The Wider World

U.S. population: a small increase

SOME STATES will benefit more than other from the results of the 2020 U..S Census (Shutterstock).

Population growth, typically a robust part of the decennial U.S Census, has slowed to a walk. According to the earliest results from the 2020 count announced Monday, the number of Americans rose by 7.4 percent to 331,449,281. That’s the slowest rate of growth since the 1930s.

The immediate beneficiaries of the tally are states that picked up more seats in the House of Representatives, which is based on population. California will lose one district in the 2022 elections, as will Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. That also means one Electoral College vote in the 2024 presidential election.

Texas will gain two seats and picking up one seat each are Oregon, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, and Florida.

Overall, Republican majority states gained a net of five seats, and Democratic states lost a net of three seats. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the party that holds a majority in that state will carry any or all of those seats.

News: Recall election of Newsom is a go

CALIFORNIA GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM (Matt Gush/Shutterstock).

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom will face a recall election, probably this fall. The California Secretary of State announced Monday that enough valid signatures – more than 1.6 million – had been collected and submitted.

It will be only the second attempted recall of a governor in state history. In 2003, voters removed Gray Davis, a Democrat, from office. He was replaced by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

So far, no Democrats have stepped forward as a replacement candidate should Newsom lose. On the Republican side, among the candidates are Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner and three others.

Business: Honda is going electric

Honda, one of the world’s biggest automobile manufacturers, is planning to sell only electric cars in the North American market in a couple of decades, according to USA Today.

The deadline is 2040, although the Japanese carmaker is describing its plans as a “goal” rather than a firm promise. So far, Jaguar, Volvo and General Motors have announced they will cease production of gasoline-powered cars, the latter by 2035.

Wall Street (mostly) on the rise: Two of the three major stock indexes reported gains on Monday. The Dow was down 61.92 points to close at 33,981.57. However, the S&P 500 rose 7.45 points to 4,187.62 and the Nasdaq went up by 121.87 points to 14,138.78.

Sports:  Dodgers still MLB’s best

This isn’t exactly rocket science, but – surprise! – the MLB team with the best record is the best team in big league hardball. Sports Illustrated’s weekly Power Rankings out Monday (today) have the Los Angeles Dodgers (15-7) rated number one, as they have been all though this young season.

Second are the San Diego Padres. Filling out the top five are the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox.

The Los Angeles Angels slipped from eighth to 11th place. The worst team, according to, is the Detroit Tigers, who, not by chance, have the worst record (7-16) in baseball.

Monday’s scores

  • Angels 9, Texas Rangers 4
  • Lakers 114, Orlando Magic 103
  • New Orleans Pelicans 120, Clippers 103
  • Cincinnati at Dodgers
  • Kings at Ducks

Weather: Clouds, then sun, sun, sun

SUNNY WEATHER later this week.

That rain we all thought was coming has been downgraded to a couple of sprinkles here and there for the West Orange County area. Tuesday will be partly cloudy with a daytime high of 67 (overnight low of 52). But that will give way to warmer and more summery weather.

Wednesday will see a high of 79, followed by 84 on Thursday, and then 89 by Friday. In the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, expect daytime highs to be three to five degrees cooler. A small craft warning will be in place.


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