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Feb 10, 2010

LA City Council Members: Livin' Large?

KCET

The Los Angeles City Council is wrestling with a budget deficit that's more than $200 million now and expected to more than triple in the next two years. As they look at laying off workers, cutting back hours at libraries, and even selling off parks and other city assets, a good deal of loathing is being directed at the Council members themselves.

Feb 9, 2010

New report says illegal immigration population plummeted last year

Mercury News

The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States dropped by 1 million people in two years, according to new estimates by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Feb 9, 2010

Man on probation in assault case is charged with randomly attacking three people

LA Times blog

A 36-year-old man was charged Tuesday with allegedly attacking three people at random near downtown Los Angeles and slicing one's man ring finger off just two days after he was placed on probation for another assault.

Feb 9, 2010

L.A. mayor visits City Council to urge quick action on budget

LA Times

Antonio Villaraigosa was cordial but adamant about the city's urgent need for layoffs, department cutbacks and privatization plans. Any delay could force the city into a 'financial tailspin,' he said.

Feb 8, 2010

Council set to work on restructuring how city functions

Daily News

The Los Angeles City Council is expected today to enter the next phase of reorganizing how city government works as it copes with a more than $200 million shortfall over the next four months and deal with a $400 million deficit next year.

Feb 8, 2010

Credit rating agencies voice concern about L.A.'s budget crisis

LA Times blog

Representatives from two credit rating agencies expressed concern Monday about Los Angeles' precarious financial position and the City Council’s indecision on budget cuts last week.

Feb 8, 2010

Federal court action calls on LAPD gang and narcotics officers to disclose finances

LA Times blog

Officials for the union representing Los Angeles police officers said Monday they are considering their legal options after a federal judge upheld a key provision of the federal consent decree that requires financial disclosures by gang and narcotics officers.

Feb 8, 2010

Crunch time for L.A.'s budget

LA Times Editorial

City leaders must act decisively to close a shortfall. But they also need a strategic plan for the future.

Feb 8, 2010

Early inmate release sparking safe sales

CBS-13, Sacramento

A company is capitalizing on the recent early releases of California prison inmates, running radio ads that advertise their safes as a "solution" to the problem.

Feb 7, 2010

Budget crises could shape L.A.'s future

Daily News

MELTDOWN: Officials try to come to grips with size of shortfall.

Feb 6, 2010

Calif. law to free inmates early draws protests

Mercury News

A law that took effect last month that was intended to reduce inmate overcrowding by allowing early releases at state prisons and county jails is sowing confusion throughout California.

Feb 5, 2010

L.A. Police Union Alarmed By Attempted Rape Suspect Who Got Early Release

LA Weekly

The union representing Los Angeles Police Department officers issued an I-told-ya-so this week as a state inmate who received an early release, apparently under the governor's budget-enhancing parole reform plan, was almost immediately arrested on suspicion of trying to rape his female counselor.

Feb 5, 2010

L.A. mayor orders 1,000 jobs eliminated

LA Times

Antonio Villaraigosa acts the day after the City Council had postponed cutting positions. The city is trying to deal with a $212-million budget shortfall.

Feb 3, 2010

Inmate released early is arrested in rape attempt

Sacramento Bee "Sacto 9-1-1" blog

One of the inmates the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department released early as part of an effort to reduce the state's prison population was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted rape, less than 24 hours after getting out of jail, The Bee has learned.

Feb 3, 2010

New LBPD chief plans 'approachable and transparent' department

Press-Telegram

Long Beach's newest Police Chief Jim McDonnell plans to battle budget concerns while finding new ways to fight gang and other crime.

Feb 3, 2010

Official says L.A. faces no additional post-Sept. 11 threat

Daily News

Despite warnings from the nation's top intelligence officials that a domestic terrorist attack is likely within the next six months, Los Angeles faces no greater threat than it has since the Sept. 11 attacks, a top police official said Wednesday.

Feb 3, 2010

LAPD's Jim McDonnell named next chief of Long Beach Police Department

LA Times blog

Jim McDonnell, who served for most of the decade as one of former Chief William J. Bratton's top assistants at the Los Angeles Police Department and was among the short list of finalists to be his successor, was named Wednesday as the next chief of the Long Beach Police Department.

Feb 3, 2010

Senate Budget Committee slows down speed-camera idea

Sacramento Bee - Capitol Alert blog

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to install cameras that automatically ticket speeding drivers hit a roadblock Wednesday. Several members of the Senate budget committee expressed serious concerns about the idea despite a positive recommendation from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office.

Feb 3, 2010

LAPD uses high-tech sleuthing to arrest kidnap suspect

LA Times

A two-year manhunt for a kidnapping and molestation suspect has ended with the arrest of a Hollywood man, thanks to some high-tech sleuthing seemingly out of the TV show "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

Feb 3, 2010

Los Angeles might expand red-light camera program

LA Times

The plan would boost revenue, but city officials say it's safety-driven.

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