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AM news: Demo debate, expensive Cali, no smoke or bags

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a debate falls in the forest Steve Westly and Phil Angelides tusseled in their final debate yesterday in San Francisco; they'll face off in the June 6 Democratic Primary. They're both pro-environment, pro-choice and anti-Arnold. In case you missed it, you can listen: the whole thing is archived at KPCC.

when $60K not enough A new report from the Public Policy Institute of Californiasays our state's cost of living has soared; we've gone from 15th most expensive to 3rd. Now 18% of LA County residents live below the poverty line.

no smoking The smoking ban creeps across more So Cal beaches, reaching Torrance and Hermosa. Anti-beach-smoking activist Debbie Hayes was pleased, saying, "The only butts on the beach should be clad in a bathing suit." The smoking bans should be in place by June.

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no bag for you A disgruntled psychologist is suing the Anaheim LA Angels because he was denied a tote bag given out at last year's Mother's Day game. Apparently the bags were given only to women 18 and over; the complaining man says he and all other bagless attendees should get $4,000 in damages. Listen dude, these are nylon tote bags, not Birkins.

photos by Carlos Avila Gonzalea for the San Francisco Chronicle