Mayor Seeks Mail Ballots to Approve Fee Increases Antonio Villaraigosa is supporting a proposal to have homeowners vote by mail on whether or not to have their storm-water cleanup fees raised from $23 to $99. By winning a simple majority through direct-mail ballots, the city could avoid the need for two-thirds passage that is normally required for fee hikes. L.A. Times
Tainted Sprouts Los Angeles Calco Inc., an Arcadia-based company, is recalling its four-ounce alfalfa sprouts packages after the sprouts tested positive for salmonella. The packages were distributed to restaurants and not markets, and bare April 23 and May 2 sell-by dates. Associated Press
Marilyn Chambers Remembered Porn icon Marilyn Chambers, who died Easter Sunday, was remembered as a caring mother and master of the game Trivial Pursuit at a Zuma Beach memorial . L.A. Daily News
OctoMom Wants a Pet Nadya Suleman says she wants to get a pet for her 14 children. The kids, apparently, have asked for a dog, but mother knows best: "I've actually been looking into a pig, like a little one," Suleman says. San Gabriel Valley Tribune
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They'rrreee Ba-aack! After picketing the Angelus Temple and the Academy Awards last February, members of Topeka, Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church, headed by the Reverend Fred Phelps, are returning to the Southland to protest a high school production of Rent. L.A. Times