First Take: Independents on the fence. Brown gets assist from Obama.
-- Steve Lopez says independent voters still have not picked a candidate in the race for California governor.
-- Council members in Bell were paid thousands to sit on boards that rarely met.
-- Jerry Brown got a fund-raising assist from President Obama on Tuesday, and the flood of support crashed Brown's campaign website.
-- The U.S. Secretary of Education is pushing for schools to release data that would help parents evaluate teachers.
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