• School Board to Cut $1.6B The LAUSD has voted to make deep cuts in a three-year budget, almost guaranteeing further layoffs and the elimination of summer school. L.A. Times

  • Hollywood Denies Murder Former pot dealer and fugitive Jesse James Hollywood told a Santa Barbara jury he did not order the murder of a San Fernando Valley youth in 2000. L.A. Daily News

  • PVP: Yes to Parcel Tax With all mail-in ballots counted, Palos Verdes Peninsula voters appear to have narrowly approved a $165 parcel tax to help fund local schools. The measure is winning by just barely more than the two-thirds votes needed to pass it. Daily Breeze

  • Judge Says No to Controller An L.A. Superior Court judge ruled that former L.A. City Controller Laura Chick's office does not have authority to audit a worker's compensation program overseen by the City Attorney's office. L.A. Daily News

  • Bullet Train Gains The maglev express train from Disneyland to Las Vegas is dead, but California could be first in line for federal funding for bullet trains linking Northern and Southern California, via San Diego, L.A. San Francisco, Sacramento and the Central Valley. San Gabriel Valley Tribune

  • Music in Phil Spector's Future Convicted murderer Phil Spector may have traded his Wall of Sound for a wall of bricks, but he will be allowed to keep musical instruments in his cell. He has also requested to have an iPod and a TV. L.A. Times, Associated Press

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