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Morning Scoop: Hollyweed and Vine, Bratton’s blessing, cakes and company

November 4, 2009 |  9:13 am

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Good morning from the City Desk, where it's chillier inside than outside. Some California stories from today's Los Angeles Times to help you rev up your conversational motors:

Bratton's blessing: Outgoing LAPD Chief William J. Bratton was lobbying for Charlie Beck to succeed him. For a while, that may have put the odds against Beck.

Record settlement: Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate mogul Donald T. Sterling and his wife, Rochelle, have agreed to pay a record $2.7 million in a settlement over allegations that they discriminated against Latinos, African Americans and families with children at their many Los Angeles-area apartment buildings. If approved, it will be the largest settlement the U.S. Justice Department has ever obtained in a case involving apartment rentals.

Hollyweed and Vine: Steve Lopez takes a whirlwind tour of Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensaries.

Mixed verdicts: Former Dominguez High basketball coach Russell Otis was convicted Tuesday of misdemeanor child molesting, but the jury acquitted him on two other charges and deadlocked on a third.

Cakes and company: A Pomona couple have become very close to firefighters at a nearby fire station, and it all started with a cake.

Big spender: The primary's still seven months away, but Meg Whitman already has spent $19 million in her bid to become California's next governor.

The state Legislature finally has passed a comprehensive bill to overhaul the water system. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

Got news for us? Let me know at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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