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Morning Scoop: Budget woes, a mayor's clout, big fine for snooping

May 15, 2009 | 10:43 am


Good morning from the City Desk. Here's your daily dose of highlights from the day's paper:

With California's special election looming Tuesday and state budget-related propositions appearing unlikely to pass, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released two revised budget proposals, Michael Rothfeld reports. The upshot? If Props 1A-E pass, it will be bad. If they fail, worse.

We also have a roundup of the details of planned spending cuts -- for education, healthcare, social services, law enforcement and local governments.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's backing of Jack Weiss in his contentious race with Carmen Trutanich for city attorney is seen as a test of the mayor's political clout, David Zahniser and Maeve Reston report.

The Kaiser hospital in Bellflower where Nadya Suleman delivered octuplets has been fined $250,000 for failing to keep employees from snooping in her medical records, Charles Ornstein writes. It's the first monetary penalty and the maximum fine under a state law enacted last year.

The businessman accused of selling human body parts donated to UCLA's medical school was found guilty of conspiring to commit grand theft, embezzlement and tax evasion, Jack Leonard reports.

We are following Schwarzenegger's address at the USC graduation ceremony and Vice President Joe Biden's appearance at a South L.A. housing development and are reporting about the scattered LAUSD protests.    

-- Martin Beck

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