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Morning Scoop: Downtown school, lottery dilemma and mobile home regulations

April 6, 2009 |  9:14 am

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Good morning from the City Desk.  A sampler of the fine stories you'll find in today's paper:

It doesn't have a principal. Some think it should be a charter school. Discord continues to build over the new downtown arts school, writes Mitchell Landsberg.

When it comes to Proposition 1C, the Lottery Modernization Act, voters face "a dreadful choice next month," columnist George Skelton says.  "They can vote for horrible public policy. Or they can plunge the state deeper into the deficit hole."

"Being called a communist sympathizer is enough to ruin a reputation in Little Saigon," My-Thuan Tran writes. Now anger over such accusations has led to court cases.

Since 9/11, volunteer Laura Froehlich has rarely missed a flight in or out of March Air Reserve Base. She wants to make sure, Tony Perry writes, Marines heading to and from Afghanistan know they have people on their side, supporting them.

For the last two years, 27 homeowners in a San Fernando Valley mobile home park have been pursuing lawsuits against the park's owners over poor maintenance and code violations. Their problems, according to  Dan Weikel's article, are common to thousands of mobile home residents in the state and raise questions about the effectiveness of state regulators.

There's a silver lining of sorts to the tough job market for young lawyers right now, Carol Williams writes. Some of them are turning to public service -- loaned out  temporarily by corporate law firms.

We'll be at a rally to kick off field operations for the 2010 census this morning, and we'll be in court with Chris Brown this afternoon. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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