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AM news: fancy houses, homeless, gator, GPS

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The LA Times hangs with LA-based architect Barbara Bestor and takes some lovely pictures of her modern bohemian designs. Her first book will be published next month.

From homes to homeless: The County Supervisors' plan to spend $100 million on homeless service centers begins its search for the centers' homes. 14 existing drop-in centers are the first places they're considering to locate the greatly-expanded new shelters/centers. At issue is whether or not the shelters will be welcomed in local communities.

From homeless to a lake: An owner of Reggie, the alligator he dumped into Machado Lake last year, has been sentenced to probation; whether he will have to pay the city restitution is still to be determined. Owning the alligator was illegal. For his part, the elusive Reggie is thought to still be in the lake, resting for winter.

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And from the don't come around here no more department: San Bernardino police have arrested their first GPS-enabled parolee. The anklet on 25-year-old Raymundo Reyes Jr. indicated to police that he had returned to a gang neighborhood, violating the conditions of his parole. From the San Bernardino Sun:

"This is exactly what we hoped would happen if these gang-member parolees visited places prohibited by their parolee terms," Mayor Pat Morris said, adding that Reyes' arrest should send a message to the other parolees wearing the GPS units: We know where you are, and if you don't do what's required you'll be back in jail.

OK, so he violated his parole and we're sure he was up to no good. Still, this is big-brother creepy.