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Dec 28, 2009

LAPD gang units feel the pinch of financial disclosure rule

LA Times

Many rank-and-file cops see the requirement -- a result of the department's consent decree -- as an insult. It could erode the strength of the units.

Dec 27, 2009

City's '09 was time to hold the line

Daily News

For the second year in a row - and likely continuing for the foreseeable future - Los Angeles city leaders have had to live with diminished expectations.

Dec 26, 2009

Officer shootings in Wash. may lead to new laws

Seattlepi.com

The murders of five police officers and this week's shooting of two more have lawmakers thinking about more than a looming budget deficit as they prepare to return to the state capital in January.

Dec 25, 2009

Villaraigosa retools his second-term message to focus on jobs

LA Times

L.A.'s unemployment is 13.4%, meaning 259,000 people are out of work. In response, the mayor plans to target three sectors for job growth: biotechnology, clean technology companies and entertainment.

Dec 24, 2009

L.A. police chief protests felons buying body armor

Daily News

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck has sent an open letter to California's attorney general urging him to appeal a recent court ruling that overturned a ban on felons wearing or owning body armor.

Dec 23, 2009

Designated driver options for the holidays

Daily Breeze

There are a variety of choices available this holiday season, to help people avoid getting into the car if they've had a little too much to drink. Here are some of the services.

Dec 23, 2009

Schwarzenegger to seek federal help for California budget

LA Times

Facing another huge deficit, the governor wants $8 billion or threatens massive cuts in social services. He also plans to renew push for offshore oil drilling.

Dec 22, 2009

Annual crime continues drop

LA Downtown News

Central Division posted another drop in Downtown crime this week, dragging the overall crime level down 10% compared to last year.

Dec 22, 2009

LAPD plans to run its youth program without Boy Scouts

Daily Breeze

The Los Angeles Police Department's Explorers youth program will end its nearly 50-year relationship with the Boys Scouts of America, pledging not to tolerate discrimination.

Dec 22, 2009

Gascon calls for appeal of body armor decision

San Francisco Examiner Opinion

Police Chief George Gascon sent letters Tuesday to Attorney General Jerry Brown and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu asking for help in overturning a court decision that would allow convicted felons to buy body armor.

Dec 22, 2009

LAPD putting cops on the streets

Daily News

Streamlining the upper management of the Los Angeles Police Department, Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday he plans to take 130 officers off desk duty and return them to the streets.

Dec 21, 2009

Police chief extends 3-12 work week

Santa Monica Daily Press

Santa Monica Police Chief Tim Jackman has extended for one month a pilot program in which rank-and-file officers work three, 12.5-hour days instead of the traditional 10 hour, four days a week schedule, a move that is expected to raise morale while putting more officers on the streets at times when they are needed most.

Dec 21, 2009

Two officers shot in Pierce County; suspect killed

Seattle Times

Two Pierce County sheriff's deputies were seriously wounded late Monday after they were "ambushed" while responding to a domestic-violence call, according to the Sheriff's Department. The shooting suspect was shot and killed in the Monday night shootout, sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Dec 21, 2009

Closest L.A. fire units in recent emergencies shut down because of budget cuts

LA Times blog

Critical minutes were lost in two recent emergency medical calls because nearby Los Angeles Fire Department engines had been taken out of service due to budget cuts, according to fire officials. In both cases, units from farther away responded to the calls.

Dec 20, 2009

Round 3 of California's never-ending budget bout looms

Sacramento Bee

Six months into the leanest fiscal year in memory, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California legislators soon will begin wrestling with a new state spending plan – and a new budget deficit.

Dec 20, 2009

LAPD to keep its policy on immigration checks

LA Times

The new chief tells Latinos at a posada gathering that he will continue Special Order 40, which bars police from initiating action against people solely to discover their legal status.

Dec 20, 2009

Court overturns California ban on violent felons owning body armor

LA Times

Police advocacy group says the ruling will put officers and the public in danger. 'It's going to make criminals more bold and more likely to shoot it out with the police,' one official says.

Dec 19, 2009

Inmate lawyers rile Schwarzenegger

Sacramento Bee

The Schwarzenegger administration is indignant that the endorsement by inmates' attorneys of the state's plan to reduce prison population ignores everything that it feels is wrong with the plan.

Dec 19, 2009

L.A. city retirements threaten a deep and lasting legacy

LA Times

The exodus of employees approved to ease budget problems will drain the workforce of many experienced people and leave Los Angeles officials hampered in hiring replacements until 2024.

Dec 19, 2009

California's death row grows as death sentences decline nationwide

LA Times

In Los Angeles County alone, 13 convicted murderers were condemned, contributing to the state's 2009 total of 29, according to a national report.

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