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Morning Scoop: Spurting pipes, spurning Jerry Brown, boot-camp citizenship

September 16, 2009 |  9:46 am

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

It's not just us, L.A. engineers agree that there have been an unusual number of spurting water pipes of late. As for why, well, they're scratching their heads.

Steve Lopez says the pipe problems are just the latest frustration for some Department of Water and Power customers, who also fret about paying more as they use less water.

The L.A. City Council delayed a vote on an early-retirement package for city workers, hoping to work with union leaders overnight to come up with more cost-cutting measures to help close the city's budget gap.

Bill Clinton backs Gavin Newsom for California governor, in the process snubbing Jerry Brown.

Federal investigators sniffing out labor union corruption are interested in a labor coalition's support for Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Prosecutors say a father who didn't want to pay child support pushed his 4-year-old daughter to her death off a cliff along the Palos Verdes Peninsula. His lawyers say she slipped.

Sixty-four Orange County elementary schools saw their math scores go up after using a lively, interactive program that includes computer games and focuses on "thinking in pictures."

An Army pilot program gives immigrants a path to citizenship if they enlist with special language and medical skills.

The Food section has a piece you won't want to miss this morning: 25 yummy bargains around Southern California. Among the exotic offerings: sfiha and thali.

We'll be at City Hall, following the debate on the early-retirement package for L.A. workers. We'll also be reporting from the meeting of the University of California regents in San Francisco. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

Is there a burning controversy in your neighborhood? A pipe flooding the street down the block? Please e-mail me at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com if you see news you think we should know about.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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