A.M. News: Hybrids, Hate Crimes, Smoking & More...
"The state has so far received 74,108 applications for an allotment of 75,000 decals permitting hybrid owners to drive solo in HOV lanes." ~ L.A. Times
Blogging.LA does the math on hate crimes in LA: "...for every one hate crime in San Diego and San Francisco counties combined, there were five in Los Angeles. By any explanation, that's a lot of hate."
In city politics and news, fines for parking illegally during rush hour on certain city arteries are increased, black politicians go beyond "safe districts," special people might be getting special treatment in the Building & Safety Department, a law firm wrote the controversial term limits measure and LAPD Chief Bratton is sought to consult for the war in Iraq.
Meanwhile, the county wants you to quit smoking.