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Morning Scoop: a message to Latinos, a drop in the budget bucket, a lock on recyclables

June 16, 2009 | 10:48 am


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

A state budget panel has rejected some of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's big proposals to close the budget deficit as Democratic lawmakers announce their own plan featuring billions of dollars in taxes, writes Shane Goldmacher.

Columnist Hector Tobar says: Listen up, raza, Latinos need to stop fighting black people and start thanking them.

The Los Angeles Police Department is praising its handling of Sunday night's downtown craziness after the Lakers clinched the NBA championship, write Corina Knoll, Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton. Meanwhile, Sam Farmer and Sam Quinones report that the mayor hopes private donors will pay the city's share of victory parade costs.

In the last three years, the state has paid $3.2 million to provide lawmakers with cars, gas and insurance (which also covers their family members). It's a drop in the budget bucket, writes Patrick McGreevy, but a state panel is taking a good look at the cost.

In one Santa Ana neighborhood, residents bothered by people scavenging for recyclables have turned to special bins that lock and are designed to thwart bears, writes Tony Barboza in the Out There column.

Some students in Chino will be having a short summer this year -- thanks to a school district error that leaves them with 34 days to make up, writes Seema Mehta.

Authorities are trying to get Eastside residents ready for the Gold Line by handing out hundreds of traffic citations to drivers and pedestrians, writes Hector Becerra.

Burton Way used to be a sleepy little street, but now it's the site for several new developments, writes Cara DiMassa.

We'll continue to follow the budget debate in Sacramento. And we're chasing details of the arrest of a dozen members of the 18th Street gang. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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