Apartment properties California TodayImageSpare base isolators that were used at Apple's new campus in Cupertino. CreditCreditJim Wilson/The New York
Apartment properties California TodayImageSpare base isolators that were used at Apple’s new campus in Cupertino. CreditCreditJim Wilson/The New York TimesGood morning.(Here’s the sign-up, if you don’t already get California Today by email.)It’s Tuesday, which means you may have spent the evening mourning iTunes, which, as my colleague Kevin Roose put it, was dragged to “the great trash can in the sky” on Monday at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. (Other highlights from that event included the unveiling of a $6,000 Mac and a separate app store for the Apple Watch.) The closely watched conference came the same day news broke that Apple was among the tech giants facing mounting scrutiny from federal regulators. In other words, Monday was a big one for Apple’s core business — but that’s not why my colleague Thomas Fuller recently visited the company’s new headquarters. He wrote about how he ended up in Cupertino for his new piece on earthquake safety:When I arrived in San Francisco a little over three years ago I looked out of my office window at swinging construction cranes and wondered whether the city had fully investigated the risks of a high-rise building boom in an earthquake zone.The question set me on a journey of discovery, to Apple’s new headquarters in Silicon Valley and ultimately to write a story we published today about what some engineers describe as a major shortcoming in California’s earthquake preparedness.In the quarter-century since Northridge, the last major earthquake in California, engineers have developed and tested technologies that can reduce earthquake shaking by as much as five times. And yet the number of American buildings that use this technology — around 175 — is tiny for a society as technologically advanced and wealthy as ours.[Read the full story here.]Japan employs the technology, known as base isolation, in around 9,000 buildings, and thousands more Japanese structures use other technologies like shock-absorbing dampers that mitigate earthquake damage. Our story today explores why the United States has largely stuck to a minimal construction standard, one that studies predict will leave thousands of buildings unusable immediately after a large earthquake.The separate article looks at a building that bucked the trend — the new Apple headquarters. Steve Jobs never got to see the finished product but he insisted the building use a seismic system designed to keep the building relatively steady during earthquake shaking. The folks at Apple told me that Jim Wilson, our bureau photographer, and I were the first journalists they allowed in to view the seismic devices, which are two stories underground.Earthquake preparedness has always felt to me like a story we should keep pursuing. Please reach out if you have tips, comments or criticism. I’m at email@example.com.Here’s what else we’re following(We often link to sites that limit access for nonsubscribers. We appreciate your reading Times coverage, but we also encourage you to support local news if you can.)ImageEducators, parents, students and supporters of the Los Angeles teachers’ strike in Grand Park in January.CreditScott Heins/Getty Images• Angelenos will hit the polls today to decide whether to approve a parcel tax that would help fund public schools, following a high-profile teachers’ strike this year. While educators say the money is necessary for schools that are chronically low on resources, opponents say the Los Angeles Unified School District needs to get its spending in check. [The Los Angeles Times]Also: Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles told me on Friday he was sitting out the California Democratic Party Convention in part to continue drumming up support for the measure over the weekend. “We want to leave everything out on the field,” he said.• Congress gave final approval to a long-delayed disaster relief package on Monday. The $19.1 billion package includes aid for California wildfire recovery. President Trump has said he’ll sign it. [The New York Times]• In another unusual twist, a judge removed the lead prosecutor in the court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, the high-profile Navy SEAL who’s been accused of war crimes. [The New York Times]• Early this year, it seemed as if the state’s developers and construction unions were close to a deal that could spur the building of desperately needed homes. Now, not so much. [CALmatters]• The former head coach of U.S.C.’s women’s soccer team, Ali Khosroshahin, reversed course and agreed to plead guilty in the college admissions fraud case. He’s the 22nd person out of 50 to say they’ll admit to charges. [USA Today]• A record number of dead gray whales — at least 70 — have washed up on West Coast shores. Federal officials have declared it a wildlife emergency. Scientists said they’ve seen emaciated whales in unusual locations. [The Mercury News]More California storiesImageChef Jordan Kahn, left, prepares a dish of rice pudding and trout roe at his restaurant Vespertine, in Culver City. CreditRobyn Beck/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images• Here are the Los Angeles restaurants that earned Michelin stars. [Eater Los Angeles]• The artist Chen Weiming was set to unveil a statue in the desert memorializing “Tank Man,” the unidentified Chinese dissident who stared down a tank in Tiananmen Square, to mark the massacre’s 30th anniversary. [The Daily Press]• Want to know more about the new heavyweight champion of the world, Andy Ruiz Jr.? Here’s a quick primer. [The New York Times]And Finally …ImageNahnatchka Khan in Los Angeles.CreditRozette Rago for The New York TimesOver the weekend, the rom-com “Always Be My Maybe” debuted on Netflix. You may have heard about the perfect Keanu Reeves cameo, or about how social media basically willed the film, fronted by Ali Wong and Randall Park, onto our TV screens.It was directed by Nahnatchka Khan, the creator of “Fresh Off the Boat.” When she talked to Sopan Deb, a Times reporter, at the public library in San Francisco, she shared a little about how shooting on location there lent the film a little extra (and unexpected) authenticity. Ms. Khan describes what it was like: We shot here last summer in July and I wasn’t ready. It was crazy. I’ve never been colder.But Ali is from the Bay Area so it was very important to us to show San Francisco in a different way, not just the postcard version. For example, the childhood homes we shot in the Richmond District and it’s beautiful, it’s real. That’s where they would have lived.We shot in the farmers’ market that’s just right here two days a week, and we didn’t have complete control of the crowd. At first, I didn’t know what to expect, I was like, “Is everybody going to be looking at our cameras?”Nobody cared about us. They were trying to get the best deal on radishes.So in the movie, you’ll see a take where Ali comes out to greet Randall and she’s sort of jostled by these women who are not extras. Those are women going for the cucumbers.Next up, Jamal Jordan, an author, photographer and digital editor at The Times, will explore queer love across generations at the San Diego Central Library on June 12. R.S.V.P. here.Thanks to Elaine Chen for transcribing Ms. Khan’s comments.California Today goes live at 6:30 a.m. Pacific time weekdays. Tell us what you want to see: CAtoday@nytimes.com. Were you forwarded this email? Sign up for California Today here.Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, went to school at 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, @jillcowan.California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.