power to millions of people to prevent its equipment from potentially sparking a catastrophic fire, warm winds prompted the utility to begin notifying some customers that their power could be shut off later this week. [The San Francisco Chronicle]

If you missed it, here’s what it was like inside PG&E’s blackout control room. [The New York Times]

  • In Berkeley, a wildfire mitigation plan put together by a former professor at U.C. Berkeley recommends clearing some nonnative eucalyptus trees around the campus. A resident described it as “yet another attempt by a small group of native plant fanatics to attempt to influence the university to do their bidding.” [Berkeleyside]

  • A rapidly moving brush fire burned homes in the San Bernardino area. Crews were battling the blaze on Monday night. [The San Bernardino Sun]

  • Also, a fire in Pacific Palisades forced residents of about 200 homes to evacuate. [The New York Times]

  • Four parents, including a Hot Pocket heiress and a former chief executive of PIMCO were among four more parents who pleaded guilty in the college admissions scandal. “She already thinks I’m up to, like, no good,” one said of her daughter on a call recorded by the authorities. [The New York Times]

While the actress Felicity Huffman is already serving her sentence, Lori Loughlin is still awaiting her fate as one of the parents who denied the charges. Here’s what it was like at her first appearance in court. [The New York Times]

  • An Orange County man was arrested after the authorities say he pepper-sprayed a crowd protesting against President Trump at the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday. Video appears to show the man wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat and spraying a man who was lying on the ground in the face. [Santa Monica Daily Press]

  • Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out big plans to fix the housing crisis when he got elected. Almost a year into his term, he’s claiming he’s doing a good job. But many fixes have been left on the table. [The Los Angeles Times]

  • Facebook said it had found and taken down four state-backed disinformation campaigns originating in Iran and Russia. [The New York Times]

  • If you missed it, a study earlier this year found that older people were more likely to share false news stories on Facebook. [The New York Times]

  • “The Mass says to young black girls, You are part of what God had in mind when, during creation, God said, ‘It is good.’” What Mass is this? The Beyoncé Mass, of course, started by a reverend at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. [The New York Times]

  • The California-bred comedian and writer Ali Wong put together this very funny and very accurate guide to Asian restaurants. [Vulture]


They are Latino punks. They are also goth drag queens and lovers of techno and New Wave. They are trans, cisgender and everything in between.

They, my colleague Daniel Hernandez wrote in a moving essay, are the denizens of Club Scum, a monthly party at a gay bar in East L.A. that embraces the wide array of the region’s fringe and underground queer scenes.

Daniel wrote that going to Club Scum took him back to a different time in L.A., when it “felt like a place where wonderlands for any fancy beckoned from behind discreetly marked doors.”

And the photos, by Daniel Jack Lyons, are something to behold.


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Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has reported all over the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — but she always wants to see more. Follow along here or on Twitter, @jillcowan.

California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.


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