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An emailed statement by Roseburg’s general counsel, Stuart Gray, said the company was “disappointed” that the case against the residents had been dismissed and was considering an appeal.
Who owns the water? The Weed City Council and Roseburg will continue to battle it out in court.
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• “We are just getting started,” President Trump said in announcing a rollback of regulations on the environment, health care and financial services. “It is a mirage more than a miracle,” said
Xavier Becerra, the California attorney general. [The New York Times]
• Got $2.5 million or more? You still may have trouble finding a home in
Silicon Valley. [Mercury News]
• After a six-day preliminary hearing, an Alameda County Superior Court Judge ruled Thursday that
Derick Almena and
Max Harris, two former residents of the
Ghost Ship warehouse that burned a year ago, will go on trial for 36 counts each of involuntary manslaughter. [The Mercury News]
• A 32-year-old firefighter from the San Diego area died Thursday battling the Thomas fire in Ventura county, the second death related to the
Southern California fires. [San Diego Union-Tribune]
• Last week two worlds intersected when a cooking fire at a homeless encampment destroyed six homes and damaged a dozen others in the affluent neighborhood of
Bel-Air. [Los Angeles Times]
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• Moments after the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to roll back net neutrality regulations,
Scott Wiener, the state senator representing San Francisco, pledged to introduce legislation that would preserve open internet protections for consumers in California. [Los Angeles Times]
Kevin de León asked State Senator
Tony Mendoza, who is under investigation for sexual misconduct, to step away from his position. Mr. Mendoza’s reply: No. [The Sacramento Bee]
U.C.L.A. shattered its own record as the nation’s most popular college choice for high school seniors, attracting more than 113,000 freshman applications for fall 2018. [Los Angeles Times]
Lori Ajax, California’s marijuana czar, issued the first batch of temporary business licenses for the upcoming legal
marijuana market. Two businesses in the greater Bay Area were among the first to get them. [The Californian]
• Twenty-seven percent of California schoolchildren between 12 and 17 believe their peers see them as “
gender nonconforming.” [The Associated Press via KCRA]
And Finally ...
On Thursday we featured a conversation between two Times correspondents on whether the rivalry between Northern and Southern California was fading. The discussion drew a strong response from readers. Here are some excerpts:
— I’ve always thought that the Bay Area was politically more liberal and culturally more conservative while SoCal was politically more conservative and culturally more liberal. This is less pronounced now but still true. The new division is more urban/rural, coastal/inland, east/west than north/south. — Terry Burnes
— NorCal folks tend to be more intense — about everything. Food, recycling, art, politics. There is a seriousness to all aspects of life. SoCal lives up to its reputation as being generally more chill. Angelenos are like the catering trucks to San Francisco’s four-star dining. They’re just as awesome, only a bit messier. The two areas are like siblings; competitive, bickering, supportive, loving siblings. — Rachael Cudlitz
— Having lived many years in both Northern and Southern California, I think what is most striking is how oblivious the two halves are to each other on a day-to-day basis. In each place, the other is talked about very much like one would report on events on the other side of the country. — Marcia J. Bates
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— It is no surprise that San Francisco and L.A. don’t see a north-south rivalry. The are both highly democratic, densely populated, commercialized areas which impose taxes for their pet projects on the rest of the state. These areas control the state budget without needing or wanting any input from rural areas. If you really wanted to know about schisms in California you should have asked a reasonable State of Jefferson supporter. — Anita Paque.
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