Everything you need to know about Election Day, the Los Angeles mayoral race

Hello and welcome to Essential California newsletter. This is Tuesday, June 7. I am Justin Ray.

Monday I voted. I felt like I couldn’t rightly send you all a guide to voting without having done it myself.

I went in person to a location in Hollywood, where they easily located my recording records. The only part I missed was that at some point the machine printed my ballot. Then he asked me to examine it and put it back in the machine. I tried to give it to the staff who kindly explained the process.

To make sure your voting experience goes much smoother, here’s everything you need to know about the election. So far turnout has been dismalbut everything could change on Tuesday. A larger guide can be found herebut I will lay out the basics.

How to vote

You can check here if you are registered. Not registered? You can go to a voting center on Tuesday to complete a conditional registration on the electoral lists.

Registered voters can vote in person or return a completed mail-in ballot to each site. On election day, Tuesday, each site will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Here is everything that will appear on your ballot. If you need to find polling centers, here is an interactive map (or you can check the map of the department).

What about the LA mayoral election?

The Times editorial board has released its endorsements for the election.

Here’s where the mayoral candidates stand on transportation, policing, crime, climate change and homelessness.

The Times published the profiles of the three mayoral candidates with the most votes:

And now, Here’s what’s happening across California:

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Sonoma State President Judy Sakaki announced Monday that she is stepping down. Sakaki faced an outcry over her leadership amid a campus sexual harassment and retaliation scandal involving her and her husband. Los Angeles Times

There are early signs that California’s latest wave of coronavirus cases may be slowing. A big question, however, is whether the Memorial Day weekend reporting delays are contributing to the perceived decrease. Here’s what the latest numbers show in Los Angeles and across the state. Los Angeles Times

People line up for a COVID-19 test in Los Angeles on January 4.

(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

STORIES FROM THE

Column: These black men say they’ll vote for Rick Caruso, not Karen Bass. A new poll of likely voters has found about half of black men plan to vote for Rick Caruso, not Karen Bass. “Of course, it’s not set in stone anywhere that all black people should vote for black candidates,” writes columnist Erika D. Smith. “But in this liberal town in this very liberal state, it’s also true that Caruso is the most conservative candidate in the running.” Smith gives her theories about why black men support the billionaire, and she explains what she calls the “Ice Cube Effect.” Los Angeles Times

Congresswoman Karen Bass, candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, is among his supporters.

Congresswoman Karen Bass, candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, among her supporters and volunteers.

(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles hosts the Summit of the Americas, the first time the event has been hosted in this country since 1994. We’ve created a guide to the event that includes information about attendees, President Biden’s goals for the summit, and what the LAPD has said about the policing the event. Los Angeles Times

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POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Column: The outcome is still unclear in the fight for California Assembly Speaker. Besides the Governor, there is no office in California government more powerful than the Speaker of the Assembly. There is a fight over that position that is mostly taking place out of the public eye between current Speaker Anthony Rendon of Lakewood and Assemblyman Robert Rivas of Hollister in San Benito County. Here’s what you might not realize about the job and the men vying for it. Los Angeles Times

MP Robert Rivas, left, and Speaker Anthony Rendon

Current Speaker Anthony Rendon of Lakewood, right, and Assemblyman Robert Rivas of Hollister in San Benito County.

(Associated Press)

CRIME, COURTS AND POLICE

A California man accused of killing a couple after mistaking a woman for his ex-girlfriend will spend the rest of his life in jail, Orange County prosecutors have said. James Rayon Buggs, 47, of Huntington Beach, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without parole plus 54 years to life in prison in the 2019 murders. Buggs killed Darren Partch, 38, and Wendi Sue Miller, 48, inside Partch’s condo, prosecutors say. Miller, whose hair resembled that of Buggs’ ex-girlfriend, had met Partch just hours before the two were killed. Sacramento bee

A lawyer won a personal injury case. Then came the video, and an apology. A medical malpractice attorney told an Orange County jury how completely baseless the case against his gastroenterologist client was. The plaintiffs’ demand for $10 million for the death of their father, a 49-year-old forklift driver, amounted to nothing less than “extortion”, he said. However, when the lawyer spoke to his colleagues, he used different language, saying the case involved “a guy who was probably killed by negligence, but we kind of gave the impression that other people did.” That’s not all. Los Angeles Times

Katherine Garcia, 21, left, and her sister Johanna Garcia, 27, are pictured at their home in Norwalk.

Katherine Garcia, 21, left, and her sister Johanna Garcia, 27, are pictured at their home in Norwalk. They are the daughters of Enrique Garcia, seen in a framed photo they are holding, a 49-year-old Santa Ana man and forklift operator who died in December 2017 after a medical procedure at South Coast Global Medical Center.

(Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

A McDonald’s has been temporarily closed in central California after videos reportedly showed mice and cockroaches inside the restaurant. The videos were posted on Facebook (click if you dare). The Fresno County Health Division said it is reviewing McDonald’s conditions. The Fresno Bee said a message left at McDonald’s headquarters was not immediately returned. The Fresno Bee

3 articles on saving water during drought. The Times’ Utility staff has published articles to help you with the state’s water-saving efforts:

A kayaker fishes in Lake Oroville as water levels remain low in Oroville, California.

A kayaker fishes in Lake Oroville as water levels remain low due to persistent drought conditions in Oroville, California on August 22, 2021.

(Associated Press)

CALIFORNIAN CULTURE

A woman found $36,000 in cash hidden in a couch she got through Craigslist. Vicky Umodu, of Colton in San Bernardino County, found two sofas and a matching chair that someone was giving away for free on the site. The family was getting rid of furniture after the death of a loved one. When she returned home, she found several envelopes filled with thousands of dollars in cash. She returned the money but, as a thank you, the family agreed to give Umodu $2,200 – the money she needed to buy a new refrigerator. ABC7

After three turbulent years at the top of one of college baseball’s proudest programs, Jason Gill has stepped out as a USC baseball coach. Gill was fired by USC on Monday, more than a year after the university opened an investigation into his conduct. Los Angeles Times

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CALIFORNIA ALMANAC

Los Angeles: Sunny 80 San Diego: Covered 70 San Francisco: Covered 68 San Jose: Covered 84 Fresno: Sunny 97 Sacrament: Covered 94

AND FINALLY

Today california memory is of Rita Sotolongo:

Tucked away in a shoebox is my time machine. When I open the lid, I’m transported to Seniors Day on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. I see skateboarders doing tricks on Pier Seven in San Francisco. I feel the freezing cold as I drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. My parents are still married and we are at Disneyland. And the conversations are dripping with the word “hella”. All without leaving my room. In 2005, I traded Golden for Sunshine, but I’ll keep you safe in my memories, Cali. You will always be with me in these precious coming-of-age memories. And I will never be completely gone from your shores.

If you have a memory or a story about the Golden State, share it with us. (Please limit your story to 100 words.)

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