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Morning scoop: School for johns, FBI informant, getting homeless off the street

February 26, 2009 |  8:55 am


Good morning from the City Desk! The paper is full of interesting news.

In the Column One, Joel Rubin writes about a test program in Los Angeles in which men arrested for soliciting prostitutes are brought together for a day of tough talk and blunt advice, with the aim of scaring and shaming them.

Santa Monica officials hope a drop in the number of homeless on the city's streets might be a sign that a new, multipronged effort to find people shelter and treatment is working.

As federal authorities prepare to prosecute Ahmadullah Sais Niazi, a Tustin man accused of lying about his ties to Al Qaeda, another man has come forward, claiming to be an FBI informant who helped nab Niazi by recording the suspect and infiltrating Orange County mosques.

Former workers at two Central Coast animal sanctuaries run by the Dancing Star Foundation claim the management euthanized cows, horses and burros to save money.

Columnist George Skelton sits down with the governor and reports that he is eager again to assume the role of state reformer and embraces the idea of holding a constitutional convention to overhaul state government.

City Hall reporter Maeve Reston reports that, in his bid for city attorney, Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich has "compressed his 30-year legal career into a narrow sliver: the time he spent prosecuting serious gang crimes."

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and electrical engineer Nick Patsaouras both live in the San Fernando Valley, care about public transit and run in the same political circles. Where the candidates for city controller differ greatly, says City Hall reporter David Zahniser, is in their temperaments.

The Los Angeles primary is Tuesday, March 3. For more on the candidates and issues, be sure to visit our Election Central.

And take a look, too, at our new interactive map of Los Angeles. Type in your address. See what neighborhood we have you living in. Got quibbles or comments? Let us know. We're eager for your input.

We'll be trying to find out more about the FBI informant, and we'll be at the closing arguments in the trial of Raymond Lee Oyler, the man accused of setting the Esperanza fire in which five firefighters died. We'll bring you the news as soon as we get it. And we’ll be attending the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s morning meeting, watching to see if the giant transportation agency names a new CEO.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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