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Morning Eye-Opener

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In with a bang and out with a whimper: the City budget passes Council without any tough decisions being made. The Mayor declares victory. There's a $300 million deficit built into it.

g The first City Supportive Housing loan to any group building apartments for the homeless went to L.A. Family Housing. They'll build sixty units for the homeless in Sun Valley. The project will knock the City's homeless numbers down from 50,000 to 49,940.

Or from 70,000 to 69,940. Or 10,000 to 9,940. We don't have an accurate homeless census so we don't know. For census taking, homeless count homeless and are encouraged to pad the numbers. One thing is certain: the numbers are high enough that any homeless housing project is a lottery.

g Celeste Fremon joins growing ranks of gang observers who are convinced that the murder of Jamiel Shaw Jr. was not race related but gang-affiliation related. She notes that two other notable observers, Annette Stark and Najee Ali have reversed themselves on earlier judgments.

g High lead levels at an LAUSD site on Virgil. "'This wouldn't be happening on the Westside,' said Virgil teacher Theodora Beltson."