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Morning Scoop: Musical memoir, strings attached, tick tock for the governor

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Good morning from the City Desk, where we're looking forward to lunch in the sun at the farmers market outside City Hall. Some certified organic California stories to get you off to a good start:

Musical memoir: Film composer Thomas Newman delivers a love letter to his L.A. roots at Disney Hall.

Strings attached: Beverly Hills has decide to forgive parking tickets for the homeless and seriously struggling -- but with a big catch. They'll have to complete a 90-day rehab program.

Tick tock: The governor's time is running out, with just one last year to improve upon his legacy. Sacramento columnist George Skelton looks at how he might do so.

Synagogue shooting: Investigators are looking at whether the shootings at a North Hollywood synagogue in October could be linked to Israeli-connected organized crime.

Speaker succession: A cousin of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa leads the race to become the next state Assembly speaker. His main rival's another Angeleno.

Working women: A charter school in Long Beach named after Rosie the Riveter aims to break down barriers for female students who want to enter male-dominated careers.

Los Angeles' new police chief is being sworn in this morning. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

Got news for us? A story idea? A suggestion? Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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