California: The state's next senator, a brutal economy and campus naming rights
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Welcome to Essential California, your daily newsletter covering stories across the Golden State. I'm California editor Shelby Grad. Alice Walton, who started at The Times this week, will be joining me soon on this digest.
For some, the California economy is booming. A new report found that the state is doing very well among "advanced industry" workers -- software designers, architects, medical equipment manufacturers and Web developers who make on average $90,000 a year. But the story can be grim for less-skilled workers. Steve Lopez has been talking to some on the Boeing aircraft line in Long Beach, which will be closing later this year, taking with it some of region's best-paying blue-collar jobs. They are looking for new work and learning how brutal the "new economy" can be. One had been making $40 an hour plus hefty overtime. Now his best job prospect pays $15 an hour.
Bipartisanship on diapers: A liberal California assemblywoman and a conservative state senator have found middle ground on an unlikely issue: cutting taxes on diapers. "For many, diapers have become extremely expensive and for many families it's a burden," Sen. Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon) tells the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Since the gold rush days, people have loved San Francisco and loved to hate San Francisco. SF Gate rounded up some of the best quotes about "The City." Two favorites: "San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality." - Paul Kantner "San Francisco is a golden handcuff with the key thrown away." - John Steinbeck
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