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Morning Scoop: Bully tactic, tax-free dogs, Sacramento’s water world

October 22, 2009 |  9:58 am

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Good morning from the City Desk, where we're looking forward to today's farmers market and hoping that the stone fruit season isn't quite over. Some California stories from the daily paper to whet your appetite for the work ahead:

Powerhouse scuffle: The fight between Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich and AEG, the owner of Staples Center, appears to be far from over. AEG's president has accused Trutanich of using a "bully tactic" to get the company to cough up millions for city services provided for the Michael Jackson memorial.

Water, water everywhere: Sacramento columnist George Skelton says the pieces are in place for a major state water deal that could be "the most comprehensive California water legislation in half a century." But it could all still fall apart.

Overcrowding impasse: A panel of federal judges has rejected the Schwarzenegger administration's plan to ease prison overcrowding – threatening to impose its own solutions.

Hot diggity dog: A Carpinteria hot dog vendor is celebrating his victory in winning disabled veterans such as himself exemption from various taxes. Today, at his Surf Dog stand by the ocean, he's handing out free hot dogs and star-spangled cake to celebrate.

Rocky Point: A state task force will submit its proposal today on fishing restrictions off Palos Verdes Peninsula. Some people want stricter marine habitat protections. Others want to preserve fishing rights.

School's out for furloughs: On the campus of Cal State Fullerton, students are finding creative ways to spend a three-day faculty furlough.

We're watching for details about Rocky Point and looking for signs from the interviews for a new LAPD chief. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

Got news to report? Send it my way at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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