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Morning Scoop: `Putrid pork,’ losing libraries, el churrero

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Good morning from the City Desk, where we're beginning the turkey-and-stuffing countdown. Some California stories from today's paper to help you satisfy your informational appetites:

Hefty fee hikes: The University of California's Board of Regents is expected to approve major student fee increases today, which would raise costs for undergraduates by $2,500, or 32%, by next fall.

Losing libraries: Some California libraries are closing down, and many are cutting hours and staff as communities all over the state slash their budgets.

Gang intervention: A plan for a city-sponsored training academy for gang intervention workers hits a snag as philosophies and egos clash.

Churros here: Deciderio Mauricio Cantera sells churros at the San Ysidro border crossing. He's been hawking at the border for 41 years.

Putrid pork: That's what Sacramento columnist George Skelton calls a good chunk of the $11.1-billion water bond that voters will be asked to approve next year. He predicts that in these hard times, we won't stomach it.

Paradise Cove: A Malibu mobile home park that allowed sewage to spill into the ocean will have to pay only $54,500 of its original $1.65-million fine.

Station fire: A report by the L.A. County Fire Department sharply questions the U.S. Forest Service's aggressiveness in the Station fire.

We're following today's UC regents meeting at UCLA, where students have stormed a building to protest the proposed fee hikes. We're also watching to see if there's any West Coast fallout from an FAA computer problem in Atlanta that has affected flights across the country.

We'll bring you more news as we get it. Got news for us? A good story idea? Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com. I'd love to hear from you.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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