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Nurses' union backed Meg Whitman's former housekeeper

November 23, 2010 | 10:35 am

Nicandra Diaz Santillan

HELLO, NURSE: Several sources confirm to the San Francisco Chronicle that the California Nurses Assn., a powerful Oakland-based union that endorsed Jerry Brown, quietly helped former housekeeper Nicandra Diaz Santillan speak out against Meg Whitman during this year's gubernatorial campaign. "I won't deny it, but I prefer not to comment directly on the case," said Rose Ann DeMoro, the nurses' union executive director.

Linking LA

BURN ONE DOWN: Authorities discovered nearly 1,700 marijuana plants when a compost pile in the living room of a gang-operated grow house caught fire Monday morning in north San Gabriel, reports the Pasadena Star-News. "We get a couple of these a month," said L.A. County sheriff's Det. David Mertens.

MERRY HOUSE CALLS: If you live or work in Santa Juan Capistrano, Santa Claus can visit your home or office, thanks to the city's community services department. (OC Register)

HOORAY? Average gas prices in Los Angeles County dropped a half-cent Tuesday. (Daily Breeze)

-- Soo Oh

Photo: Nicandra Diaz Santillan, right, with attorney Gloria Allred. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times