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Morning Scoop: Clean technology, Carona's 66 months, Sojourner Truth

April 28, 2009 |  9:52 am


Good morning from the City Desk. A sampler of California stories from today's paper:

He wanted probation, but former Orange County Sheriff  Mike Carona has been sentenced to 66 months in prison for attempting to obstruct a grand jury investigation. The federal judge who sentenced him said he would not tolerate lying, "especially by the county's highest-ranking law enforcement officer," reports Christine Hanley.

FBI agents monitored Orange County gyms to gather intelligence on members of local mosques, according to a man who claims to have been a key informant. The man says he was instructed by the FBI to lure mosque members to work out with him at the gyms, reports Scott Glover. He said he would later identify the individuals for agents using security footage.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has big plans for some scraggly real estate east of downtown. He hopes to create a clean technology manufacturing corridor spanning 2,236 acres and producing many green jobs, reports Maeve Reston.

Columnist Hector Tobar spends time at a day-labor site in Cypress Park -- and reflects on public willingness to accept what he calls "stark inequality."

The debates have been shrill, the tactics sophomoric. The negative campaigning is ugly. Maeve Reston reports on the race for Los Angeles city attorney.

At 81, Los Angeles sculptor Artis Lane is celebrating what may be her greatest commission. Today, First Lady Michelle Obama will unveil Lane's bronze bust of Sojourner Truth, the first sculpture of a black woman to reside in the U.S. Capitol.

The city of Los Angeles has given up on that plan to quadruple storm-water pollution cleanup fees over the next five years, at least for now, reports David Zahniser.

The Century Plaza hotel makes the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual list of most endangered places in the U.S.

We'll bring you more news as we get it.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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