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Morning scoop: Pink slips, poor rich cities, counting dogs

February 17, 2009 |  8:52 am

Moringscoop

Good morning from the city desk! The freeways are wet and crowded. The state still has no budget. But we've got good reads in the morning paper. A sampling:

Lawmakers are due back in Sacramento at 10 this morning to resume the  battle toward a budget deal. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) told senators to bring their toothbrushes and prepare to stay until it's over.  Meanwhile, the governor says he's prepared to lay off 10,000 and halt the last 275 state-funded public works projects.

Even rich cities are hurting right now. Alexandra Zavis writes of million-dollar mansions in foreclosure in Newport Beach and stores laying off staff on Rodeo Drive.

They're sniffing out furry scofflaws in Long Beach  -- with animal control officers going door to door to search out pets without tags.

Roman Polanski wants 1977 child sex charges against him dismissed. A hearing begins today -- and the documentary filmmaker whose work prompted the director to push for dismissal will be in the courtroom.

Day after day, the widow of a train worker holds a silent protest  near the spot where he died after falling from a train platform in Wilmington. She holds Union Pacific, his former employer, responsible.

Columnist Hector Tobar spends some time in immigration court, where the odds of avoiding deportation are slim.

We're watching the budget wrangling and the wet weather, and we'll be at Polanski's hearing this afternoon.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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