California Today: A Finance Man in the Race for Governor

Thursday: Checking in with the state treasurer, homeless crises in San Diego and Anaheim, and bracing for Ben Shapiro in Berkeley.

Good morning.(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)John Chiang, California’s bespectacled treasurer, is a finance man.His two decades in public office have been all taxes, budgets, bonds and pensions.It’s a resume that Mr. Chiang, a Democrat, hopes will persuade voters that he is the governor California needs as it wrestles with a housing crisis and gaping income equality.He’ll need to outshine two bold-name rivals in the 2018 race: Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor,...