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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.

Mar 31, 2010

L.A. County among the nation's leaders in executing prisoners

LA Daily News

Los Angeles County leads most of the nation in death row justice, trumping even Texas in the number of inmates sentenced to capital punishment last year, according to an ACLU report released Tuesday.

Mar 31, 2010

L.A. city employees make impassioned pleas against layoffs

LA Times

Council members face a stream of workers addressing them in chambers and cornering them in hallways, and children sending in drawings on behalf of a favorite librarian. But not all jobs can be saved.

Mar 30, 2010

Terrorism, Internet bomb recipes drive FBI to show law enforcement nationwide how to spot IEDs

AP

If police officers find grainy white powder at a makeshift lab and assume they've made a drug bust, they could be making an explosive mistake.

Mar 30, 2010

CalPERS investigated by feds over possible pay-to-play payments

California Independent Voter Network

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether illegal payments were made to employees at California public pension fund giant CalPERS and others to influence where they invested money. This is part of several nationwide probes into many public pension funds.

Mar 30, 2010

L.A. council votes to increase DWP rates

LA Times

The rise is less than Mayor Villaraigosa sought, but customers will still pay 4.5% more. The agency's board must sign off first.

Mar 30, 2010

One Year After the Oakland Police Murders

Police Magazine

After retiring from the Cleveland Police Department and Cleveland SWAT, I moved to the San Francisco area. So on Saturday March 21, 2009, I was watching local TV when the reports of the Oakland police murders started coming in. "Two OPD Motor Officers Shot and Critically Wounded, Massive Manhunt Underway," was the breaking news story.

Mar 30, 2010

Two deported sex offenders, one from L.A., arrested near Calexico

LA times blog

Two deported sex offenders, including one with an outstanding criminal warrant in Los Angeles, were arrested by border agents in separate incidents in Imperial County, authorities said Tuesday.

Mar 30, 2010

Recent killings in L.A. nearly erase gains in city's homicide rate

LA Times blog

A recent series of killings in Los Angeles has nearly erased impressive gains made this year on the city’s homicide rate, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday.

Mar 30, 2010

A happy ending to a marathon nightmare

LA Times blog

Running the recent Los Angeles Marathon was a triumph for thousands of people who made it through 26.2 miles of city streets. But for one runner, Jay Yim, the day didn't exactly go as planned.

Mar 29, 2010

California lawmakers are the highest paid in the nation, survey finds

LA Times

California state lawmakers remain the highest paid in the nation by far, according to a survey by a state panel that is considering a 10% reduction in their salary.

Mar 29, 2010

Victims group opposes shortening of prison terms

San Diego Union-Tribune

Lawmakers and advocates for crime victims joined together Monday to file a lawsuit in San Diego challenging a new law that permits the state to set free up to 6,500 prison inmates this year before their original sentences are completed.

Mar 29, 2010

Law Enforcement Unites Behind Nayiri Nahabedian

Asbarez Armenian News

The Los Angeles Police Protective League and the Peace Officers Research Association of California announced today that they have endorsed Nayiri Nahabedian for State Assembly for the 43rd Assembly. The two organizations account for over 70,000 law enforcement officials and each are among the largest police organizations in the country.

Mar 29, 2010

FBI arrests 9 in extremist group allegedly plotting to kill officers

LA Times

The anti-government Christian militia Hutaree planned to kill a police officer, possibly at a traffic stop, and then attack the funeral procession to kill more officers, according to an indictment.

Mar 29, 2010

Crime rates rise in beach cities

Torrance Daily Breeze

Major crime declined again in the South Bay and Harbor Area in 2009, dropping nearly 6 percent from the previous year. The beach cities, however, did not fare as well. El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach joined Gardena as the cities with increases from 2008 to 2009.

Mar 29, 2010

Crime up 13% in B'klyn's 81st Pct. where whistleblower accused chiefs of lowering felony stats

NY Daily News

Crime is up 13% at the Brooklyn precinct where a whistleblower cop accused his supervisors of ignoring felonies to artificially lower the area's crime stats.

Mar 28, 2010

After Gang Crackdown, Police Become Targets

NY Times

By the time four city trucks were set ablaze next to Hemet City Hall last week, the police here had become familiar with their new life under siege.

Mar 28, 2010

CAO Miguel Santana enters treatment, temporarily steps down

LA Daily News

City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana announced Sunday he has enrolled in an alcohol treatment center and is temporarily stepping down from his post.

Mar 28, 2010

Sheriff Baca's electronic monitoring program falls short

LA Times

When he first announced the home-tracking plan in 2007, the L.A. County sheriff touted it as a way to free jail space and keep more serious offenders behind bars longer.

Mar 27, 2010

L.A. budget office offers sharply reduced estimate of red-light camera revenue

LA Times

The traffic cameras, which a new study say help reduce accidents, generate about $3.8 million a year in ticket revenue, just breaking even after operating costs, the office says.

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