So when Ms. Harris ducks questions about her national ambitions — she has been rumored as one of many Democrats considering a presidential run in 2020 — the implication is quite clear.
“I’m absolutely not thinking about that at all,” she said on a podcast this year, when asked by David Axelrod whether she would rule out running on a national ticket in three years.
A lawyer might point out that this is a few beats short of a “no.”
In an article today in The New York Times, I took a look Ms. Harris’s first six months in the Senate and the complicated balancing act she faces as a freshman with great expectations and backbench status in the age of Trump.
She is trying to build her profile as an opposition force to President Trump while observing at least some traditional Senate norms for newcomers. Among them: She would not agree to be interviewed for the article — in part, it seems, to avoid any suggestion that she is courting attention.
The Times tried anyway, to little effect. At a congressional softball game last month, I approached Ms. Harris, identified myself and was politely informed that she would gladly discuss the game and the game only. She was persuaded to expand the dialogue to: her new Spotify playlist (“There’s some good stuff in the ’80s and then there’s some stuff that just wasn’t so great”) and an aide’s new puppy, before heading off to the lawmakers’ dugout.
Before she got away, I asked about the pink pom-pom in her hand. “I was never a cheerleader in school,” she said, “so I thought, it’s never too late.”
Democrats do not expect her to stay on the sidelines often.
(Please note: We regularly highlight articles on news sites that have limited access for nonsubscribers.)
• Gov. Jerry Brown, in defiance of President Trump, plans to call for a global climate meeting in San Francisco. [The New York Times]
• California and Texas are at each other’s throats. Mr. Trump is one reason why. [Politico]
• David Hadley, a former Republican assemblyman, joined the race to be California’s next governor. [Los Angeles Times]
• Cartels have increasingly turned to trafficking on the high seas. Coast Guard cutters like the Stratton, based in Alameda, are struggling to keep pace. [The New York Times]
• From toilet to tap: Some California officials are getting serious about recycling wastewater for drinking. [The Mercury News]
• The Delta tunnels project — “It’s a water grab, pure and simple, by the Central Valley and Los Angeles areas.” [Opinion | East Bay Times]
• A heat wave moving through Southern California is expected to break records on Friday. [Los Angeles Times]
• An old San Francisco townhouse has become home to tech’s version of the Bloomsbury Set. [The New York Times]
• The Model 3 is a critical test for Elon Musk and his plan to turn Tesla into a producer of mass-market electric cars. [The New York Times]
• Pinterest has 175 million active users. It wants to show advertisers it can run with the big dogs. [The New York Times]
• Ray Romano: “I always say, if my father had hugged me once, I’d be an accountant right now.” [The New York Times]
• Photos: A look at life in Vallejo as it grapples with extremes of wealth and poverty. [Topic]
• Five examples of what $775,000 gets you in Los Angeles. [Curbed Los Angeles]
And Finally …
The Central Coast misses out on some of the big-name live entertainment that people might take for granted in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
So it was big news last month when the California Mid-State Fair, in Paso Robles, announced that country star Garth Brooks would join its lineup on July 27.
The nearly 15,000 available tickets sold out in a blistering 30 seconds.
That led organizers to announce a second show on the same night, which also sold out in less than a minute.
The summertime fair dates back to 1946 and has hosted megastars such as Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Aerosmith.
But fair organizers said none has ever sold out as swiftly as Mr. Brooks, who is also playing several shows this month in Inglewood (with tickets still remaining).
Jay Turner, a radio personality on Santa Maria-based Sunny Country, said country music was popular across California, including its urban centers.
“But it’s definitely big here,” he said of the Central Coast. “Cal Poly is a big agriculture school, we’ve got farmland on either side of us, a big rodeo. So country rules here for sure.”
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