Good morning. It is Wednesday, Nov. 2. Yummy, yummy, yummy — these might be the best burgers in San Francisco and Oakland. Here’s what else is happening in the Golden State:
Will Orange turn blue?
For the first time since the Depression, Orange County could go blue in the presidential election. Though the tilt to the left may have been inevitable, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears to be speeding up the process by turning off college-educated white women and wealthy suburbanites. “They expect a certain style from their presidential nominee, a certain intellect and a kind of measure in serious discussion of policy,” said Stu Rothenberg, a veteran nonpartisan political analyst. Los Angeles Times
Will Santa Monica voters adopt a restrictive slow-growth measure on next week’s ballot? Measure LV would require voter approval of most developments taller than 32 to 36 feet. “Something like this would be so onerous. It would be extremely difficult to provide more affordable housing, even for housing for the middle class or millennials who can’t afford single-family homes,” said Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, associate dean of UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. Los Angeles Times
Some cities beg developers to build projects. But not Beverly Hills. The Chinese firm Wanda Group agreed to increase its fees to the city by more than a half-billion dollars over 30 years to win approval of a luxury condo-hotel project near the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards. Los Angeles Times
DROUGHT AND CLIMATE
Conservation efforts: Californians did a better job of saving water in September. “I am glad to see the slide stop, and even reverse a bit overall, especially as we move into traditionally lower water-use months when we would expect [savings] percentages to drop significantly,” said state Water Resources Control Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus. Los Angeles Times
Lessons learned: What Australia can teach California about the drought. New York Times
Getting hot in here: Daytime temperatures will climb into the 80s today in Southern California. And the Santa Ana winds are about to start blowing. The San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys can expect winds of 15 to 25 mph. Los Angeles Times
Young musicians: Gustavo Dudamel’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles went to Oakland this week. “There was the undeniable thrill Sunday of seeing accomplished young musicians who began with cardboard violins and the like a decade ago having become a genuine orchestra with its own distinctive look, style and sound,” writes music critic Mark Swed. Los Angeles Times
Down the slide: How a marble and a video can show off the Millennium Tower’s tilt. SFGate
Eureka! The midnight bath that led to this Marilyn Monroe-inspired parody. Los Angeles Times
San Diego will be mostly sunny with a high of 73 degrees. Los Angeles will be 79 and sunny. Riverside will have a high of 80 degrees and a breeze. San Francisco will be 71 and mostly sunny. Sacramento will begin the day with fog before reaching a high of 68 degrees.
Today’s California Memory comes from Gisele Rainer:
“When I was in the 4th grade at Havens Elementary in Piedmont, we were studying the Gold Rush. Mom invited my best friends to come with us one Saturday to Angel’s Camp to pan for gold and see the Jumping Frog Contest. We almost peed our pants when each of us found a big chunk of craggy gold in our pan. Only years later did my aunt explain that the week before our outing, Mom had had all her gold fillings replaced with porcelain ones.”