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Jan 12, 2010

New state budget could cut county funds by $4 billion

Daily Breeze

The governor's proposed state budget could mean a record loss of nearly $4 billion for Los Angeles County, putting hundreds of thousands of needy residents at risk of losing welfare checks, in-home care, health care and other services, officials said Tuesday.

Jan 12, 2010

LAPD gets national spotlight with documentary to air on TV

LA Weekly

The Los Angeles Police Department and its historic struggles to transform its relationship with the city's ethnic communities is the focus of an ABC documentary to air Sunday.

Jan 12, 2010

Beck's challenge

Daily News Opinion

LAPD chief must press for growing police force despite budget crisis.

Jan 12, 2010

L.A. City Council jumps on the body-armor band wagon

LA Weekly

Following last month's state appeals court ruling overturning California's ban on body armor for ex-felons convicted of violent crimes, the Los Angeles City Council is poised to consider a similar law that would apply locally.

Jan 8, 2010

L.A. chooses group to run anti-gang academy

LA Times

Mayor Villaraigosa announces the development of a city-sponsored school to train and license intervention workers.

Jan 8, 2010

Schwarzenegger to seek permanent pay cuts to replace worker furloughs

Sacramento Bee

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will propose ending furloughs for state workers at the end of June but seek permanent pay cuts and higher employee retirement contributions in their place, administration officials said Thursday.

Jan 8, 2010

No bail for dangerous criminals could be on Nov. ballot in Wash. state

Spokane Spokesman-Review

Judges should be able to deny bail to criminal suspects who are thought to be “inherently dangerous” to the public, Gov. Chris Gregoire and representatives of the state’s law enforcement system said Wednesday.

Jan 8, 2010

FBI will join search for killers of El Monte school official in Mexico

LA Times

An agency spokeswoman says the Mexican government requested the aid. School board member Bobby Salcedo was one of six men gunned down in Gomez Palacio in the state of Durango last week.

Jan 7, 2010

LA city unions urge pension reform, not cuts

Daily Breeze

Los Angeles union leaders urged city officials Wednesday to crack down on fraud and abuse in the pension system instead of resorting to a proposed ballot measure that would scale back pension payments for future city employees.

Jan 7, 2010

Schwarzenegger: Privatize the prisons

Central Valley Business News

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says it’s time the state privatized its vast prison system, which is larger than that of many nations.

Jan 7, 2010

Suspects in deputy slaying nabbed, asleep in Beaver County shed

Salt Lake Tribune

A 37-hour manhunt through several counties ended swiftly and peacefully Wednesday morning when a tip led Beaver County deputies to two men wanted in the death of a Millard County sheriff's deputy.

Jan 7, 2010

Law enforcement officials plead for body armor law to be reinstated

KTVU.com and Bay City News

A chorus of law enforcement officials from the Bay Area and throughout California made an impassioned call for a recent decision overturning a ban on possession of body armor by violent felons to be reversed.

Jan 7, 2010

UCLA study says legalizing undocumented immigrants would help the economy

LA Times

Based on surveys done after the 1986 amnesty program, it concludes that even during the recession, legalizing undocumented workers would benefit the economy. Not everyone agrees.

Jan 6, 2010

Court tosses Washington voting ban for felons

San Francisco Chronicle

A federal appeals court overturned Washington state's ban on voting by convicted felons Tuesday in a ruling that could extend ballots to prisoners in other states where studies showed racial bias in the criminal justice system.

Jan 6, 2010

Polanski asks to be sentenced in absentia in 1970s sex case

LA Times blog

Roman Polanski has asked a Los Angeles judge to sentence him in absentia for having sex with a 13-year-old in 1977.

Jan 6, 2010

L.A.'s crime rate continues to drop

Daily News

The murder count shrank 18 percent in Los Angeles and major crime fell 8.6 percent in the city in 2009, continuing trends that city officials said Wednesday are proof of the value of a well-staffed police force and smartly targeted law-enforcement efforts.

Jan 6, 2010

Los Angeles officials consider a ballot measure to scale back pensions

LA Times

The city's benefits responsibilities are expected to double in the next four years, crippling the general fund and forcing drastic cutbacks in city services. Labor unions are fighting the plan.

Jan 6, 2010

Villaraigosa urges U.S. to expand use of full-body scanners at LAX, elsewhere

LA Times

The mayor also scolds Congress for delaying the approval of an L.A. airports police official as head of the federal Transportation Security Administration.

Jan 6, 2010

Las Vegas shooting prompts nationwide review of courthouse security

Associated Press

Federal authorities will conduct a nationwide review of courthouse security after a gunman killed a courthouse officer and wounded a deputy marshal in Las Vegas, a senior official said Wednesday.

Jan 5, 2010

SLO County begins immigration screening program for arrestees

Associated Press

Two more California counties have hooked up to a Homeland Security database that screens the immigration status of arrestees.

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