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Nov 5, 2009

Gunman opens fire on off-duty officer in South L.A.

LA Times blog

A gunman opened fire today on an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

Nov 5, 2009

LAPD makes urgent appeal to public for tips on a serial kidnapper targeting young girls west of downtown L.A.

LA Times

The Los Angeles Police Department put out an urgent plea today for the public's help in finding a serial kidnapper believed responsible for abducting and attempting to sexually assault at least four young girls.

Nov 5, 2009

LAPD reduces majority of rape kit backlog

Daily News

The Los Angeles Police Department has cleared almost two-thirds of its backlog in testing DNA rape kits after coming under pressure from women's rights groups and City Council members to speed the process, officials announced Thursday.

Nov 5, 2009

Identity politics brushed aside in LAPD chief selection

Pajamas Media

Deputy Chief Charlie Beck was one of the most qualified people vying for the position.

Nov 5, 2009

A good choice for the LAPD

La Opinión

The selection of Deputy Chief Charles L. Beck to lead the Los Angeles Police Department is a positive choice that signals the combination of experience inside the police force with the reforms initiated by his predecessor, William Bratton.

Nov 5, 2009

Beck's style and strategy are notably different from Bratton's

LA Times

The LAPD deputy chief picked to run the department says he is rooted in ties to rank-and-file officers rather than to the upper echelon, and plans to make changes from the bottom up.

Nov 4, 2009

L.A. City Council OKs pay cuts for 800 nonunion workers

LA Times

The 5% reduction starts Dec. 6 and will be in effect through June 30 for department heads, policy analysts, human resources employees and aides to council members, a memo states.

Nov 4, 2009

Behind closed doors, Los Angeles police chief pick was no shoo-in

LA Times

Beck looked to have the edge from the start. In fact, the opposite was true.

Nov 4, 2009

In Beck, Villaraigosa taps a veteran with deep ties to the LAPD

LA Times

The nominee for chief is supported by both the rank and file and civil rights advocates. If OKd by City Council, he will take command at a time of uncertainty in the department.

Nov 3, 2009

Cops Count. Character Counts.

Mayor's blog

Never did I think when I joined the LAPD 32 years ago that one day I would be chief. I am humbled by this honor and grateful to the Mayor for this opportunity. I am honored to have been selected from such a distinguished and accomplished group of candidates and I pledge that I will not let this city down. This is not just a job to me. This is who I am.

Nov 3, 2009

Prisoners to be sent out of state

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

CHINO - The bloated state prison system is getting a little leaner. Corrections officials announced plans this week to ship more inmates out of state. But the plans might not help the overcrowding at the California Institution for Men, officials said.

Nov 3, 2009

Michel Moore, Jim McDonnell staying, for now

Daily News

Though disappointed about not being selected to be the next chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, neither Deputy Chief Michel Moore nor First Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell said they had any immediate plans to seek jobs elsewhere.

Nov 3, 2009

Town hall meetings bring LAPD Chief nominee to the public

Daily News

Hours after he was announced as the nominee for the city's next police chief, the campaign to sell Charlie Beck to the public began Tuesday night at a noisy gymnasium in South Los Angeles where he was questioned on his commitment to reform.

Nov 3, 2009

Villaraigosa selects Beck to be next LAPD chief

LA Times

The 32-year veteran of the department is supported by both the rank-and-file and civil rights advocates and will take command at a time of uncertainty for the department.

Nov 3, 2009

Charlie Beck tapped by mayor as new LAPD chief

LA Times

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has selected Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Charlie Beck, a 32-year LAPD veteran with strong support from rank-and-file officers and civil rights advocates alike, to serve as the next chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, The Times has learned.

Nov 2, 2009

New LAPD chief to be announced Tuesday

LA Times

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa summons the three finalists for a second round of interviews Sunday and decides to take an additional day to ponder who William J. Bratton's replacement should be.

Nov 1, 2009

L.A. is seeing its police officers in a new light

LA Times

Crime is down and a degree of trust is taking hold. Many credit Bratton and say they hope the trend continues.

Nov 1, 2009

State's tax withholding bump-up starts today

Sacramento Bee

Some call it California's cash advance. Effective today, the amount of state income taxes withheld from California workers' paychecks will increase 10 percent.

Oct 31, 2009

LAPD chief candidates are far from three of a kind

LA Times

Superficial similarities conceal differences in their leadership styles.

Oct 30, 2009

Prosecutors won't charge LAPD officers in immigration march melee at MacArthur Park

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced today it would not file criminal charges against any of the LAPD officers for their actions during the 2007 May Day melee at MacArthur Park.

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