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Morning Scoop: A 'grinding halt,' paparazzi at preschool, fat nonprofit paychecks

June 11, 2009 |  9:57 am


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

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is talking tough, threatening not to sign off on a request for a high-interest loan and to let California government come to a "grinding halt" if lawmakers don't work with him to close the budget gap, writes Shane Goldmacher.

State Treasurer and former Democratic state lawmaker Bill Lockyer told California legislators they need to assume they won't be reelected and get busy making the hard budget cuts. Sacramento columnist George Skelton agrees, adding, "Just cut deep and soon."

Friends of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee are speaking out about them and rallying for their release from North Korea, write Raja Abdulrahim and Jessica Garrison.

The Tarzana Treatment Center is a nonprofit facility that gets 85% of its money from taxpayers. But the salaries of its executives are hefty even by for-profit standards, reports Alan Zarembo. And then there's the money they receive on top of their paychecks.

Paparazzi are stalking the preschools of Santa Monica where celebrities' children are enrolled. One local councilman is pushing for a preschool buffer zone, writes Carla Hall.

An actress working in the porn industry has tested positive for HIV, raising concerns in a world that some say takes inadequate safety measures to prevent the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, report Ron Lin and Kimi Yoshino.

LAX today unveils a new warning system for a runway and taxiways deemed to have the highest risk for aircraft accidents, reports Dan Weikel.

A 10-year-old city ordinance that made it easier to convert former banks, offices and industrial buildings into residences and small retail spaces has paid off on one stretch of downtown Los Angeles' Main Street, writes Cara DiMassa.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is meeting today to map out funding priorities. We'll bring you that story and continued coverage of the budget crisis in Sacramento. And we'll keep you up to date with other news as it happens.

--Nita Lelyveld

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