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Morning Scoop: Boxing Boxer, roots up, billion-dollar bond

November 5, 2009 |  9:20 am

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Good morning from the City Desk, where the morning fog is not just in our heads today. Some California stories from today's paper to help you clear a path through the mist:

Big bucks: California lawmakers have passed a major water deal -- but its $11.1-billion bond depends on us.

Government worked: So says Sacramento columnist George Skelton about the water deal, which he calls "the most comprehensive California water legislation in half a century."

Trickle up: LAPD Chief William J. Bratton concentrated on the LAPD's top tiers to make change. Charlie Beck says he'll emphasize the rank and file because "the only way that real change is made is from the bottom up."

Pushed out: An audit found that Sharon Harper, L.A. County's second-highest-ranking employee, improperly helped her son-in-law get an "overcompensated" job. Now Harper has lost her own job.

Teamster resigns: A top West Coast Teamsters official has stepped down as allegations swirl that he harassed a former secretary, offering to be her "sugar daddy."

Boxing Boxer: Carly Fiorina came out swinging at Barbara Boxer when she announced she would run as a GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Missed chances: A state report catalogs the missed opportunities of parole officers, saying they could have discovered Jaycee Dugard long ago.

Police say DNA evidence has given them a suspect in the 1997 slayings of a North Hollywood mother and son. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

Got news to tell us? Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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