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Jul 20, 2009

Homeland Security chief promotes cheaper, secure driver's licenses

WASHINGTON (AP)

The country needs more secure driver's licenses to thwart terrorists, and a new Obama administration program supported by governors across the country would do that and save money, Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Wednesday.

Jul 20, 2009

CHP officers to get more money, but not much

By Jon Ortiz

While other state workers endure unpaid furloughs, California Highway Patrol officers are getting more money. It's not much. "Less than 1 percent," said Jon Hamm, head of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, which represents 7,000 sworn officers. He declined to be more specific.

Jul 20, 2009

Memorial service held for LAPD detective Susan Clemmer

Signal Senior Writer

Before her suicide, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Susan Clemmer had aced a job interview with Gangs and Narcotics Captain Kevin McCarthy, leaving him deeply impressed with her education, passion and talent.

Jul 20, 2009

Release of Prisoners becomes bargaining chip in California budget debate

Zhang Jin

People in the Los Angeles metropolitan area have got used to talk by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on releasing prisoners each time when there is a budget fight, but this time, the "wolf" will really come.

Jul 20, 2009

Judge ends monitor of the Los Angeles Police

By SOLOMON MOORE

A federal judge late Friday released the Los Angeles Police Department from an eight-year settlement to reduce corruption and police brutality, finding that it had made substantial reforms.

Jul 20, 2009

Federal judge ends LAPD consent decree

The Associated Press

A federal judge on Friday released the Los Angeles Police Department from a decade-long consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice that was aimed at ensuring reforms after a corruption scandal.

Jul 20, 2009

No more consent decree for LAPD

By Tony Castro, Staff Writer

A federal judge Friday lifted the controversial consent decree that for more than eight years had guided an independent monitor overseeing sweeping reforms of the Los Angeles Police Department imposed after the Rampart corruption scandal.

Jul 20, 2009

LAPD consent decree lifted

www.laobserved.com

U.S. District Court Judge Gary A. Feess freed the Los Angeles Police Department from most of the federal oversight that has been in place since the Rampart corruption scandals of the early 1990s.

Jul 20, 2009

U.S. judge ends federal oversight of the LAPD

By Joel Rubin

Saying that the department has reformed itself significantly, the judge ends the consent decree that had been imposed in the wake of the 2001 Rampart corruption scandal.

Jul 17, 2009

California prison guards call for a strike vote Posted

By Karen Velie

After learning of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to slash prison guard’s salaries by another 10 percent, the union has authorized a strike vote, according to Paco Villa’s Correction

Jul 17, 2009

California lawmakers target city, county funds to close budget gap

The Sacramento Bee

California cities and counties will take a multibillion-dollar hit to help close the state's massive budget gap.

Jul 17, 2009

L.A. councilwoman proposes city tax on medical marijuana

LA Times

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn has proposed that the council consider imposing a tax on sales of medical marijuana.

Jul 17, 2009

L.A. weighs plan to replace computer software with Google service

LA Times

If OKd by the City Council, the plan would shift protection of internal data and public records from the city to the Internet giant. The LAPD has raised concerns about shielding arrest information.

Jul 16, 2009

Orlando budget battle aims at "take home" police cars

Orlando Sentinel

A major budget battle is brewing between Orlando City Hall and the city's cops, with administrators taking aim at a favorite perk: the patrol cars that officers drive home at the end of the day.

Jul 16, 2009

City hits impasse on police, fire contracts

Lawrence Journal-World

For the second year in a row, the city is struggling to reach agreement with police officers and firefighters on new labor contracts.

Jul 16, 2009

Uptick in violence leaves police little time to settle in

egpnews.com

Following a holiday weekend marred with violence, Hollenbeck officers quietly move into new Boyle Heights headquarters.

Jul 16, 2009

L.A. County court system begins worker furloughs

LA Times

Most of the county's 600 courtrooms were closed Wednesday. Employees will be off the third Wednesday of each month until next June as part of an effort to fill an expected $138-million shortfall.

Jul 15, 2009

California prison guards call for a strike vote

www.calcoastnews.com

After learning of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to slash prison guard’s salaries by another 10 percent, the union has authorized a strike vote, according to Paco Villa’s Corrections Blog.

Jul 15, 2009

Judge extends oversight of LAPD for two more days

Associated Press

A federal judge says he needs at least two more days to decide whether the Los Angeles Police Department is ready to be released from federal oversight.

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