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Morning Scoop: Life after Bratton, rumps on Spring Street, parking-lot power

October 21, 2009 |  9:45 am

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Good morning from the City Desk, where we're celebrating reaching the workweek's halfway point. A sampler of California stories from today's paper to help propel you over the hump:

Life after Bratton: The Los Angeles Police Commission begins interviewing candidates for the next police chief. Sources say insiders have the edge.

Disappearing fines: The Cal-OSHA Appeals Board frequently reduces and dismisses Cal-OSHA penalties against companies, even in cases in which workers have died or been seriously injured.

Murder charges: A San Bernardino man has been charged with five counts of murder for allegedly setting the 2003 Old fire that destroyed nearly 1,000 houses.

Sculpture or cow splat? Steve Lopez takes a look at the new cast-bronze statues outside the new LAPD headquarters. Chief Bratton, it turns out, is not a fan.

Pot law fast track: The L.A. City Council now wants to move fast on a strict ordinance overseeing medical marijuana dispensaries after a judge declared the city's moratorium on new dispensaries unlawful.

Flu fears: Some local hospitals are restricting visitors and banning children out of concern about the spread of the H1N1 flu.

Powerhouse parking lots: Palmdale is letting shopping centers and business parks install wind turbines in their parking lots to save on electricity.

We're keeping an eye on the LAPD interviews. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

See news or have a tip to share? Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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