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show on the road - Mayor Villaraigosa heads to Sacramento today to make his case for a takeover of LAUSD. As his big push begins, the pushback is also getting started, with legislators making noises about opposing the Mayor. But they're making wussy noises: Jackie Goldberg tells the LA Times "A lot of people up here are former school board members who don't want to see a mayor take over the district," which sounds like other people are opposed but she might or might not be. Goldberg herself is a former school board member.

on the bus - We're not sure what they pay cub reporters at the Daily News, but we're guessing it's modest. $3 per gallon gas prompted staffer Brent Hopkins to leave his car at home twice a week and commute via bus; he chronicles his public transportation experience in the paper today.

crimes away from home - A former sheriff's deputy and Manhattan Beach police officer has been arrested in Las Vegas for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy. 39-year old Shawn Shelton was apparently dressed in a police uniform when he allegedly assaulted the teen, who he took away in his Hummer and later released. This is the second time since leaving the police force that Shelton has been caught masquerading as a cop.

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Trader Joe's downtown? - The founder of Trader Joe's, Joe Coulombe, spoke to an enthusiastic audience of 300 about entrepreneurship last week, and the Downtown News was there. But he had no news for grocery-hungry downtowners — Coulombe left the businesses in 1989.

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