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AM news: immigration and downtown

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Mayor V: A Q&A with Mayor Villaraigosa on immigration. He's definitely politic when speaking with the LA Times: My role, you know, my focus, is on the city that I was elected to serve, but I will continue to advocate for a sensible, bipartisan immigration reform.

students: While we're on immigration, students plan another demonstration today starting at 10am in downtown LA, meeting at Olympic and Broadway and proceeding to City Hall.

puppies and lizards: While we're downtown, today is the Blessing of the Animals on Olvera Street. Animals gather at noon, the blessing starts at 2pm (follow the cow).

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don't get up: More downtown-ish news: The LAPD plan to keep downtown streets free of the homeless by tossing anyone sleeping on a sidewalk in jail got smacked by the courts yesterday. Judge Kim Lane Wardlaw, writing the majority opinion for the appeals court, said that ending up on the sidewalks was an "unavoidable consequence of being human and homeless without shelter in the city of Los Angeles." The city attorney's office has not yet announced if it will appeal the decision.

photo by Dave Bullock, as usual