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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 2, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Gov. Jerry Brown is working on a plan to dramatically change how state government funds public schools, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I want to align more closely the money schools receive with the problems that teachers encounter. When somebody's teaching in Compton, it's a much bigger challenge than teaching in Beverly Hills," the governor said.
The Daily News does a rundown on the race for the L.A. City Council's Seventh District. "The race is shaping up as a classic battle between a political insider with money and organization against three less-experienced challenges," according to the piece.
Rep. Janice Hahn missed the annual New Year's Day Polar Bear swim due to the fiscal cliff, per LAObserved.
The National Conference of State Legislatures concluded that 27 of California's new laws are among the country's most interesting laws for 2013, reports KPCC. Those include laws against using a dog to pursue a bobcat and picketing funerals one hour before or after the service.
December was likely a no-kill month for the Department of Animal Services. A Los Angeles Times editorial calls for more spay and neuter programs and applauds efforts by private groups to get pets adopted into homes. "With that progress, the goal of a truly humane society will draw ever closer," according to The Times.
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