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Nov 26, 2009

L.A. analysts project $1-billion budget gap by 2013

LA Times

The dire forecast comes a day after the city's credit rating was downgraded. Finance officials recommend service cuts, department closures and privatization of city property -- but no tax hikes.

Nov 24, 2009

Chief Beck Names Leadership Team and Unveils Initial Reorganization

LAPD blog

November 24: Today Los Angeles Chief of Police Charlie Beck named his senior leadership team and unveiled his first steps in reorganizing the Police Department to increase efficiency and to improve effectiveness.

Nov 24, 2009

Beck shakes up LAPD's command staff

LA Times

Deputy Chief Michel Moore is named an assistant chief and will assume command of Special Services, according to the department. And Assistant Chief Sharon Papa will become a commander.

Nov 23, 2009

Budget crisis may be harder to solve this time

San Francisco Chronicle

Leaders at the Capitol will have about six months to resolve the new $20.7 billion deficit, and some believe the job will be tougher than the $62 billion budget hole they plugged earlier this year.

Nov 23, 2009

L.A.’s new top cop: "conservative" on crime, "progressive" in his policing?

pajamasmedia.com

LAPD's new chief, Charlie Beck, was installed with a heavy dose of revisionist history that may not bode well for the future.

Nov 23, 2009

L.A. City Council is poised to debate how many pot dispensaries to allow

LA Times

The number of shops selling marijuana has exploded from 186 two years ago. Officials hope to impose some order by capping the number of outlets or by requiring a certain distance between stores.

Nov 22, 2009

CalPERS rate hike delayed a year

calpensions.com

CalPERS is delaying a contribution rate hike for local governments and schools a year, pushing back the impact of huge investment losses in the stock market crash last year.

Nov 20, 2009

L.A. police union defies the governor with a wink and a nod

LA Weekly

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union the represents rank-and-file members of the Los Angeles Police Department, on Friday issued a statement calling Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's prisoner-release plan "dangerous and unacceptable."

Nov 20, 2009

Top California officials' pay to be cut 18% in December

Sacramento Bee

Pay for California's top elected officials will be slashed by 18 percent next month, one year earlier than expected, to abide by an opinion issued Thursday from Attorney General Jerry Brown.

Nov 20, 2009

L.A. County hate crimes drop 4%

LA Times

But gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people were targeted more often, prompted in part by last November's highly charged Prop. 8 initiative, report says.

Nov 20, 2009

Bankruptcy an Option, Says Mayor's Fiscal Task Force

voiceofsandiego.org

A private task force of prominent local business leaders formed by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is recommending the city file for bankruptcy unless it undergoes a series of urgent and drastic fiscal reforms, according to a draft of the group's report.

Nov 19, 2009

Philosophies clash in plans for gang intervention academy

LA Times

Two schools, led by strong personalities, were supposed to collaborate on a curriculum. When the process collapsed, one of them won a bid to run the program and the other plans to appeal.

Nov 19, 2009

Member of Avenues gang is sentenced in girl's murder

LA Times blog

A member of one of Los Angeles' oldest and most notorious street gangs was sentenced today to 82 years to life in prison for the murder of a 14-year-old girl and the attempted murder of a second victim.

Nov 19, 2009

"BMW bandits" spreading from Westside into Valley, LAPD says

LA Tmes blog

The "BMW bandits," a group of professional thieves who have been stealing air bags and headlights for luxury cars on the Westside and in the Mid-Wilshire area, appear to be spreading to the San Fernando Valley.

Nov 19, 2009

State pulls San Quentin financing from bond sale

Marin Independent Journal

Last-minute objections from Assemblyman Jared Huffman and Sen. Mark Leno have prompted state Treasurer Bill Lockyer to put on hold plans for issuing bonds to pay for the expansion of death row at San Quentin State Prison.

Nov 19, 2009

Commander Paul Gillen memorialized

LAPD blog

In a small ceremony held in front of the Police Memorial at the new Police Administration Building, Commander Paul Gillen was memorialized for his service and sacrifice to the Department and city.

Nov 19, 2009

Beck takes reins of LAPD

egpnews.com

One day after being sworn in as the Los Angeles Police Department’s new chief, Charlie Beck on Wednesday urged his command staff to continue making community policing and openness top priorities, alongside crime reduction.

Nov 19, 2009

Valley cops greet Beck

Daily News

Greeted by 250 saluting officers, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday led a formal inspection of the Devonshire Division and addressed sworn staff in his first major appearance in the San Fernando Valley since becoming chief.

Nov 19, 2009

Robert M. Saltzman: Respect for civilian oversight a key priority for LAPD and Chief Beck

Daily News Opinion

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles City Council confirmed LAPD Deputy Chief Charlie Beck as the new chief of police. The mayor chose him from a group of highly qualified candidates selected by the Los Angeles Police Commission.

Nov 18, 2009

California faces a projected deficit of $21 billion

LA Times

The legislative budget analyst's projection, to be released Wednesday, threatens to send Sacramento back into gridlock and force more broad cuts to state programs.

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