Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, December 27. The L.A. City Council race is taking off.

Candidates for Valley seats have a slew of issues to tackle, including the budget. Daily News

It's that time of year again. Hundreds of volunteers are pulling long hours this week to put the finishing touches on the Rose Parade floats. Burbank Leader

A garment factory on Tujunga Avenue in North Hollywood set on fire Wednesday, reports ABC.

L.A. area residents were in a hurry to drop off their guns in the wake of recent shootings. Authorities ran out of gift cards during the gun buyback events Wednesday, reports Patch.

-- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News

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