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Morning Scoop: Funemployment, budget slicing and dicing, puppets on parade

June 4, 2009 |  9:12 am


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

So they get laid off. They're young. They can manage. Some people in their 20s and 30s are opting for "funemployment," hitting the beach and traveling the world rather than punching the clock, writes Kimi Yoshino.

Columnist George Skelton says the California budget crisis makes one thing clear: It's time for the state to give back some control to local governments.

Channise Davy thought the cream-colored Duarte three-bedroom was her dream home  -- until she returned there one day and found racial epithets spray-painted all over her floors and furniture, writes Corina Knoll.

The Los Angeles City Council granted historic-cultural-landmark status to downtown's Bob Baker Marionette Theater Wednesday. Puppets from the theater were there to cheer council members on, reports Bob Pool.

A legislative budget committee looking for cuts is targeting programs in the governor's office, write Evan Halper and Shane Goldmacher.

There's a 20% to 30% chance of rain today. We'll see if the sun peeks out. We're continuing to follow budget hearings in Sacramento. And we'll bring you other news as we get it.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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