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  • The vote
  • CA48 (OC beach cities)
  • Fires
  • COVID-19
  • Census
  • Prison labor
  • Weather
  • Cakeday and classifieds

THE VOTE: Paul Mitchell tweets about the early turnout:

California voters have rushed to the polls with an historic 250k showing up in the @Political_Data tracker before the first weekend of voting. That's insane, but what does it mean?

One thing to look at is when they voted in prior elections, by partisan breakdown. Here we go...

In the Times, Molly Hennesee-Fiske and Jaweed Kaleem look at the possibility of far-right groups showing up polling places on Election Day.

They go by names like Oath Keepers, Wolverine Watchmen and the Three Percenters. They chat on Gab, Discord, 4chan and other social media. Heavily armed and loyal to President Trump, many vow to descend on polling places Nov. 3 in a far-right show of unity.
Armed, far-right groups have long echoed at the fringes of American politics, drawing white nationalists and other extremists to their ranks. But over the last four years — when conservative causes have collided with social justice movements — their voices have grown louder, their actions more brazen. The alleged plot revealed this week by extremists to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was a stunning indication of the potential for domestic terrorism.

The groups are now turning their attention to battleground states in the most consequential election in generations. Far-right organizations have rallied around Trump, positioning themselves as a counterforce to movements like the antifascist antifa and Black Lives Matter, whom they blame for nationwide protests that have stirred unrest in recent months. The vast majority of Black Lives Matter protesters have been nonviolent.

CA48 (OC Beach cities): The Register's Brooke Staggs looks at the tight race for CA48.

Democratic incumbent Rep. Harley Rouda and Republican challenger Michelle Steel are fighting to represent coastal Orange County’s 48th congressional district.

Fighting for votes and, at times, fighting each other.

In attack ads and jabs on social media, Rouda’s campaign is going after Steel for her record on the county Board of Supervisors and her opposition to policies such as gay marriage. Steel’s campaign slams Rouda for votes in congress that she believes are too liberal and has made contested allegations about his past business dealings.


  • August Fire (Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake, Colusa counties) 1,028,529 acres, 74% contained as of 9:01am
  • Creek Fire (Fresno, Madera counties) 333,880 acres, 49% contained as of 8:11am
  • Glass Fire (Napa, Sonoma counties) 67,484 acres, 90% contained as of 7:07am
  • Zogg Fire (Shasta County) 56,338 acres, 97% contained as of 7:09am

George Avalos reports for the MercNews that state investigators are trying to determine whether PG&E equipment is to blame for the Zogg Fire in Shasta County.

COVID-19: California added 68 deaths yesterday for a total of 16,570.

CENSUS: Sarah Parvini reports in the Times on California's hardest to count census tract.

About 175 residents from San Joaquin County’s Census Tract 1, the hardest to count in the state — most of them Latino or Black — had stopped by on a recent afternoon to “taco ’bout the census” with workers from El Concilio, a nonprofit community organization that partnered with state census and local officials to increase participation among groups that have historically been undercounted.

Flanked by tables filled with information about the decennial count, locals chatted with “trusted messengers” — community members tasked with outreach to hard-to-count groups — and used tablets to complete the survey. Salsa and jazz played in the background as workers gave children census stickers that they proudly displayed on the backs of their hands.

PRISON LABOR: In the Times, Kiera Feldman reports on California prison labor during COVID-19.

While much of California shut down this spring, Robbie Hall stitched masks for 12 hours a day in a sewing factory at a women’s prison in Chino. For several weeks, Hall and other women said, they churned out masks by the thousands but were forbidden from wearing them.

The incarcerated seamstresses at the California Institution for Women grew increasingly worried: The fabric they used came from the nearby men’s prison, where an outbreak ended up killing 23 inmates. And their boss regularly visited both institutions.

WEATHER: The LAT's Greg Duginski reports that California's dry, hot weather is likely to continue with a strong La Niña forming.

California just recorded its hottest September on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the state looks to be stuck in a nearly endless loop of hot, dry weather.

With a strong La Niña developing, the dry pattern is looking ever harder to break, and could be settling in to stay for a while. The forecast for the upcoming week is seasonably Santa Ana-ish, and does nothing to contradict that supposition.

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