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Los Angeles Times: Because of a local sales tax enacted last year, the state increase that kicked in today and a county hike coming in July, Pico Rivera will have the top sales tax in the state at 10.75 percent. Guess that means no more trips to the Dal Rae. . . . Bucking the conventional notion that shitty economy = more crime, local agencies report crime is down throughout Southern California, including Orange County. When it comes to LAPD, UC Irvine professor George Tita says, "Smart, effective policing seems to be keeping a lid" on crime. . . . A serial bank robber dubbed the "Chimney Sweep Bandit" is cleaning up in Orange County, warn the feds. . . . A federal study finds high-levels of flame-retardant chemicals in waters all over the country, including Long Beach's. . . . Uh, oh: Angels starter "Millionaire" Joe Saunders may be experiencing "dead arm."