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A Brief History of 2020 in California, in Photos

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Good morning.

One of the stranger aspects of 2020 has been the way the pandemic has made time feel more elastic. Months passed in what felt like days. Days felt like eternities.

But we made it. Tomorrow will, in fact, be a new year. Here’s a short timeline of 2020 in California to remind you of how far we’ve come:

  • Jan. 26: Kobe Bryant, the Lakers legend, dies in a helicopter crash, along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others. His death is shocking, and spurs an outpouring of grief in Los Angeles and around the world.

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Read about the state’s latest restrictions and guidelines. [CA.gov]

  • A more contagious variant of the coronavirus that has been spreading through Britain has been discovered in San Diego County. [The New York Times]

  • Track coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations across the state. [The New York Times]

  • Find out where the state is setting up alternate care sites. [CA.gov]


I’ll be on “vacation” next week — i.e., sitting on my couch, avoiding computer screens and going for long walks around my neighborhood — but you’ll be in capable hands with my colleagues. Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and happy new year.

We’ll be off tomorrow for the holiday.


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Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has reported all over the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — but she always wants to see more. Follow along here or on Twitter.

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

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