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Morning Scoop: Pet projects, huge deficit, medical marijuana showdown

November 18, 2009 |  9:25 am


Good morning from the City Desk, where we're trying hard not to let the sneezes and coughs take over. Some California stories from today's paper to arm you for the tasks ahead:

Billions short: California heads into the next fiscal year with a projected budget deficit of $21 billion, says the state's chief budget analyst.

Pot crackdown: The L.A. County district attorney says he doesn't care what the L.A. City Council decides, he's planning to crack down on dispensaries that sell medical marijuana.

Chief Beck: Charlie Beck was sworn in Tuesday as L.A.'s 56th police chief. Check out the photos.

Sweet deal: That $11-billion water bond we'll be asked to approve next year includes more than $1 billion for lawmakers' pet projects.

BMW break-ins: Thieves are making off with air bags and headlights from L.A.'s BMWs.

The L.A. City Council may vote today on a medical marijuana ordinance. We're watching for news from the UC Regents meeting at UCLA. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

Got news for us? Stories you think we should be covering? Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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