Cash can make your SoCal jail stay more comfortable

Good morning. It’s Friday, March 10, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Pay for your jail stay

When you commit a crime, get ready for a stay in one of L.A. County or Orange County’s violent and run-down jails. But if you have some money to spare, you can avoid these horrid conditions and get a much nicer setup at one of the region’s small-city jails. “What started out as an antidote to overcrowding has evolved into a two-tiered justice system that allows people convicted of serious crimes to buy their way into safer and more comfortable jail stays.” Los Angeles Times

Take a tour

The Seal Beach jail is one place where inmates can pay to stay. “This is like paradise,” one said. In Seal Beach he shares a room with three people. There was a large selection of DVDs and books, the hot water never ran out, and he was treated like a human being, he said. Los Angeles Times

A selfie conversation starter

Think of it as the selfie that launched a thousand conversations. It showed one African American man with his eight white neighbors. The photo DeMille Halliburton uploaded that day in October set off a storm of debate in Leimert Park, a middle-class, traditionally African American neighborhood. Los Angeles Times

Two decades later

Twenty years later, the Notorious B.I.G.'s killing remains one of L.A.’s biggest unsolved homicides. There are competing theories about who conspired to kill him, but authorities are no closer to solving the case. Los Angeles Times

THE ENVIRONMENT

Water everywhere: California is having its rainiest water year since record-keeping began in 1895 — a phenomenon that has lifted tens of millions of residents from drought, according to government records. Los Angeles Times

CALIFORNIA CULTURE

Riot anniversary exhibition: We’re coming up on the 25th anniversary of the L.A. riots, which occurred after a predominantly white jury acquitted four Los Angeles police officers in the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney King. A new exhibition at the California African American Museum called “No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992” looks back. Los Angeles Times

Bunny Museum on the move: The San Gabriel Valley’s Bunny Museum is hopping on over to a new location. The museum holds the Guinness World Record for most bunny items. San Gabriel Valley-Tribune

Flower bloom awesomeness: The flower bloom in California this year is expected to be epic. Here are some of the best places to see this “Super Bloom.” Men’s Journal

More self-driving cars: The number of autonomous vehicles on California’s roads has more than doubled as carmakers and big tech companies race against secretive start-ups to test their self-driving cars. Financial Times

CALIFORNIA ALMANAC

Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles area: partly cloudy Friday and Saturday. More weather is here.

AND FINALLY

Today’s California memory comes from Vic Bradley:

“In 1990 I took my then-new girlfriend from Vancouver, Canada, to the Napa Valley Wine Auction and we had a blast. On the drive back to San Francisco, she told me that we were not going straight home. She, a struggling sculptor, had gone into debt to show me her favorite place on Earth. She took me onto a puddle jumper plane and we got off in Santa Barbara — heaven, indeed. Guess who I married a couple of years later? We now live in the South of France, close climatically to SB but not quite the same. Never will be.”

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