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Morning Scoop: Crime plunge, red-light revenue, Damon’s dream

December 24, 2009 |  9:59 am

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Good morning from the City Desk, where we're trying to hold off on the visions of sugarplums at least until we put out the paper. Some California stories from today's edition to help sustain you through the day:

Crime plunge: Crime in Los Angeles County dropped again in 2009, even in this bad economy. Homicides are down to levels not seen since the 1960s.

Damon's dream: Sacramento columnist George Skelton tells the story of Damon Dunn, the former football player who wants to be California secretary of state.

Red-light revenue: Los Angeles City Hall may be drowning in a sea of red ink, but revenue from red-light cameras is growing.

Targeting transit: Boosters of mass transit react angrily to news that the governor wants to tap public transportation funds to balance the budget.

Weho rehab: Neighbors want to know how a rehab center could wind up within blocks of West Hollywood's thriving bar and club scene.

It's a quiet day so far. But we'll bring you more news as we get it. Got news for us? Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com

-- Nita Lelyveld

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