“Anyone that walks through our doors, we are going to help them,” said Mr. Fugate, who owns the store with his partner, Tom Hamilton. “If they are Hispanic, and they need something, a book we don’t carry, yeah we’ll be happy to order it for them.” The same goes, he said, for the white woman who visits with a list of mystery books.
Still, he wants to preserve his store’s identity.
“Some people have said we should carry more Latino books,” he said. “But our focus isn’t as a black-Latino store. It’s as a black bookstore.”
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• The Supreme Court has declined to hear a Second Amendment challenge to a California law that imposes a 10-day waiting period on firearms purchases. The state has argued the waiting period allows time for background checks and provides a “cooling off” period for gun buyers who might wish to commit violence. [The New York Times]
• Residents of southeastern Los Angeles County are without a representative in the State Senate and Assembly because both of their legislators face allegations of improper conduct and are on leave. [The Los Angeles Times]
• Two California men have pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire. [The Associated Press]
• A judge has lifted a temporary restraining order against Orange County, allowing officials to begin evicting as many as 400 homeless people who live along the Santa Ana Riverbed. [Voice of OC]
• Qualcomm has increased its bid for a semiconductor company to $44 billion. It’s a move that could help the San Diego chip giant fend off a takeover attempt by Broadcom. [The Wall Street Journal]
• A group of artificial intelligence researchers have released a report that describes how the technology can be used to do harm. The report represents one of the first efforts to tackle the problem head-on. [The New York Times]
• California’s biggest disaster cleanup in a century is about 75 percent complete. But what do you do with 2 million tons of fire debris? [KQED]
• With about 35,000 students and a record number of admission applications rolling in, officials at San Diego State University say the main campus has run out of space. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]
• Kobe Bryant’s animated short film, “Dear Basketball,” is considered a favorite for an Academy Award. But some #MeToo activists say that a 2003 sexual-assault case against Mr. Bryant is reason enough not to reward him or his film. [The New York Times]
And Finally …
It’s been pretty cold this week — especially by California standards.
Temperatures at San Francisco International Airport fell to 36 degrees Tuesday morning — a record low for the day. The National Weather Service office in Oxnard put out a “hard freeze” warning for Southern California, anticipating temperatures between 24 and 28 degrees Wednesday morning. And similar conditions are expected in the San Joaquin Valley, where some have worried about the weather’s effect on Central Valley crops.
“Subfreezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely,” one notice said. “These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.”
But let’s not dwell on the bad news.
Another storm is on its way Thursday and Friday, and officials say it will sprinkle most of central California with up to an inch of much-needed rain. Some inland parts of the state could even get up to six inches of snow.
And although white powder may not be all that exciting to people in, say, Mammoth Lakes, this week’s frigid temperatures have provided a delightful surprise for children on the Central Coast who, local media reports note, have gotten to see snow for the very first time.
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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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