- Too Poor to Give Up The Daily News reports that many Valley day laborers are too broke to even return to Mexico or Central America.
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- Mine Your Own Business Duarte residents grow nervous as Vulcan Materials, the company that operates the Azusa Rock Quarry, proposes to extend the quarry toward Duarte's borders.
- OIS at Ramona Gardens LAPD officers shot and wounded a suspected vandal who ran from them at the East L.A. housing project. Officers claim the man opened fire on them with a shotgun. CBS2 reports the suspect was hit once in the arm.
- Budget Cuts Are Coming The L.A. Times predicts $6 billion in cuts -- much of it hitting schools, health care and transportation -- have been worked out among state legislators. Los Angeles is expected to be struck especially hard; as the L.A. Business Journal reported last week, the county's unemployment rate edged up to 9.9 percent -- slightly higher than the state's jump. The figure represents an 87 percent December-to-December leap over 2008.
- Home Scams The L.A. Daily News' Troy Anderson reveals that the home-foreclosure crisis continues to bring swindlers out of the woodwork. His articles says Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will issue a public warning today about the con artists and announce free resources to learn how to avoid getting scammed and to renegotiate a mortgage.