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A.M. News: Our Hottest Summer Ever & More

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Do you have State Farm Insurance? Your rates might be finally going down. (SFV Biz Journal, Registration Required [but worth it, it's free])

What if the City threw a $60,000 meeting and no one showed up? It just might happen at the next Congress of Neighborhoods. (CityWatch)

2006 brought the hottest summer ever for Los Angeles. Too bad we didn't pass Prop 87 and are all still using our cars and polluting the skies, because 2007 is going to be worse. "Last summer was a preview of coming attractions." (Daily News)

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Burbank might kick the habit. Two men "are pushing Burbank officials to follow the lead of two other Southern California cities — Santa Monica and Calabasas — and restrict outdoor smoking in public places." (LA Times)

Oddly, San Diego beat Los Angeles in the Homeland Security Department's study of city crisis communications. (CNN)

"Poet Lewis MacAdams sometimes writes prose stories about things he witnesses in his downtown Los Angeles neighborhood. In this one, he recounts an encounter with a beautiful and haunting Chinese dancer." (Day to Day)

Google is hiring and you might not have to be so technically nerdy after all. (New York Times)

You can now go from Long Beach Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport on Jet Blue. (Union Tribune)

As co-chair of the Governor's 2007 Inaugural Committee, Mayor Villaraigosa will travel up to the capital today for the Inauguration Ceremony of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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