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Mar 9, 2010

New at L.A. County Jail: inmates serve half sentences

Christian Science Monitor

The budget crunch has forced the L.A. County Sheriff's Department to release nonviolent offenders from the county jail after serving just 50 percent of their sentences, rather than 80 percent, which used to be the norm.

Mar 8, 2010

Law enforcement remember slain California officer

Mercury News

A police officer killed in a shootout last month was hailed Monday as a public servant who put the safety of his country and community ahead of his own.

Mar 8, 2010

LAPD division to get videocameras next month

Daily News

One division of the LAPD will have videocameras operating in patrol cars in April as testing continues to ensure the system will work without detracting from officers' duties, officials said Monday.

Mar 8, 2010

Early releases of inmates from L.A. County jail now top 340

LA Times blog

More than 343 inmates have received early releases from the L.A. County jail system in the last six days, officials said Monday, up from about 200 reported last week.

Mar 8, 2010

Budget cuts slash California rehabilitation program for prisoners

Sacramento Bee

California prison officials began touting a new public safety reform in January that would encourage inmates to complete a rehabilitation course and earn six weeks per year off a sentence.

Mar 7, 2010

Taking aim at rich pensions

Daily News

Government costs increase and so do calls to rein in benefits.

Mar 5, 2010

LA Superior Court to lay off 329 employees on April 1

Daily Breeze

Los Angeles Superior Court officials informed employees Friday that 329 of them will be laid off on April 1 because of the ongoing budget crisis. A memo from Executive Officer John Clarke said as many as 1,800 more positions will be lost to layoffs and attrition in the next four years or so.

Mar 5, 2010

200 or more inmates released early from L.A. County Jail

LA TImes

Sheriff Lee Baca says budget cuts have prompted him to reduce the time nonviolent offenders spend in the jail system.

Mar 4, 2010

Obama looking to give new life to immigration reform

LA Times

In an effort to advance a bill through Congress before midterm elections, the president meets with two senators who have spent months trying to craft legislation.

Mar 4, 2010

LA budget ideas include do-it-yourself sidewalk repair for property owners

Daily Breeze

Asking Los Angeles property owners to repair their own sidewalks was among several ideas floated Thursday by the City Council to help offset a $684 million budget shortfall over the next 18 months.

Mar 4, 2010

Birotte sworn in as new US Attorney for Central California

Contra Costa Times

Andre Birotte Jr., former inspector general of the Los Angeles Police Department, was sworn in today as the U.S. Attorney for the district covering Southern California.

Mar 4, 2010

LAPD chief, district attorney defend crime exhibit

Associated Press

The Los Angeles police chief and district attorney are defending their exhibit of evidence from famous crimes including Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's assassination.

Mar 4, 2010

Man shoots two officers outside Pentagon

CNN

A man coolly and calmly approached the screening area outside the Pentagon Thursday evening and opened fire, grazing two Pentagon police officers before they returned fire, critically wounding him, officials said.

Mar 4, 2010

Safety is issue as budget cuts free prisoners

New York Times

In the rush to save money in grim budgetary times, states nationwide have trimmed their prison populations by expanding parole programs and early releases. But the result — more convicted felons on the streets, not behind bars — has unleashed a backlash, and state officials now find themselves trying to maneuver between saving money and maintaining the public’s sense of safety.

Mar 4, 2010

Jerry Brown says he'll consider California pension reform

Sacramento Bee

A day after announcing his candidacy for governor, Attorney General Jerry Brown said Wednesday that if elected he would consider overhauling public employee pension programs while opposing any move to privatize them.

Mar 4, 2010

State prison cuts could backfire, report says

San Francisco Chronicle

Recent cuts to California prison programs could result in more former inmates returning to prison and an increase in prison crowding, according to a draft state report.

Mar 3, 2010

L.A. mayor finalizes first list of city job cuts

LA Times blog

Pink slips will soon be on their way to Los Angeles city workers now that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his general managers have finalized the first list of 542 positions slated for elimination.

Mar 3, 2010

DMV Parking Crackdown

NBC-LA

State officials move in after NBC-LA investigation.

Mar 3, 2010

Antonio's right -- to hell with parks and libraries, we're going to need the cops soon enough

Ron Kaye LA

How bad is the city's budget crisis? I'll tell you how bad it is, Controller Wendy Greuel predicts that next year's revenue will be all of $16.8 million below this year's -- a decline of less than one-half of one percent, .04 to be exact, on a general fund budget of $4.2 billion!

Mar 3, 2010

Justices signal they're ready to make gun ownership a national right

LA Times

A high court majority reviewing a handgun ban in Chicago indicates that it sees the right to bear arms as national in scope, and can be used to strike down some state and local gun regulations.

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