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Morning Scoop: Muddy waters, stopped signs, gov short on love

December 17, 2009 |  9:25 am


Good morning from the City Desk, where we're hungrily anticipating our annual holiday potluck lunch. Some California stories from today's paper to feed your news appetite:

Early warning: California is upgrading hundreds of seismic monitors around the state to give first responders precious extra seconds of warning before earthquakes.

Muddy waters: Rains spell fear in the Station fire burn area, where mudslides are a serious threat this year.

Maxed out: California's treasurer is delivering a tough but necessary message about the state's financial health, says Sacramento columnist George Skelton.

Stopped signs: Metrolink and other California commuter rail services got a waiver more than a decade ago that gave them permission to pass on installing simple safety signs.

Downsized plans: Six years after Playa Vista opened, the development has 6,000 residents. But plans for its future expansion aren't as grand as they once were.

Low point: The governor's approval ratings reach a career low in a new poll.

The LAPD today will release an updated drawing of the killer known as the Grim Sleeper. We'll have it for you. We'll also have more soon on Wednesday's home invasion robbery in the Hollywood Hills.

We bring you the news as we get it. Got news for us? A story idea? Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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