- Bass Whopper Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-L.A.) gave 80 members of her staff bonuses totaling about $350,000. Minority leader Mike Villines (R-Clovis) laid out about $201,000 to his employees. L.A. Times
- Never on a Sunday — or Tuesday, Wednesday . . . L.A.'s City Council approved Mondays-and-Thursdays-only watering restrictions for local lawns during this third summer of drought. Associated Press
- Long May It Sway “Old Glory,” the century-old oak once bodily guarded by tree sitter John Quigley, is still alive and thriving after being moved from Stevenson Ranch in 2004. Before Quigley climbed it in 2002, the tree had been scheduled to be cut to make way for a developer's road-widening project. L.A. Daily News
- Fortuitous Bailout Thanks to a late infusion of $30 billion in federal money, insurer AIG will pay out as much as an extra $125,000 per mobile-home owner victimized by the Sylmar Fire that swept through Oakridge Park. Associated Press/KFWB
- Judge Tosses “Widow's Penalty” L.A.-based U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruled that immigrants applying for permanent residence can't be automatically turned away if their American spouses die during the application process. Snyder ordered the Department of Homelend Security to re-open 22 cases affected by her ruling. Associated Press
- Frisco Mayor Visits Just-declared gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco, will visit a West L.A. design firm that creates “green” pre-fab housing. Newsom's tour of Marmol Radziner and
Associates takes place noon, Tuesday. City News Service
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