Essential California: ‘Chinatown’ revisited: Owens Valley wants revenge

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, July 13, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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‘Chinatown’ redux

Owens Valley officials are using eminent domain to loosen Los Angeles’ century-long grip on the region’s land and water rights….

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LAPD union joins national push for feds to help prepare police for contacts with mentally ill

Los Angeles’ police union has thrown its support behind a national push for federal funding and other resources to help officers better prepare for interactions with people who are mentally ill.

The L.A. Police Protective League is one of more than a dozen police unions nationwide — including those…

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ATF agents shoot and wound man in San Bernardino after he drove car toward law enforcement, police say

Federal authorities conducting a traffic stop in San Bernardino shot and wounded a man Wednesday after he drove a car toward them, officials said.

Agents working on an operation for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tried to stop the driver’s sedan just after 7 p.m. in the…

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Bomb threat at UCLA causes evacuation of some dorm residents to Drake Stadium

Authorities were responding to a bomb threat reported at a UCLA recreation center Wednesday night, officials said on Twitter.

Large crowds of students evacuating the dorms were being directed to Drake Stadium.

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Beachgoers run for safety as parolee leads authorities on car chase through the sand

A 38-year-old parolee led police on a pursuit through Oceano Dunes state beach Wednesday afternoon, leaving families and children dashing for safety, authorities said.

Joshua Anthony Jordan of Bakersfield was wanted in two counties — in San Benito County for allegedly making criminal threats and…

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UC regents panel backs limited use of letters of recommendation at campuses systemwide

The University of California is headed toward allowing all campuses to use letters of recommendation in admissions decisions for the first time, despite concerns that the policy could hurt students who have less access to teachers and counselors who could artfully write the letters.

As the system’s…

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Scenes of ‘zombie apocalypse’ left in the path of California wildfires

The pool, the dining hall and a single cabin are all that remain of the 290-acre Boy Scouts facility at Rancho Alegre, which the Whittier fire swept across Saturday.

Most of the property, nestled in the Los Padres National Forest, was gutted or reduced to ash. Gone from the 52-year-old grounds…

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L.A. County considers making it easier for those who’ve done time to get jobs

When Lily Gonzalez was released from Valley State Prison in Chowchilla in 2012, all she wanted to do was put incarceration behind her. She hoped to go back to work, continue her education at Cal State Northridge and reconnect with her 11-year-old daughter.

“I tried to assimilate,” she said. “And…

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Man struck by gunfire in officer-involved shooting in San Fernando

Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are investigating an officer-involved shooting in San Fernando that left a man hospitalized Wednesday evening, officials said.

Around 5:30 p.m., sheriff’s homicide detectives were called to the 12900 block of Foothill Boulevard to help San Fernando police…

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Elderly man struggling with board-and-care bills shoots his wife before turning gun on himself, police say

An 87-year-old man is believed to have shot his wife to death Wednesday morning in Arleta before turning the gun on himself in a murder-suicide attempt, police said.

Family members told investigators that the man was struggling with board-and-care facility bills for his wife, who had “numerous…

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