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A.M. News: The Guy We Didn't Vote As Mayor & More

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The Mayor Who Wasn't Is The Solar Panel Man
Los Angeles Mayor challenger in the 2005 election, Robert Hertzberg: “California does have this great image,” said Mr. Hertzberg, a former speaker of the California State Assembly and the co-founder of an investment firm, Renewable Capital. “But Europe still is much greener than anywhere in the United States, by several orders of magnitude.” His thin and flexible solar panels work in overcast and in rain. (New York Times)

Racial Tensions: Latinos & Blacks in LA
A Los Angeles resident witnessed an incident at a South Central deli last week. He says it's a microcosm of the tensions that African-Americans and Latinos are facing in Los Angeles. (NPR)

LA River, The Birds, The Plan
More than 200 species of birds have been spotted along the river, with the area near its mouth in Long Beach a hotspot for migratory shorebirds... At the end of the month, a Los Angeles City Council committee is expected to release a long-term plan for improvements along the 32 miles of river within the city. (North County Times)

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Since Zuma Dogg doesn't get paid for his role as a citizen watchdog and needs money, we thought we better take up any offer to pay ZD off to be quiet... To better facilitate this once in a lifetime transaction, we are now selling Zuma Dogg's silence on Ebay. The auction will only last for the next week (or before Ebay pulls it) but hey this is capitalism at it's finest. (Mayor Sam)