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• A subculture of surfers dots coastlines from San Diego to Sydney after sunset. Visibility is just one of the perils. Why do it? [The New York Times]

Ann Coulter rejected an offer to reschedule her speech at U.C. Berkeley after it had been canceled over safety concerns. [The New York Times]

• A Beverly Hills couple was accused of masterminding a sprawling medical-insurance scheme. [Orange County Register]

• An examination revealed “a sequence of questionable decisions and missteps” in the Lake Oroville crisis. [The Associated Press]


Construction laborers worked to demolish a home in Los Angeles. Credit Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

• In Los Angeles’s construction force, immigrants have gained jobs, unions have withered and pay has sunk. [Los Angeles Times]

• Watch out. Rattlesnake sightings are way up in Southern California. [Los Angeles Times]

• Tahoe got so much snow that Squaw Valley ski resort is considering staying open all summer. [Bloomberg]

• A Los Angeles matchmaking service connects people based on their mutual affection for cannabis. [The New York Times]


Demonstrators at San Francisco International Airport protested an executive order signed by President Trump that restricted immigration in January. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Silicon Valley companies are offering workers paid time off to protest President Trump. [The Washington Post]

• An oral history of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill that helped shape the modern environmental movement. [Pacific Standard]

• The Central Valley dominated a ranking of the most polluted American cities. [Quartz]


A Korean marcher in “Let It Fall: L.A. 1982-1992.” Credit Lincoln Square Productions

• Our critic can’t recommend this enough: John Ridley’s wrenching documentary about the Los Angeles riots. [The New York Times]

• Another documentary on the Grateful Dead inspires a newfound appreciation of the band’s indelible stamp on the culture. [Opinion | Los Angeles Times]

And Finally …


The pop-up Museum of Ice Cream relocated to Los Angeles after a much-hyped run in New York City. Credit Katie Gibbs

On Saturday, a swimming pool full of rainbow sprinkles will open in Los Angeles — at last.

After a popular run in New York last summer, the pop-up Museum of Ice Cream has moved into an arts district warehouse, where it will celebrate all things milk, cream and sugar for the next five weeks.

The museum created 10 “reimagined” installations, including a melted Popsicle jungle, a walk of fame — featuring “Vanilla Ice” of course — and a live mint “grow house.”

The project is the brainchild of Maryellis Bunn, a design strategist, and her boyfriend, Manish Vora, a former investment banker.


The museum features a melted Popsicle jungle. Credit Katie Gibbs

Asked why they chose Los Angeles, Mr. Vora said it was a natural choice.

“If you look at the epicenters of ice cream innovation, you’re seeing that happening in Los Angeles,” he said, citing the city’s artisanal creameries such as Salt & Straw.

The museum is arguably as much a celebration of Instagram culture as ice cream. The Willy Wonka-like backdrops at the New York installation became a major selfie attraction. (Mr. Vora said visitors comprised a “heavy millennial set.”)

A flavor of commercialism is also hard to ignore. American Express and Dove Chocolate are among the sponsors. A gift shop sells mini cone earrings ($8), sprinkle socks ($14) and a pink Ping-Pong table ($10,500).

Thankfully, real ice cream is included in the ticket price ($29 for adults and $18 for children and seniors). California creameries will be on hand with a rotating “scoop of the week.”

The museum runs from April 22 to May 29.

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The California Today columnist, Mike McPhate, is a third-generation Californian — born outside Sacramento and raised in San Juan Capistrano. He lives in Davis.

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

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