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Morning Scoop: Drunken sheriffs, luxury lumberyard, tea parties


Good morning from the City Desk. A sampler of some of the fine California stories in the daily paper:

The Los Angeles Unified School District campuses under the stewardship of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa could be among the hardest hit in the district's budget cuts, writes Howard Blume.

There's been a major increase in the number of Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies arrested for alcohol-related offenses in recent years, writes Richard Winton. Last year, an off-duty deputy who overdid it at a New Year's party accidentally shot his cousin in the abdomen while showing off his holster.

Sacramento columnist George Skelton takes on what he calls "a crazy myth," that Prop. 1A's real aim is to raise taxes.

Michael Finnegan and Janet Hook take a look at Wednesday's tax day protests and the politics behind them

It's now up to jurors in a racketeering trial to decide whether supermarket mogul George Torres is a legitimate businessman who associated with criminals or is a criminal himself, writes Scott Glover.

California's House members are not shying away from pushing for pet projects, despite President Obama's pledge to cut down on pork-barrel spending, writes Richard Simon. But now they're being required to post the earmarks they ask for online -- as well as a rationale for why they should be funded.

A very ritzy shopping center opens in Malibu this weekend, on the site of a former lumberyard, writes Martha Groves. Among the offerings: $310 sandals and $195 cargo pants.

We'll be at the opening of new apartments for chronically homeless men and women on skid row. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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