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California Today: California Midterm Results: Funding for Affordable Housing and a Rent Control Defeat

California Today: California Midterm Results: Funding for Affordable Housing and a Rent Control Defeat

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Voters lined up in Santa Ana on Tuesday.CreditCreditSam Hodgson for The New York Times

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More money for subsidized housing and a resounding defeat for rent control and activists: That was the message Californians seemed to send to state and local governments on Election Day. Housing issues were scattered across Tuesday’s ballot, including a pair of bond measures that would raise billions for subsidized affordable housing and a much-debated rent control measure that landlords spent heavily to defeat.

The bond measures both passed, as did Proposition C, a San Francisco initiative that will vastly increase the city’s homeless spending (if it survives a legal challenge). Voters also defeated Proposition 5, a proposal that would have allowed homeowners to take lower property taxes with them when they move.

At the same time, Californians voted overwhelmingly against expanding rent control by rejecting two local measures and a statewide initiative that would have allowed cities to broaden tenant protections.

Activists were also out. In San Francisco, Matt Haney, a member of the local school board, crushed the insurgent campaign of Sonja Trauss, a housing activist, in a race for a seat on the board of supervisors. But across the Bay in Oakland, Buffy Wicks, a former staffer for President Barack Obama who pushed a pro-housing platform in a run for a State Assembly seat, defeated Jovanka Beckles, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. Proposition 10, the statewide rent control law that lost on Tuesday, was a key issue in that race. Ms. Beckles supported the measure; Ms. Wicks did not.

Where does the California housing debate go from here? More of the same, but with different details. Governor-elect Gavin Newsom campaigned on the outlandishly high goal of building 3.5 million new homes by 2025, and Ms. Wicks’s platform included a number of tenant protections such as an anti-gouging rent cap that would be a less radical version of the defeated rent control expansion on Tuesday’s ballot. In the meantime, State Senator Scott Wiener has at various times said he intends to reintroduce a modified version of a statewide housing streamlining bill that was killed in the State Senate last year.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Sacramento in March.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

• President Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions as he cleaned house after the midterms. He was angered by Mr. Sessions’s recusal from the Russia inquiry. [The New York Times]

• At least 11 bar patrons and a sheriff’s deputy died late Wednesday in a shooting at a country and western dance hall in Thousand Oaks. The bar was holding an event for college students. [The New York Times]

• Several House races in Southern California and the Central Valley remained too close to call. Follow our live results. [The New York Times]

• Representative Steve Knight conceded to Katie Hill, flipping the 25th District in northern Los Angeles County, a major blow to the Republican Party. [The Los Angeles Times]

• Representative Duncan Hunter fended off his Democratic challenger, Ammar Campa-Najjar, in the deeply red 50th District despite facing 60 federal charges. [Associated Press]

• The Republican Young Kim held a slim lead over Gil Cisernos in the 39th District. She is poised to become the first Korean-American woman in Congress. [The Orange County Register]

• Representative Dana Rohrabacher has earned a reputation of being “Putin’s favorite congressman.” Now he is on the verge of being ousted by Harley Rouda in the 48th District. [The Sacramento Bee]

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Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader, received a congratulatory phone call on Wednesday from former President Barack Obama.CreditErin Schaff for The New York Times

• Representative Nancy Pelosi secured an endorsement from Mr. Trump as she lined up votes to resume speakership of the House. [The New York Times]

• Representative Kevin McCarthy announced his bid for House minority leader on Wednesday, a day after losing the majority. [The Bakersfield Californian]

• Large swaths of the Golden State remain conservative; changing the political fabric and voting patterns of a community takes more than one election, an Op-Ed contributor writes. [The New York Times | Op-Ed]

• The F.B.I. raided the home and offices of City Councilman Jose Huizar in Los Angeles. [The Los Angeles Times]

• Proposition C was a long shot until a bookstore owner tweeted at Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce. [San Francisco Chronicle]

• The Google walkout last week was a watershed moment in tech, our columnist writes. [The New York Times]

Tesla named a new chairwoman as the electric-car company sought a counterbalance to Elon Musk, its chief executive. [The New York Times]

• More people left California in 2017 than those who moved to the state. Here’s who they are and where they went. [The Sacramento Bee]

• A shocking number of American women die from childbirth, but California is dramatically reversing this trend. [The Washington Post]

• The man who took a pickax to Mr. Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame reached a plea deal requiring him to pay nearly $9,500 for a replacement. [The New York Times]

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The actor Sunny Suljic outside the Courthouse Skateshop in Los Angeles. “I’m usually at the shop more than at my actual house,” he said.CreditJessica Lehrman for The New York Times

• When he’s not starring in “Mid90s,” Jonah Hill’s coming-of-age skateboarding movie, the 13-year-old actor Sunny Suljic likes to check out his favorite skate shop in West L.A. [The New York Times]

• A pair of identical twins gave birth to their daughters on Sunday, just hours apart from each other. [The Fresno Bee]

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Tunnel View, off Highway 41 in Yosemite.CreditBeth Coller for The New York Times

“No temple made with human hands can compete with Yosemite,” John Muir once wrote.

A century later, America’s national parks are bearing a disproportionate burden of climate change as rising temperatures and new weather patterns create mega blazes.

A travel writer went to Yosemite, where she saw coal-black trees lined up like scarecrows on the side of the road and dark umber burn scars still smelled of smoke months after the Ferguson Fire.

“Is this what it is to camp in California in the 21st century?” a friend asked her.

But there were also tiny green ferns shyly unfurling in the enriched earth. Park rangers welcomed returning visitors, and a naturalization ceremony was held at Glacier Point for some of the country’s newest citizens.

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California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.

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