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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.

Nov 18, 2009

Downtown crime at two-year low

LA Downtown News

Recent week had less crime than any week in four years.

Nov 18, 2009

Dogfighting tip line launches in Los Angeles

dogchannel.com

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday launched a 24-hour tip line for local residents to report dogfighting. Those who call the tip line (877-NO2-FITE) and provide information about a dogfighting ring, an upcoming dogfight or an individual who is involved in dogfighting will be able to collect up to $5,000 if the information leads to the arrest or conviction of individuals involved.

Nov 18, 2009

L.A. council confirms Beck as new police chief

LA Times

One councilman calls the hearing before their vote a 'love fest.' But some warn that the council and chief will soon be butting heads over increasing the size of the police force.

Nov 17, 2009

Police release sketch of man in attempted kidnapping

Daily News

Police on Tuesday released a composite drawing of a portly man who tried to kidnap a 13-year-old girl as she was walking home from school in Encino.

Nov 17, 2009

Charlie Beck named L.A.'s new chief of police

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles City Council today appointed Charlie Beck as the city's new police chief. The council unanimously approved Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's nomination at a hearing this morning. There was no organized opposition to the nomination of Beck, currently an LAPD deputy chief, but the stakes are high.

Nov 16, 2009

In rebuff to city attorney, council committees support pot dispensaries

LA Times

Rejecting advice that Los Angeles must ban sales, lawmakers endorse patients' cash contributions to outlets, which cannot make a profit.

Nov 16, 2009

24-hour dogfighting tip line to be unveiled by L.A. County prosecutors

LA Times

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office and the Humane Society of the United States are collaborating to offer a 24-hour tip line -- and a substantial financial incentive for calling it -- to help L.A. County residents report incidents of dogfighting.

Nov 16, 2009

LAPD and other local police departments get state grants

Daily News

The Los Angeles Police Department is among police agencies in the Southland and statewide getting a slice of more than $3 million in traffic-safety grants intended for "Click It Or Ticket" enforcement efforts, the California Office of Traffic Safety announced Monday.

Nov 16, 2009

Man found guilty of murdering LAX police officer

Associated Press

A former aerospace worker has been found guilty of first-degree murder and carjacking in connection with the death of an airport police officer at Los Angeles International Airport in April 2005.

Nov 15, 2009

An epiphany, and an evolving philosophy of policing

LA Times

Chief-designate Charlie Beck has been with the LAPD more than 30 years -- and learned from what he calls the department's 'dark days.' He hopes his ideas will infiltrate the very fiber of his officers.

Nov 14, 2009

New police interceptor on horizon

The Detroit News

Ford says Crown Vic successor will be based on 2010 Taurus.

Nov 13, 2009

Drivers falling back into bad -- also illegal -- cell phone habits, authorities say

Contra Costa Times

California implemented a hands-free law in July 2008. In the following months, motorists generally heeded the message, authorities say. But a year and a half later, statewide data and anecdotal estimates suggest that drivers are falling back into bad habits.

Nov 13, 2009

Man eludes police to kill woman

LA Times

Police suspect the assailant climbed in a back window as they watched over her Mid-City apartment.

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