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Former California GOP Senate leader Dave Cogdill dies

Cogdill served three terms in the state Assembly and was the Senate Republican leader from 2008 to 2009, during the worst budget crises in California's history. He helped craft a budget deal with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrats to close a $42-billion shortfall.
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The Self-Realization Fellowship

What it is:
Seated atop Mt. Washington, this secluded sanctuary was once a hotel getaway for affluent Angelenos, but has been transformed into a spiritual center for Paramahansa Yogananda.
Why it's cool:
Its peaceful public gardens are a restorative oasis with some of the best views in the city, overlooking downtown and stretching to the Pacific Ocean.
You should know:
The public gardens are closed Mondays, but open 9-5 the rest of the week. Streetside parking is easy to find near the entrance to the grounds.