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Morning Scoop: Big surf, budget vote, Italian rail cars, more water for some?

July 23, 2009 |  9:49 am


Good morning from the City Desk. A sampler of California stories from the Los Angeles Times:

Backers of a proposed NFL stadium in the City of Industry may be among the few winners in California's budget deal.

Columnist George Skelton says the budget deal "may be the worst ever -- and the very best possible given the reality of California politics."

The state of California has issued a formal apology to the thousands of Chinese immigrants who were treated badly by the state they helped to build.

The city of L.A. may relax its strict watering rules -- but not for homeowners.

Big surf joins the high heat at Southern California's beaches.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is supposed to decide today whether to give Italian rail-car maker AnsaldoBreda a second contract -- worth $300 million. The company already has a contract with the MTA that is three years behind schedule.

The Mexican Consulate in L.A. does much more for immigrants than handing out passports.

Los Angeles County coroner's officials said they have discovered security breaches in the Michael Jackson investigation, with the pop star's death certificate improperly viewed hundreds of times.

Lawmakers in Sacramento are expected to vote on the budget deal today -- but without the controversial prison plan that calls for reducing the prison population by 27,000. We'll bring you that vote and other news as we get it.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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