Heat waves will grow more severe and persistent, shortening the lives of thousands of Californians. Wildfires will burn more of the state’s forests. The ocean will rise higher and faster, exposing California to billions in damage along the coast. These are some of the threats California will face from climate change in coming decades, according to a new statewide assessment. The projections come as Californians contend with destructive wildfires, brutal heat spells and record ocean temperatures that scientists say have the fingerprints of global warming.
— California’s coastal water temperatures are breaking records as well. And that might be the cause of a massive fish die-off in Malibu. Warming water temperatures can alter the marine food chain in various ways — bringing about toxic algae that make crabs, for example, dangerous to eat. Researchers are also seeing more warm-water animals, like jellyfish and stingrays, off the coast.
Gas tax revolt
The GOP might be beleaguered in California, but it might have found one potential issue. Democratic leaders are facing a mutiny by four of the party’s congressional candidates who are opposing a recent increase in the California gas tax that has proved unpopular with many voters. The defections could bolster Proposition 6, a Republican-led initiative on the November ballot that would repeal a 2017 law that increased the state’s gas tax and vehicle fees to fix roads and improve mass transit.
Paper fight: Nine months after a mysterious new company bought LA Weekly, one of the company’s owners is suing the rest, alleging they have mismanaged the alternative weekly, pillaged it for their own gain and improperly kicked him out of the management team. David Welch is seeking to dissolve the company, which could leave LA Weekly searching for another new owner.
Helping hands: In Studio City, residents are coming together to help the homeless in their midst.
More flames: A flare-up ignited Monday and charred 150 acres in the Cleveland National Forest where the Holy fire recently burned in Orange County.
Save the mall: Crowdsourcing to help save the ailing Westminster Mall.
Changes on Fig: Did the massive makeover of Figueroa Street actually make things better?
CRIME AND COURTS
Under review: Fullerton Police Chief David Hendricks and another police officer were placed on paid administrative leave Saturday pending the outcome of an investigation, a city official said Monday.
Cracking down: BART is beefing up security after a series of crimes that further tarnished the transit system’s reputation.
POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
Survey says: Facing a federal indictment for misuse of campaign funds, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) is still the front-runner in the race for the 50th Congressional District — although with a shrinking advantage over Democratic challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar.
Fake letter: The FBI and Capitol Police want to talk with Omar Navarro, Rep. Maxine Waters’ 2018 Republican opponent, about a fake letter he posted to Twitter that falsely indicated the congresswoman wants to resettle tens of thousands of refugees in her Los Angeles district.
What’s going on? Can a controversial San Diego County development get a new look from regulators in Trump’s Washington?
Reversing course: Faced with declining rail and bus ridership, Sacramento might cut fares.
Appeal denied: An Assembly committee has rejected former Assemblyman Matt Dababneh’s appeal of a legislative investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, upholding the probe’s original findings that he “more likely than not” exposed himself to a lobbyist in a hotel bathroom.
A star is born: After chemistry class on a recent weekday, USC sophomore Katherine Ho described how her rendition of Coldplay’s “Yellow” appeared during the climactic scene in the box-office-topping movie “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Novel idea: Can selling stock in newspapers to readers help save them? One Northern California publisher is about to find out.
Clean lines: A San Francisco museum gets a tasteful upgrade.
Looking up: There are hints that the Amazon effect is boosting Whole Foods, which had been losing ground to rivals as organic food went mainstream. In more than 100 places in the United States, the upscale grocer gained foot traffic at the expense of Trader Joe’s and others.
Yum: Finding the Bay Area’s best Chinese noodles.
Taking a U-turn: Why Elon Musk’s latest scheme unraveled so badly.