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A brief history of 2020 in California, in photos

Hello.

One of the strangest aspects of 2020 has been how the pandemic has made time more elastic. Months passed in what looked like days. The days looked like eons.

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

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

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Learn about the latest state restrictions and guidelines. [CA.gov]

  • A more contagious variant of the coronavirus that has spread across 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 moving alternative care sites. [CA.gov]


I’ll be on “vacation” next week – that is, sitting on my couch, avoiding computer screens and taking long walks around my neighborhood – but you will be in good hands with my colleagues. I wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy new year.

We will be leaving tomorrow for the holidays.


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Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from UC Berkeley and has reported statewide, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles – but she always wants to see more. Follow us here or on Twitter.

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

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