The project was opposed by many environmentalists who contended that the tunnels would do significant damage to one of the most pristine parts of the state. And it played into the geographic water tensions that have roiled this state for generations, dramatic enough to be the subject of a movie.
There is a certain historic symmetry to this. When he was governor, Pat Brown, Mr. Brown’s father, championed the California State Water Project, which created much of this water network. It was central to California’s expansion, and to Pat Brown’s legacy. The vote may have helped not only to protect his water legacy, but to establish one for his son as well.
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• Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, began the first of two marathon hearings, answering tough questions on the company’s mishandling of data in a series of debacles over the past year. [The New York Times]
• Click through for a fact check of what Mr. Zuckerberg said about Facebook, privacy and Russia. [The New York Times]
• For someone who has made a professional and personal signature out of the plain gray tee and jeans, Mr. Zuckerberg’s suit signified something of an apology. [The New York Times]
• Delaine Eastin, the only credible female candidate in the governor’s race, has struggled to garner attention but is planning to visit all of California’s 58 counties. [The Los Angeles Times]
• Ms. Eastin challenged her rivals to pledge equal pay and hiring parity between men and women on their staffs, if elected. [The Los Angeles Times]
• Gov. Jerry Brown endorsed Senator Dianne Feinstein’s re-election on Tuesday. [The Los Angeles Times]
• The Sacramento Police Department has clarified its body camera policy amid anger over muted cameras following the Stephon Clark shooting. [The Associated Press]
• Three weeks after Mr. Clark’s death, the man who called to report vandalism said the death “makes me never want to call 911 again.” [The Sacramento Bee]
• A recently released tape shows Sheriff Donny Youngblood of Kern County making controversial comments about police officers using deadly force: “When a deputy shoots somebody, which way is better financially? To cripple them or kill them, for the county?” [The Los Angeles Times]
• A police commission voted unanimously to clear L.A.P.D. officers who shot a man who was carrying a toy gun. [The Los Angeles Times]
• Consumers bought far fewer marijuana products than projected in the first two months after it was legalized, according to an analysis. [The Sacramento Bee]
And Finally …
Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Capitol Hill was highly anticipated in both Silicon Valley and Washington, and the internet was along for the ride Tuesday.
There was plenty of jeering and cheering throughout the day, some inside the room and a lot more online. In one particular exchange that caught people’s attention, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah asked Mr. Zuckerberg if it was his intention to keep Facebook free. Mr. Zuckerberg responded affirmatively.
“Well, if so, how do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?” Mr. Hatch asked. A slight pause followed.
“Senator, we run ads,” responded Mr. Zuckerberg, his mouth suddenly curling into a big smile. Others in the room laughed. The internet dug in.
Mr. Hatch’s staff, tweeting later from his official account, posted a longer video of the exchange and prodded some reporters online to look at the whole comments in context. His question, his staff members suggested, were sarcastic and part of a larger point.
“To my mind, the real issue here is transparency, it’s consumer choice. Do users understand what they’re agreeing to when they access a website or agree to terms of service?” he said. (That video received less circulation.)
Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois asked Mr. Zuckerberg if he would be comfortable sharing the hotel where he was staying in Washington.
“No. I would probably not choose to do that publicly here,” Mr. Zuckerberg said.
“I think that may be what this is all about,” Mr. Durbin said. “Your right to privacy. The limits of your right to privacy.”
Senator John Cornyn of Texas asked about Facebook’s former motto: “Move fast and break things.” Mr. Zuckerberg noted it had been changed.
“I don’t know when we changed it,” he replied, “but the mantra is currently ‘move fast with stable infrastructure,’ which is a much less sexy mantra.”
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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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