California Today: President Trump’s Visit to California


A rally against a visit by President Trump in San Diego on Tuesday.

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SAN DIEGO — not bad morning.

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With Mexico off inside the distance, speaker after speaker stepped to the podium Tuesday, each offering their vision of California values. There was a congressman, pastors, a rabbi, a representative of the Muslim community, a union organizer.

“This kind of wall is usually a symbol of hate,” said Representative Juan C. Vargas, a Democrat whose district represents part of San Diego.

The Rev. Jose Castillo, pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, told the audience to “keep praying with This kind of country which we all love.”

A bit farther to the east was President Trump, who swept into enemy territory Tuesday for initially as president. He inspected prototypes for his promised border wall, spoke to Marines near San Diego in addition to then flew up to Los Angeles for an expensive fund-raiser in Beverly Park. With the president in town, in addition to rain, Los Angeles traffic ground to a standstill.

The visit had been highly anticipated: No president since Franklin D. Roosevelt had ever taken so long to visit California after winning the presidency, in addition to some worried about mass street protests, or clashes between supporters in addition to opponents. although the Trump followers in addition to his opponents stayed far enough away, in addition to instead of wide-scale protests, there were several modest gatherings, many centered on the wall in addition to Mexico in addition to immigration issues.

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Trumpism has come to stand for many things — a tough immigration policy, a chaotic culture inside the White House, freewheeling foreign policy.

“although its first expression was anti-Mexicanism,” said Harry Simon Salazar, an organizer with Union Del Barrio, which held a news conference in addition to rally Monday in downtown San Diego, the night before the visit.

Another gathering on Monday was held in Chicano Park, inside the Logan Heights neighborhood of San Diego, historically an area for Mexican immigrants. The park is usually adorned by colorful murals honoring Mexican-American in addition to Native American history – a lineage linked by oppression in addition to revolt. Or, as Mr. Salazar, put the item, “an unbroken chain of collective consciousness.”

However, not everyone at the Trump rally was waving a Trump sign.

Two Mexican-Americans were holding signs for Point Loma Electric (“hundreds of a few star reviews”). They said they supported the president, in addition to were also hoping to drum up some business.

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Stella Lee, left, in addition to Alexis Zamlich, two of the women who have complained which they were sexually harassed by Richard Meier.

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• Richard Meier, a leading architect who designed the Getty Center in Los Angeles, is usually taking leave by his firm after a few women accused him of sexual harassment. [The fresh York Times]

• The California Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a man on death row. The man, Vicente Benavides Figuero, a former farmworker, served 27 years behind bars. “The evidence at This kind of point shown to be false was extensive, pervasive in addition to impactful,” wrote one justice. [The Los Angeles Times]

• Scott Pruitt, the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, warned This kind of week which California won’t get to decide the future of Obama-era fuel economy regulations for cars. [Bloomberg]

• What’s on the San Francisco ballot This kind of June? Proposals to raise the Bay Bridge toll by $3, fast-track electronic stun guns for police officers in addition to enhance taxes on commercial landlords to fund affordable housing or child care. [The San Francisco Chronicle]

• Sacramento County threw 290 tons of recyclables into a landfill after a problem arose with one of its contractors. The issue comes as the county prepares for its recycling operation to go by earning $1 million to costing $1 million annually. [The Sacramento Bee]


by left, “Veil of Love’s Pleasure” (2017) in addition to “Veil of Eternal Happiness” (2017). Every work in his fresh series was done by his hand alone, Damien Hirst said.

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• The artist Damien Hirst includes a fresh show at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills — in addition to after years of relying on an army of helpers, the work is usually all his own. [The fresh York Times]

• The Los Angeles City Attorney has charged the parents of two students for failing to lock up guns after their children made threats of violence against their schools. The fathers face up to six months in jail. [The Los Angeles Times]

• The authorities recently seized three grenade launchers, hundreds of rounds of ammunition in addition to several so-called ghost guns using a one-of-a-kind California database which allows the state to disarm people who are convicted of a felony or are otherwise deemed to be dangerous. [The Mercury News]

• The San Francisco police fired an officer after he was involved in a fatal shooting on his fourth day at work. The move led to outrage by the city’s police union. [The San Francisco Chronicle]

• Watch out. Amazon wants to drop packages on your doorstep by as high as 25 feet. [The Mercury News]


Amazon made its first commercial drone delivery in 2016 in Cambridgeshire, England.


in addition to Finally …

Telegraph Avenue begins in Oakland in addition to ends in Berkeley, not San Francisco.

We know, we know. An early edition of yesterday’s newsletter had the item wrong.

After correcting our mistake, we took a spin through a fresh walking tour phone app which celebrates the history of a place which became a counterculture hub inside the 1960s in addition to ’70s, helping to form Berkeley’s identity.

The tour has 11 stops with titles like “the Free Speech Movement” in addition to “Satanic Verses in addition to Cody’s Books,” in addition to the item is usually narrated by people who participated inside the avenue’s history. Among them is usually Osha Neumann, a lawyer in addition to painter of the People’s Mural, which depicts social movements of the 1960s. This kind of includes Bloody Thursday, a 1969 clash between students in addition to police officers over the park which led to the death of a man named James Rector.

“I painted This kind of mural originally because I thought history was important to be remembered, in addition to I still do which,” Mr. Neumann says. “in addition to which’s what This kind of mural is usually about, trying to keep which monument to which spirit as everything around us tries to erase the item.”

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