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Good morning, L.A.

The reality of the U.S. Presidential election’s resolution is finally settling in (though maybe not at the White House), and it’s time to think more critically about what it means. For California, that includes considering the fact that we now have a direct line to the White House, via former junior U.S. Senator and now Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Once sworn in, Harris will be the second Californian in American history to serve as VP. Laurel Rosenhall of CalMatters writes that Harris’ history with state politics and deep local ties could influence Washington in a number of ways: Bringing state officials in to federal positions; using her understanding of the state’s challenges to help where help is needed; and pushing federal policies in the same progressive direction that California has recently taken.

"California is often under-appreciated, because we're 3,000 miles away and the folks on the East are up for three hours before we get going," former Gov. Jerry Brown said in an interview with CalMatters. "We're often left behind. So having a vice president will be good for the state."

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Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


Coming Up Today, November 10

CD4 councilwoman-elect Nithya Raman talks to Libby Denkmann about her victory over incumbent David Ryu, and how it fits into L.A.'s turn towards progressive politics.

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L.A.’s District Attorney-elect George Gascón met with members of Black Lives Matter and relatives of people killed by police Monday night. Frank Stoltze will have the story.

The Blob – the huge heatwave off the coast of California that decimated fishing industries, left sea lion pups to starve, and toxic algal blooms to flourish – is kind of back, reports Jacob Margolis.

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