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California Today: Koreatown’s Wary Response to the Trump-Kim Meeting

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A mural of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles.CreditEugene Garcia/EPA, via Shutterstock

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The moment was historic, its significance marked by breathless news coverage across the globe. President Trump and the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un met in Singapore, the first such encounter between leaders of the United States and North Korea, and the opening step in a delicate dance meant to de-escalate tensions between the two countries.

But you may not have known it from an evening out in Los Angeles’s Koreatown neighborhood on Monday, where residents and visitors carried on as usual while the two men shook hands a world away.

Mr. Kim certainly inspires passionate disavowals among Korean-Americans and immigrants living here, but his meeting with Mr. Trump drew muted interest across Korean bars, restaurants and entertainment spaces.

At a billiards hall in Koreatown, Yoon Hong Jung, 69, said that he was waiting to see what comes out of the meeting before he decides whether it was a good or bad idea. Mr. Yoon, who moved to the United States from South Korea 18 years ago, added that he has little faith that Mr. Kim has good intentions when it comes to nuclear disarmament.

“He’s a terrorist,” said Mr. Yoon, who still has family in South Korea. “ I don’t believe Kim Jong-un.”

Asked if he had been watching the news coverage, he pointed at the pool hall’s television with a slight shrug; the program on display was a Korean talk show. “Kim Jong-un is evil,” he added, and he did not need to watch the news to make up his mind about that. He soon returned to his game.

Lee Inho, 20, who moved to the United States when he was 5, said he was not even aware there was a meeting happening. “That’s something Americans care about,” he said with a smile, before walking back to a pool table to take his turn.

Down the street, at a cafe blasting Korean pop music, Oh Sooh-Ah, 21, said that she had followed the coverage of the meeting in Korean newspapers. But Ms. Oh, who left Korea nearly 11 years ago, said she and her family have scarcely discussed the meeting. She added that Korean families are often reluctant to discuss politics.

She also said her life here in the United States felt a long way away from the problems facing the Korean Peninsula.

“Of course we’re worried, our friends and families are there,” she said. “I’m not saying people don’t care. But people here aren’t feeling the reality of it.”

[Follow live updates of the summit meeting here.]

California Online

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The federal government will investigate the University of Southern California’s handling of complaints against a gynecologist at the university.CreditJenna Schoenefeld for The New York Times

(Please note: We regularly highlight articles on news sites that have limited access for nonsubscribers.)

• The federal government is investigating the University of Southern California’s handling of sexual misconduct complaints against the gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall. [The Los Angeles Times]

• Creditors have seized control of a dairy owned by Representative David Valadao and his family over $ 8 million in unpaid loans. [The Fresno Bee]

• The California Labor Commissioner said that Cheesecake Factory restaurants in Southern California had cheated nearly 600 janitors out of $ 4.57 million in wages and overtime. [The Orange County Register]

• Tensions have erupted on the campus of Chapman University in Orange County over a $ 5 million gift by the Charles Koch Foundation. [The Orange County Register]

• The state has seen a stark decline in refugee admissions under the Trump administration: California brought in just over 800 refugees between October and May, down from 4,500 in the same period a year before and 3,700 two years before. [The San Francisco Chronicle]

• California Republicans are using liberal calls for single-payer health care in their attack ads against Democrats. It could hurt those running in competitive districts. [The Hill]

George Skelton on the state’s top-two primary system: “Shady game-playing was not what open primary reformers intended.” [Los Angeles Times]

Laurene Powell Jobs, the sixth-richest woman in the world, has largely sought to remain out of the spotlight. But as she expands her philanthropy, what is her vision? [The Washington Post]

• A sharp increase in voter turnout in Sacramento County followed its first all-mail election. What could that mean for voting in other counties? [The Sacramento Bee]

• Facing a unionization push, Tesla said that it is being punished for doing business in California. [The Sacramento Bee]

And Finally …

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Fiona Trias, left, and Whitnee Turner, both of Orange County, dine at Saved by the Max, a Saved by the Bell-themed pop-up restaurant in West Hollywood.CreditEmily Berl for The New York Times

If you were a fan of the TV show “Saved by the Bell” in the early 1990s, a new pop-up restaurant in West Hollywood has emerged to refill your nostalgia reserves. The restaurant, Saved by the Max, meticulously recreates the neon-lit cafe where the kids from Bayside High School in the fictional Los Angeles suburb of Palisades liked to hang out after class, Frank DeCaro says in his review for The Times.

“When I walked into that place, my knees buckled because it was just perfect,” said Dennis Haskins, the actor who played Principal Richard “The Big Bopper” Belding on the show. “I was looking around for the crew. It was that good.”

Keen-eyed visitors to the restaurant will notice, in an array of school lockers, replicas of props like the brick-size cellphone favored by the preppy bad boy Zack Morris and bottles of the caffeine pills like those abused by Jessie Spano in the series’ most infamous episode. There is even a recreation of Mr. Belding’s office: paneling, pennants and all. Read our full piece here.

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

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