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Dec 9, 2009

Krekorian wins Valley council seat

LA Times

Assemblyman defeats former Paramount executive Christine Essel.

Dec 9, 2009

LAPD Santa Claus hits the streets of Venice

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles Police Department's Santa Claus sleigh descended on the streets of Venice tonight to spread a little Christmas joy.

Dec 8, 2009

Pennsylvania police officer shot, killed


Authorities have released the identity of a police officer shot and killed while responding to a call Sunday night in Penn Hills. Officer Michael Crawshaw, who had been on Penn Hills' police force for two years, was shot and killed shortly before 8:30 p.m. after responding to a call.

Dec 8, 2009

Drones to detect illegal immigrants on land and water

Orange County Register

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will soon start patrolling the skies over Southern California with drone aircrafts, which are unmanned and unarmed, to detect illegal immigrants and smugglers on the ground and in the water.

Dec 8, 2009

Famous Miranda rights warning could get rewrite

Associated Press

The Supreme Court seemed headed toward telling police they must explicitly advise criminal suspects that their lawyer can be present during any interrogation. The arguments in front of the justices were the latest over how explicit the Miranda warning rights have to be.

Dec 8, 2009

L.A. officials want city attorney to report on probe of costs related to Michael Jackson memorial

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry said entertainment company AEG would not likely help defray the $3.2-million cost for police and other city services during the Michael Jackson memorial until the city attorney resolves his "criminal investigation" into the spending.

Dec 8, 2009

Governor's prison plan draws mixed reviews

San Jose Mercury News

Lawyers for California's prison inmates supported Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's overall plan to reduce overcrowding in the state's 33 prisons, but asked a federal court to order state prison officials to meet strict deadlines to ensure they shed nearly 40,000 inmates from the system over the next two years.

Dec 8, 2009

Helping the helpless: Do we have a responsibility for the homeless?

Los Angeles Daily News

The plight of Karen Clark, a middle-aged, mentally ill woman who for most of a year lived on a bus bench on Ventura Boulevard, was noticed by many people who worked or lived in the area. Clark eventually did get the help she needed, thanks to an equally determined Los Angeles police officer.

Dec 8, 2009

State lawmakers, others get pay cut

Los Angeles Times

State lawmakers and other top elected officials had their pay and some benefits slashed by 18% effective Monday, two weeks after the state attorney general rejected a challenge to the reductions from the Legislature.

Dec 8, 2009

LAPD In financial straights, cuts new recruits

LA Weekly

The Los Angeles Police Department is facing an $80 million deficit and seems poised to cancel its January class of academy recruits. If the City Council's public safety and personnel committees confirm the move next week, it would mean a third month of hiring freezes for cops just out of training.

Dec 7, 2009

Pension woes

Bakersfield Californian

It seems like the never-ending articles, opinions and commentaries streaming through both The Californian and our local airways that continue to besmirch a police officer's retirement only take economic relativism into consideration and miss the big picture. Granted, we are in bad times economically, both here in Bakersfield and through the rest of the nation. But, public safety retirement didn't cause this problem. Nor will giving officers minimum wage and a handshake upon their retirement fix it.

Dec 7, 2009

Constitutional change proposed following Lakewood slayings

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

In the wake of the ambush and slaying of four Lakewood police officers, a state senator representing that city is arguing for a constitutional change that would allow defendants facing life sentences to be held without bail. The man widely believed to have killed the officers, convicted felon Maurice Clemmons, could have faced just such a sentence had he been convicted on child rape charges he faced in Pierce County. Instead, Clemmons bailed out of jail days before he allegedly killed four officers at a Lakewood coffee shop.

Dec 7, 2009

Christine Essel for L.A. City Council

Los Angeles Times Editorial

The Times endorsed studio executive Christine Essel in the Sept. 22 special election to fill Los Angeles' 2nd District City Council seat. Essel was one of the two top finishers and is competing in Tuesday's runoff against Assemblyman Paul Krekorian; we continue to believe she is the best candidate, and we reiterate our endorsement and hope voters cast their ballots for her. But most of all, we hope they vote.

Dec 7, 2009

Valley voters decide City Council seat Tuesday

Los Angeles Daily News

On the surface, there are few differences between businesswoman Christine Essel and Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, who face off Tuesday in the special election for the 2nd City Council District seat. Both agree on the need to boost business development, deal with runaway film production and pay more attention to neighborhood needs in a district that stretches from Studio City to Sun Valley. "This election is about an opportunity to restructure government, to put together reforms to make the city more efficient," Essel said at a recent debate.

Dec 7, 2009

San Pedro residents step up push for more cops

Torrance Daily Breeze

A Sunday morning shooting that took the life of a 17-year-old boy last month in San Pedro is putting new focus on policing in the waterfront town. An "emergency" meeting to discuss the issue has been called by the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. "We're looking for our leaders to step up and take some action to add some more police officers to the Harbor Area," council President John Delgado said. "We've long been pushing for more police officers in the area. Unfortunately, it took something like this to happen."

Dec 7, 2009

A stunning example of poor leadership in the LAPD


consistent theme in my posts here and in my columns at National Review Online and Pajamas Media has been the frustration so often experienced by working police officers when burdened with poor leadership. Today I learned of a stunning example of this.

Dec 7, 2009

More than 20,000 people expected at Tuesday's memorial for officers

The Seattle Times

Pierce County organizers say the public should be prepared to take buses Tuesday to a Tacoma Dome memorial service for the four Lakewood police officers gunned down in the deadliest attack on law enforcement in state history

Dec 7, 2009

New LAPD chief oversees graduation ceremonies for new recruits, including his son

LA TImes

For newly appointed Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, the past few weeks have been filled with firsts as he and the department get accustomed to Beck being in charge.

Dec 4, 2009

New chief officially sworn in

Daily News

Declaring "I will not let you down," Police Chief Charlie Beck took the oath of office Thursday to become the 56th leader of the Los Angeles Police Department in a formal celebration of his appointment.

Dec 3, 2009

Ceremonial swearing-in of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on tap today

LA Times blog

It's all pomp and pageantry at the LAPD's downtown headquarters this morning, as newly appointed Chief Charlie Beck is sworn in to office -- for a second time.

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