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Morning Scoop: Huntington Beach mourns, budget talks break off, the roots of Judy Chu's activism

July 16, 2009 |  8:56 am


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

State budget talks stalled last night over education cuts.

The budget mess is everyone's fault, says Sacramento columnist George Skelton.

The state Legislature has paid out numerous settlements in workplace harassment cases -- but they remain under seal, even though the money comes from taxpayers.

The Junior Lifeguards program is supposed to be a fun and challenging way to spend some summer days. Now Huntington Beach is reeling from the tragic death of an 11-year-old girl during a training exercise.

Judy Chu goes to Congress as its first Chinese American woman. Her activism was awakened in the 1970s, in an Asian American studies course.

Chu's departure from the state tax board may change its balance of power.

Episcopal bishops meeting in Anaheim have backed the blessing of same-sex unions.

Jesse James Hollywood has been sentenced to life in prison in the slaying of a 15-year-old West Hills boy.

We're watching for signs of progress in Sacramento. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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