California Today: A Tax Bill Test For State Republicans

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Mr. McCarthy said in a statement Wednesday that the tax bill was filled with provisions, such as eliminating the alternate minimum tax and raising the standard deduction, that would ease the tax burden on Californians, who already endure high state income taxes. He noted that the Democratic-controlled state legislature had just raised gas taxes.

“Their newfound concern for the high tax burden is laughable,” Mr. McCarthy said. “Each California member — Republican or Democrat — should be dead set on simplifying our tax code, and returning tax relief and a healthier economic environment to propel our state and our country.”

Samuel L. Popkin, a political scientist at the University of California at San Diego, said Mr. McCarthy had made a choice as he sought to balance this clash of Washington and California agendas. “In a normal year, McCarthy would be more concerned about California and growing the delegation,” he said. “In this world, they are just desperate to get anything passed so they can tell people they got something passed.”

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Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty in an image from “All the Money in the World.” His scenes will be reshot with Christopher Plummer playing Getty. Credit Sony -TriStar Pictures, via Associated Press

• The fallout for

Kevin Spacey continues in Hollywood. In a highly unusual move, the director of a finished movie, “All the Money in the World,” decided to remove him and refilm scenes with a substitute. Mr. Spacey, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault, was to play the reclusive oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. [The New York Times]

• A

“skid row south” has emerged along the banks of the Santa Ana River in Orange County. Now officials are cracking down. [The Los Angeles Times]

• Cannabis businesses often rely on cash because most banks won’t handle their money. So how will the state collect taxes when recreational cannabis becomes legal next year? The state treasurer has an idea:

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rmored cars. [The San Francisco Chronicle]

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Arjay Miller, left, visiting a Ford dealership in Denmark in the 1960s.

Arjay Miller, who was the president of Ford Motor Company before he switched to academia and became dean of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford, died on Friday at his home in Woodside. [The New York Times]

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• A man who ran the expansive parking lots at the

Department of Veterans Affairs’ campus in West Los Angeles swindled the agency out of $11 million and spent the money on condominiums, a racing boat and vintage cars. [The Associated Press]

• Hopping hastily into a double-parked Uber or Lyft has become an integral part of the ride-share experience. But San Francisco will soon try herding passengers into

pickup zones as part of an experimental program. [SFGate.com]

• If ground transportation isn’t for you, just wait until 2020. By then, Uber says

flying taxis — electric aircraft, really — will shuttle passengers over L.A.’s congested streets. [The Los Angeles Times]

• Last year, Apple fought the F.B.I. when the law enforcement agency wanted its help

unlocking the iPhone used by the gunman in the San Bernardino terrorist attack. Now, a similar skirmish may be brewing after the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Tex. [The New York Times]

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Mr. Lanier at home playing a vertical bass flute. Credit Kevin Hagen for The New York Times

• Meet Jaron Lanier, the “

father of virtual reality.” The 57-year-old computer scientist, musician and writer lives in Berkeley — and he’s the most unusual person Maureen Dowd says she’s ever met. [The New York Times]

• Our nation’s

beaches are disappearing at alarming rates. But according to The Surfrider Foundation’s annual report, California is showing other states the ways the coast can be saved. [The Orange County Register]

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The Playboy Mansion in 2006. A Los Angeles City Councilman wants to make it historic landmark. Credit Gabriel Bouys/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The Playboy Mansion is known worldwide as the longtime home of magazine mogul Hugh Hefner and the lavish setting for his debaucherous parties.

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Now, a Los Angeles city councilman wants to formally make the mansion a so-called, historic-cultural monument — but perhaps not for the reasons you’d assume.

The mansion, built in the Holmby Hills neighborhood in the 1920s, is a “14th Century Gothic-Tutor imitation,” said the councilman, Paul Koretz. Its noted architect designed the home for the son of Arthur Letts, the founder of the once-famous Broadway department store.

It would be several more decades before Playboy acquired the 5.3-acre property and altered its identity.

“I think the neighborhood is really asking for the preservation because of the home and its older history,” Mr. Koretz said. Neighbors’ feelings about the mansion’s ties to the magazine, and Hefner, he acknowledged, may be more of a “mixed bag.”

In pragmatic terms, Mr. Koretz said landmarking the mansion matters because it would make the 22-room house more difficult to demolish. The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote on whether to give it the historic designation sometime within the next six months.

“What the council does, you can’t always predict,” Mr. Koretz said. “But the community seems to be strongly behind it.”

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

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