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Morning Scoop: Bulldozing Compton Creek, Cal State cuts, the Hotel Bel-Air’s Champagne Bar

September 29, 2009 |  9:42 am

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Good morning from the City Desk, where we're looking out at a cool, gray sky. Some California stories from today's paper to get you going on your way:

Stop the complaining. It might get you in more trouble. In fact, it might have been the complaints of his lawyers that got Roman Polanski arrested in Zurich.

The crowd at the Hotel Bel-Air's Champagne Bar will bubble over tonight as Antonio Castillo de la Gala plays the baby grand one last time. The veteran piano player and 220 others are losing their jobs as the hotel shuts down for a major renovation.

Hector Tobar visits Cal State L.A., where budget cuts are hitting hard, forcing professors to turn students away from classes.

Police are still looking for two men who fired six shotgun rounds into a car in Van Nuys, killing 4-month-old Andrew Garcia.

It turns out the old revolvers stuffed in the closet were worth a pretty penny.


San Pedro may be heading for a major spruce-up. The L.A. Harbor Commission votes today on a $1.2-billion waterfront makeover.

Each year, Compton Creek is bulldozed for flood control. Environmentalists want to see a gentler approach to caring for the 20-mile waterway.

Victims of the Station fire are demanding a federal probe into the initial response to the Station fire.

With care, the forest will live and thrive again. That's what scientists studying the aftermath of the fire are saying. Don't miss the photos.

We'll continue to bring you news on the Roman Polanski case. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

Got any news to tell us? Feel free to let me know at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld 

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