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Apr 5, 2010

L.A. financial crisis causes Wall Street firm to reassess utility's bond rating

LA Times blog

One of the nation’s top bond rating agencies Monday announced it would reassess its bond rating of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, a move that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa blamed on the City Council's failure to approve electricity rate hikes last week.

Apr 5, 2010

LAPD vet killed in Afghanistan returns to Calif

San Jose Mercury News

The body of a Los Angeles policeman who was killed while serving in Afghanistan has been returned to California. Hundreds of Marines and police officers were on hand Monday as the flag-draped coffin of 45-year-old Robert J. Cottle was flown into the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base in Orange County.

Apr 5, 2010

Why traffic tickets can cost hundreds of dollars

San Jose Mercury News

When Sgt. Eddie Chan makes traffic stops, the San Jose officer makes it a point never to tell drivers how much their ticket will cost. He's afraid they'll go ballistic.

Apr 5, 2010

Deputies vs. LAPD in a "Fight for Life" in Montebello

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Guns, beers, fisticuffs and police, on any other day this combination is almost sure to result in criminal charges, but the elements came together to take-on cancer in the City of Hope's "Fight for Life."

Apr 4, 2010

Mayor learns DWP can ruin a career

LA Daily News

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, of all people, should have known better.

Apr 4, 2010

Sacramento County pensions examined

Sacramento Bee

As Sacramento County continues to negotiate for contract concessions from its employee unions to save money next fiscal year, officials are looking ahead to changes in the county's pension system that could save significant money in the future.

Apr 4, 2010

california bill boosts fines for illegal cell phone use

AP

Cell phones are causing fewer accidents since California outlawed the use of handheld devices behind the wheel, but the senator behind the law says too many people are still driving distracted.

Apr 3, 2010

Despite dire budget warnings, Los Angeles' payroll continued to grow

LA Times

The mayor and City Council continued to expand L.A.'s workforce and awarded generous union contracts as they were being warned of the looming recession and the need for cutbacks.

Apr 2, 2010

Valley getting more cops on the streets

LA Daily News

Nearly 50 additional officers deployed to area in response to surge in crime.

Apr 2, 2010

DWP-city feud could increase L.A. budget deficit

LA Times

The utility may withhold $73 million from the general fund unless the City Council backs the larger rate hikes that are being sought by the mayor's appointees.

Apr 2, 2010

LAPD Chief Offers Reassurance to Community

USC News

The Los Angeles chief of police took the podium at the Galen Center, continuing a conversation he started with the University Park and Exposition Park neighborhoods more than 30 years ago as an officer working his beat.

Apr 2, 2010

Defined contribution plans create retirement insecurity

LA Daily News

A major looming problem for Americans is the accidental retirement plan - known to most people as the 401(k) - which began as a tax loophole to shelter the income of executives.

Apr 2, 2010

Violence on the Rise in LA, NY

New American Media

Twenty-two killings in just 13 days have put the LAPD on alert and brought a surprising end to the low crime trend of recent years, reports La Opinión.

Apr 1, 2010

Cash-Poor Cities Take On Unions

Wall Street Journal

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa once organized for a teacher's union here, and later ran a branch of the American Federation of Government Employees. That makes him an unlikely advocate for cutting the benefits of the city's workers.

Apr 1, 2010

LA_Council-DWP fight over electricity rate hike

LA Times

In a rebuff to lawmakers, the utilities board OKs a higher increase, which is then vetoed 13 to 0 by council members. The standoff effectively kills the possibility of higher rates for the next three months.

Apr 1, 2010

wash governor signs police benefits laws in wake of fatal shootings

PoliceOne

Laws aimed at protecting police officers and their families.

Mar 31, 2010

Calif. freeing some violent inmates

Associated Press

Inmates convicted of violent crimes are among those being freed early from California jails to save money, despite lawmakers' promises that they would exclude most dangerous prisoners and sex offenders.

Mar 31, 2010

Immigration activists denounce quota memo

LA Times

They call for the ouster of the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement after a top department official lamented that the pace of deportations was falling behind a goal of 400,000 annually.

Mar 31, 2010

Can bankruptcy save California’s cities from staggering pension obligations?

City Journal

As California cities and counties struggle to fulfill the generous pay and pension commitments that they made to public employees during flush economic times, some politicians have taken comfort in a usually forbidding word: bankruptcy.

Mar 31, 2010

Speeding 'cushion' may dwindle due to recession

USA Today

The recession may be claiming a new victim: the 5-10-mph "cushion" police and state troopers across the USA have routinely given motorists exceeding the speed limit.

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