It's time to start paying attention to seismic forecasts

Good morning. It is Friday, Oct. 21. It’s impossible to look at the school picture for this Northern California 3-year-old and not smile. Here’s what is happening in the Golden State:

TOP STORIES

Earthquake forecast

Some earthquake experts are encouraged that social media seems to be drawing more attention to “operational earthquake forecasting.” Think of it as an earthquake forecast. The practice, however, remains controversial among scientists. “We’re really talking about a probability increase from ‘practically impossible’ to ‘extremely unlikely,’” said Kelin Wang, a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada. “I don’t think it’s very useful.” Los Angeles Times

Comforting the dying

At night, these nuns stand vigil over the dying. “Sometimes, she said, her patients ask her questions she can’t answer. Why me? Why am I suffering? ‘God has a better purpose for you,’ she tells them.” Los Angeles Times

Food and water: A look at how California’s drought is driving investments in water and agriculture. “Companies cashing in on water scarcity aren’t always viewed favorably among the public — and that extends beyond the water rights issue to other business investments in water.” KQED

Here comes La Niña: It looks to be a warm and dry winter in Southern California. “It’s probably going to take a couple of wet winters in a row to put a big dent into this drought now,” said weather service drought expert David Miskus. Los Angeles Times

Drought map: A new map shows California’s drought. U.S. Drought Monitor

TECHNOLOGY

Self-driving movement: Going forward, all cars produced by Tesla will have the hardware to support fully autonomous driving. In announcing the news, Chief Executive Elon Musk called out journalists for reporting on crashes involving Tesla’s Autopilot driver assist systems. “You effectively dissuade people from using autonomous vehicles, and you’re killing people,” Musk said. Los Angeles Times

CALIFORNIA CULTURE

Boo! With Halloween just a week and a half away, it’s time to catch up on the ghost stories of the California missions. Mission San Buenaventura in Ventura County is even said to have ghost cats. “Sometimes, on stormy nights, the sound of padding feet can be heard about the old mission and the spectral wailing of the four cats can be faintly heard.” Curbed LA

Quality you can taste: Is California’s love of In-N-Out Burger more cultural than about the culinary superiority of the burgers themselves? Business Insider

Building boom: Cranes are beginning to pop up in Disneyland as construction begins for the much anticipated “Star Wars” land as well as other attractions coming to the park complex. Orange County Register

Dog fight: There’s a beef between Pink’s Hot Dogs in L.A. and The Wiener’s Circle in Chicago. Ketchup. Celery salt. Things are getting messy. LAist

CALIFORNIA ALMANAC

Sacramento will be sunny with a high of 81 degrees. It will be sunny and 71 in San Francisco. It will be 94 and sunny in Los Angeles. Riverside will be sunny with a high of 96. It will be 88 and sunny in San Diego.

AND FINALLY

Today’s California Memory comes from Sandy Aguiar:

“This first-generation Latina was living the Hollywood dream very early in life. It was the early ’70s, and I was 5 years old in a leased duplex with squeaky hardwood floors and sycamore trees one block from probably the most famous hot dog stand in the U.S.A. I lived on Sycamore and Willoughby, and it was my father’s tradition to walk brother and me to Pink’s on Sunday. Not church, which is probably what he should have been doing, but Pink’s! Forty-five years later, a great group of employees arranged an office social and farewell luncheon catered by Pink’s. The sweet memories.”

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