L.A. sets aside $10 million to help immigrants facing deportation

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, Dec. 20. If you live in L.A., maybe you should be dreaming of a smoggy Christmas? Here’s what’s going on around California:

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Legal assistance fund

In a dramatic response to the expected crackdown on illegal immigration by Donald Trump, Los Angeles leaders on Monday announced a plan for a $10-million fund to provide legal assistance for immigrants facing deportation. The move was hailed by immigrant rights groups but continues to put local officials on a collision course with Trump, who has threatened to retaliate against cities with “sanctuary” laws for people here illegally. Los Angeles Times

Tale of two sheriffs

Lee Baca spent 15 years as sheriff of Los Angeles County, building a reputation as an ethical and transparent leader with creative, progressive ideas on law enforcement. A federal prosecutor Monday needed only about 90 minutes to dismantle that glowing portrait of Baca and replace it with a far more sinister portrayal as the former sheriff’s obstruction of justice trial came to a close. Los Angeles Times

Up in smoke

CalPERS on Monday rejected its staff’s recommendation to again invest in tobacco stocks and instead widened the ban on tobacco investments for the nation’s largest public pension fund. Los Angeles Times

Fatal shooting: The new chief of the Bakersfield Police Department has asked the FBI to review the case of a 73-year-old man with early dementia who was shot and killed by an officer just steps from his home last week. Los Angeles Times

DROUGHT AND CLIMATE

Brrr: In the Central Valley, there’s an all-out race to protect citrus crops from freezing conditions. Fresno Bee

Forget it, Jake? How the battle over Jerry Brown’s delta tunnels project became viewed by some as the sequel to “Chinatown.” And is there a compromise that can satisfy north and south? Los Angeles Times

Creature features: More weird jelly pods are washing ashore in Orange County. Says one lifeguard: “They are liquid-filled sacks similar to the bulbs you see on seaweed, but they move slowly like worms.” Orange County Register

CALIFORNIA CULTURE

High school tragedy: Three suicides at one high school outside of Fresno has a community searching for answers. Fresno Bee

Fumble: It all seemed as if it was going to be great when the beloved San Francisco 49ers moved to Santa Clara to a fancy new stadium. But things are going downhill quickly, and even “super fans” are disillusioned. Mercury News

Christmases past: Yahoo had its Christmas party, but all anyone could talk about was how much less extravagant it was than last year’s affair (it was held in Sunnyvale rather than San Francisco). It’s a sign of the one-time tech giant’s fading fortunes. SFGate

More to the story? A Kentucky university punished a professor for publicly singing the Beach Boys song “California Girls” during a university-related trip overseas. Officials apparently said the song’s lyrics had a sexual nature some could consider offensive. San Diego Union-Tribune

CALIFORNIA ALMANAC

Los Angeles area: Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s, before the next storm hits toward the end of the week. San Diego: Mostly sunny; highs in the mid-70s. San Francisco area and Sacramento: Mostly sunny but cool; highs in the mid-50s.

AND FINALLY

Today’s California memory comes from Anastasia Paveloff:

“My father, the seventh and youngest son of Russian immigrants, took over his father’s business in East L.A. and spent over 50 years driving the Southland, selling roofs and exploring California from his Cadillac. He was a walking Thomas Guide and could get around any L.A. traffic. My siblings and I grew up with this expertise, which took us through the Golden State, over and again — whether summer vacations in Lake Tahoe, s’mores in Huntington Beach, hot dogs at Pink’s, butterflies in Big Sur, or visiting our grandparents in Santa Maria, with its annual parade, rodeo and tri-tip barbecues. California was the place on which my father mapped his life, and our family’s life. We’ll always be California dreaming (and eating)!”

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