The city chose the artists. This month the City Council voted to restrict cannabis businesses from operating in locations previously used as work/live or residential spaces.
Alistair Monroe, a tenant who lives in the building with his 82-year-old father, says they are pleased with the City Council decision but fear that Green Sage could still evict tenants and use the building for other purposes.
“That would force the majority of us out of the city,” Mr. Monroe said. “We are truly about the creative process that makes the fabric and the richness of the soul of the city.”
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• The Trump administration is expected to begin an effort in coming days to weaken vehicle emission standards set by the Obama administration that would have cut oil consumption by about 12 billion barrels and put the United States at the forefront worldwide in the manufacture of electric and highly fuel efficient vehicles. California is preparing for a fight. Xavier Becerra, the attorney general, is vowing to stick with the stricter rules even if Washington rolls back federal standards. [The New York Times]
• A Latino boy in San Francisco’s public school system received all F’s from grade nine to the first semester of grade 12. It’s a stark example of what educators in the city euphemistically call the achievement gap. “Nothing has changed in years and years,” said the head of a community services center. “There’s no help. There’s no intervention.” [San Francisco Chronicle]
• The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a eulogy for Stephon Clark as Mr. Clark’s brother, Stevante, clutched Mr. Sharpton in grief. [Associated Press via US News]
• When Stephon Clark protesters shout in their faces, what’s a cop to do? [The Sacramento Bee]
• Tesla looked like the future. Now some are asking if it has one. [The New York Times]
• Judge Stephen Reinhardt, a liberal stalwart on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for nearly four decades, died Thursday. Among many other key decisions, he wrote a 2012 opinion striking down California’s gay marriage ban. [San Francisco Chronicle]
• Hector Barajas, a military veteran deported to Mexico in 2004 is getting U.S. citizenship following a pardon last year by Gov. Jerry Brown. [San Diego Union Tribune]
• They lived on opposite sides of Los Angeles, which made it a long-distance relationship. He was a middle-school teacher. She had health problems; she worried that her time was up and didn’t want to die a virgin. A Modern Love column was born. [The New York Times]
• In a proposed ruling, a Los Angeles judge has determined that coffee companies must carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process. [Associated Press via SFGate]
• It was the first day on the job for Cali Brown, California’s Deputy First Dog. The puppy is a bordoodle, a cross between a border collie and a poodle. [Twitter] Her appointment was announced here.
And Finally …
On baseball’s opening day Thursday the Giants beat the Dodgers 1-0. But it was just the start of a season for California teams with some high-profile additions to show off.
As everyone remembers, the last baseball season ended at Dodger Stadium, where the Houston Astros squeezed the life from the home team in Game 7 of the World Series. The Dodgers cut ties with the goat of that series — the twice-thrashed starter Yu Darvish, who signed with the Chicago Cubs — but retain a strong roster in pursuit of their first championship in 30 years.
Three of their California neighbors made some of the splashiest additions of the off-season. The San Francisco Giants traded for the cornerstones of two faraway teams, acquiring third baseman Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays and outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The San Diego Padres — rarely big spenders — gave out the richest contract on the free agent market, lavishing $144 million on an eight-year deal for first baseman Eric Hosmer, who won a World Series title and four Gold Gloves for the Kansas City Royals.
In Anaheim, the Los Angeles Angels scored a coup when Shohei Ohtani, a pitching and hitting sensation from Japan, chose them over the field. Ohtani had a rocky spring training, but he started at designated hitter in Oakland on opening day Thursday and is scheduled to make his pitching debut against the A’s on Sunday. The Angels have still not won a playoff game with the sublime Mike Trout on their roster, but they’ll try to change that with help from Ohtani and new infielders Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart.
The A’s have finished in the American League West cellar in each of the last three seasons, and two of their most promising young pitchers — Jharel Cotton and A.J. Puk — learned in spring training that they needed Tommy John surgery. Even so, the A’s made a few additions, including catcher Jonathan Lucroy and right fielder Stephen Piscotty, who could help them move up a spot or two.
As for the Dodgers, they will most likely face tougher competition in the National League West than the Padres and the Giants — especially after the Giants lost their ace, Madison Bumgarner, to a broken finger on his pitching hand last week. The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies both won wild cards last season, and could challenge the Dodgers’ attempt to win their sixth division title in a row.
Of course, for the Dodgers, winning the division is not the goal. The best pitcher on the planet, Clayton Kershaw, can opt out of his contract after the season. For all his individual success, Kershaw is missing the one thing Johnny Podres, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Fernando Valenzuela and Orel Hershiser all captured in Dodger blue: a championship ring.
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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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