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Morning Eye-Opener

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Can you believe that someone with a long bus commute now drives a car? Where does the Times find fascinating stories like these?

Fabian Nunez yields his Speaker of the Assembly post to Karen Bass this week, as he's termed out in December. The former fishwrap of record boldly says his legacy is mixed.

Some readers have been telling me that they've noticed changes at the Daily News since Ron Kaye's departure. Their complaint is that the news is fluffier. But the paper's focus on City of LA workers remains sharp, and their delving into City OT could register on the voter's radar if they push the budget shortfall as City-induced, and you aren't going to get stories like this, featured this way, in the Times.

What should we call that budget "deficit" anyway? It seems a bit like spin merely to call it a deficit, when spending in fact is going up so much. Why not call it the "unfunded increase"?

City wonks: I know some of you don't get over to Mayor Sam's second site regularly, but there's a good memo up there from a consultant on what things are like inside DONE.

Word comes from Sunland Tujunga that Home Depot will present their plans for the notorious K-Mart site to the community tonight at 7 p.m. at North Valley City Hall, 7747 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga. The public is invited---and it has been.