Mayor Garcetti was one of the few luminaries who met with the prince and then spoke out in public about Yemen and other human rights issues.
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• As Republicans gear up for midterm elections, some are turning to what was once political hyperbole: the notion that Democrats would move to impeach President Trump if they gained the House. [The New York Times]
• The so-called Pineapple Express drenched parts of Northern California with up to eight inches of rain over the weekend. The record-breaking storm raised concerns of flooding and has filled the Bay Area’s water reserves. [KQED]
• Parts of Yosemite National Park and Muir Woods reopened after the storm. [San Francisco Chronicle]
• A sixth body was found near the Mendocino County site where a couple and their children plunged off a cliff in their car last month. [Buzzfeed]
• Facebook has begun requiring purchasers of political ads to verify their identities and locations, and the company on Monday began notifying users who were affected by Cambridge Analytica’s data collection. [The New York Times]
• Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, is getting a crash course in charm ahead of his congressional appearance this week. Mr. Zuckerberg will testify on Capitol Hill starting on Tuesday. [The New York Times]
• Elsewhere in Silicon Valley, a fatal shooting at YouTube headquarters last week highlighted the security risks of the tech industry’s open campuses. [The New York Times]
• At 22, he was gunned down in his grandmother’s backyard and touched off a movement for change: a look back at the short life of Stephon Clark. [The Sacramento Bee]
• And in Orange County, 59 percent of residents said they supported rent control. That’s a significant disconnect in a county where only one city — San Juan Capistrano — has any form of rent control. [The Orange County Register]
• A woman and her husband left India and settled in Livermore, where it took her seven years to obtain an employment card. She was elated to finally put her biotechnology degree to use, but all that could change with the Trump administration’s crackdown on H-1B visas. [The New York Times]
• California motorists already pay more at the pump than drivers in other states. But a Berkeley professor noticed a price discrepancy that could mean that $3 billion to $4 billion spent on gasoline in California is unaccounted for. [San Diego Union-Tribune]
• Tesla has been plagued by production delays and recent accidents. Our columnist wondered whether the Model 3 could carry the company to safety — and took one for a test drive. [The New York Times]
• Craving something sweet — and savory? This San Luis Obispo cafe is offering a doughnut burger. [The Tribune]
• Robert Haas, a California vintner and leading wine importer who introduced French brands to Americans, died at his home in Templeton, in San Luis Obispo County. He was 90. [The New York Times]
Coming Up This Week
• Melissa Clark, The Times’s food writer, will moderate a discussion on Tuesday with three of Los Angeles’s leading chefs — Jessica Koslow, Niki Nakayama and Susan Feniger — on the evolving state of California cuisine.
• The Sacramento Dog Show begins on Thursday.
• The 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off on Friday.
And Finally ...
They’ve overrun the streets of San Francisco, to the bemusement — and annoyance — of residents.
Shared electric scooters are available to reserve and rent by app for as little as $1 a ride. They are billed as a way to “help make transportation better and more environmentally friendly” by one start-up, Bird, which has netted $100 million in venture capital funding.
The scooters don’t require docking stations, which means they can be left just about anywhere. Our tech reporter Mike Isaac spotted nearly a dozen within four square blocks.
“A few weeks ago, I had not noticed any electric scooters in SF,” one Twitter user wrote. “Now you can’t exit a building without tripping over one.”
“These Bird scooters went from nonexistent to a viable form of transit in San Francisco overnight,” another tweeted. “I’m impressed.”
The scooters are not explicitly covered by the city’s transportation code; the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is working with local officials on legislation to regulate scooter sharing.
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