Nestled in the scenic hills across the bay from San Francisco, the heavily white enclave of Sausalito is home to a thriving, racially and economically integrated charter school. And about a mile away, in the more diverse community of Marin City, is an overwhelmingly black and Hispanic public school.
This division within the Sausalito Marin City School District was intentional, the state Justice Department found after a two-year investigation, concluding that the district had “knowingly and intentionally maintained and exacerbated” racial segregation.
In a settlement with the state, Sausalito Marin City agreed on Friday to desegregate after the Justice Department found that the arrangement violated the equal protection clause of the California Constitution.
The schools will begin integrating in the 2020-21 academic year and provide resources to students who have been hurt by segregation.
“Depriving a child of a fair chance to learn is wicked, it’s warped, it’s morally bankrupt, and it’s corrupt,” Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Friday. “Your skin color or ZIP code should not determine winners and losers.”
Here’s what else we’re following
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— The financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was indicted on charges of sex trafficking girls as young as 14, died of suicide in his federal jail cell in Manhattan on Saturday, officials said. His death has prompted investigations into why he was not more closely monitored and unleashed a torrent of unfounded conspiracy theories. [The New York Times]
— California has the nation’s strictest gun regulations, but it has also seen more mass shootings than any other state in recent years. Here’s a look at the effects of some prominent state laws. [The Mercury News]
— Senator Kamala Harris is pivoting to Iowa. Her five-day bus tour there ends today, but it’s her longest trip yet to any early primary state — and an unmistakable message that Iowa’s caucuses are key to her 2020 campaign. [The New York Times]
— Democrats hold every Orange County congressional seat and are gaining ground in nearly every city. This is why the former Republican stronghold is turning blue. [The Orange County Register]
— Major cities are looking to One Concern, a Silicon Valley start-up that uses artificial intelligence to help emergency responders. But is its promise dangerously exaggerated? [The New York Times]
— The San Francisco school board is reconsidering a decision to destroy a series of historic murals after complaints of censorship. The murals, which depict slaves and a dead Native American, were painted in the 1930s. [The New York Times]
— Hamid Hayat, who was freed after a judge overturned his conviction for a terrorism-related charge, spoke out after returning home to Lodi on Sunday: “I can’t believe this day came.” [KCRA]
— A fraud complaint over a bus deal in Los Angeles shows the challenges of ensuring compliance with job and wage commitments that help win big government contracts. [The New York Times]
— Residents of the San Joaquin Valley don’t need to read last week’s U.N. climate change report, a Fresno County farmer writes in an Op-Ed. They are already living it. [The New York Times | Opinion]
— A proposed bill to make airport runways safer was prompted by a near collision at SFO in 2017. [KQED]
— “The Terror” returns to AMC tonight. This season stars George Takei and is set mostly in a camp like the one where he and other Japanese-Americans were imprisoned during World War II. [The New York Times]
— A number of members-only clubs are opening across L.A. Here are six of the buzziest. [The New York Times]
And Finally …
He’s been called the Gazelle of San Quentin, where he ran his first four marathons.
Now Markelle Taylor is free from the state prison, and he’s been racing every weekend. In March, less than 24 hours after his release, he ran a 10K in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The following month, he finished the Boston Marathon in just over three hours.
“I am representing every lifer in California,” he said before that race. “I don’t want to let them down.”
Taylor now trains with the Tamalpa Runners in Marin County and is planning to run the California International Marathon in December in Sacramento. The sport has a deep significance for him after serving 18 years at San Quentin.
“Running was a form of freedom,” Taylor said. “It was my therapy, a way of escaping. It kept me grounded.”
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California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.