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Pilot dead after small plane crashes into hillside near Upland

Los Angeles Times

The wreckage of a small airplane that was reported missing early Tuesday has been found on a steep hillside near Upland, authorities said. A Piper PA28 flying to Riverside was reported missing before 5 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said. Air traffic controllers lost communication with the plane at about 4:30 a.m. after it took off from Ontario Airport; they requested a sheriff's search and rescue team, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Elisabeth Sachs. Searchers found the aircraft crashed on a grass- and brush-covered hillside between two canyons about a mile east of San Antonio Dam about 6 a.m., Sachs said. The plane's lone occupant was found dead, the San Bernardino County Fire Department tweeted.

Lawmakers remember a woman who blazed a trail in the California Legislature

Los Angeles Times

Marian Bergeson, the first woman to serve both in the state Senate and Assembly, has died, city officials confirmed. Bergeson, whose long political resume also included state secretary of education, Orange County supervisor and Newport-Mesa school board member, died Wednesday morning at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, said former Mayor Evelyn Hart, a close friend. "Marian was a great lady, and she'll be missed, as she was an inspiration to women," Hart said. "My best memories of her were the love she showed back to this community of Newport Beach ... We all knew we could call on Marian when we needed her, even when when she was busy in Sacramento." Hart, who was with Bergeson in the hospital not long before she died, knew Bergeson "before she was on the school board."

Orange County could turn blue on Tuesday

Los Angeles Times

It is Wednesday, Nov. 2. Yummy, yummy, yummy -- these might be the best burgers in San Francisco and Oakland. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: For the first time since the Depression, Orange County could go blue in the presidential election. Though the tilt to the left may have been inevitable, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears to be speeding up the process by turning off college-educated white women and wealthy suburbanites. "They expect a certain style from their presidential nominee, a certain intellect and a kind of measure in serious discussion of policy," said Stu Rothenberg, a veteran nonpartisan political analyst.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi weighs in on race to replace Rep. Loretta Sanchez

Los Angeles Times

Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. You can find the June Essential Politics archives here, and our earlier coverage of the June 7 California primary here. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has taken a side in the fight between two Democrats running to replace Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange), who is seeking a U.S. Senate seat. In a statement Monday, Pelosi announced her endorsement of former state senator Lou Correa. "Lou has developed a long and strong record of problem solving both as a local and state leader," Pelosi said.

Starbucks customers help capture robbers who stole woman's laptop, police say

Los Angeles Times

Berkeley police say Starbucks customers helped them capture armed robbers who made off with a woman's laptop. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that two Oakland men, ages 19 and 22, were arrested for the apparent robbery at a Starbucks about a mile from the campus of UC Berkeley. Police said witnesses described a man ripping a laptop away from a woman and heading for the exit, but a customer moved to block the door. The robber pulled out a gun, police said, and the customer moved away from the door. Police said a Starbucks patron told them a getaway vehicle and driver were waiting for the man.