- The More Things Change Dept. L.A. City Attorney-elect Carmen Trutanich is staffing his transition team with familiar old hands, including Robert Philibosian and Robert Hertzberg. Former Van de Kamp-era deputy D.A. Curt Livesay has been tapped as Trutanich's chief deputy. L.A. Daily News
- Parks to Close? Some 200 state parks, including such Southland landmarks as the Will Rogers Ranch and the Malibu Creek, Leo Carrillo, Topanga and Fort Tejon parks, could be shut down under the governor's new budget proposals. Daily Breeze
Judge Bans Animal Rights Activists An L.A. Superior Court judge
has made permanent a preliminary injunction against animal-rights
militants to keep them from harassing UCLA scientists and researchers. L.A. Times
- Intentional Grounding? Mega-developer Ed Roski's Majestic Realty has cut off discussions with the city of Walnut over a proposed new pro football stadium in nearby Industry. Walnut plans to press ahead with a lawsuit against the project. San Gabriel Valley Tribune
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- Judge: Blue Shield Off Hook An Orange County Superior Court judge has ruled, mid-trial, that Blue Shield had not dropped a patient because of a serious car accident but because the man had "willfully misrepresented" information on an application form for coverage before the accident. Associated Press