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Jul 14, 2009

Violent crime in L.A. down nearly 6% so far in 2009

LA Times

The total number of killings in the city of Los Angeles is down by nearly a third through the midway point of 2009 compared with the same period last year, the Los Angeles Police Department reported today.

Jul 12, 2009

Law Enforcement Line-of-Duty Deaths Rose 20 Percent during First Half of 2009

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Multiple-death shootings, rise in traffic-related deaths contribute to increase; fatalities still remain low when compared with recent years.

Jul 11, 2009

Cuts to police force test a safer Oakland

Wall Street Journal

Long a poster child of high crime, Oakland is preparing to lay off nearly a fifth of its police force just as it has turned the corner on crime, part of a national trend in the recession.

Jul 10, 2009

New LAPD Hollenbeck Station opens Saturday

EGP News Service

At noon on July 11, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Area Community Police Station will officially become operational at its new location.

Jul 10, 2009

LAPD chief worries about governor's release plan

KPCC

Southern California law enforcement officials are expressing concerns about Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan to release prison inmates early. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says the governor’s plan is designed to save the state $400 million.

Jul 9, 2009

L.A. City Council wants to weigh in on movie-set policing controversy

LA Times blog

Some members of the L.A. City Council are balking at the LAPD's plans to ban retired officers from wearing police uniforms and badges when they work on movie sets.

Jul 9, 2009

Budget crisis leads to parole reforms

KGO-TV

Under a new Corrections Department policy, over-crowded state prisons and a daunting budget deficit could mean less prison time for low-level parolees who are arrested for technical violations, a move critics call "early release."

Jul 9, 2009

California grants early release of parole violators

LA Times

Dealing with overcrowding and fiscal constraints, officials have set free some inmates and approved early release for others.

Jul 7, 2009

City attorney wants to know how L.A. got on the hook for Michael Jackson expenses

LA Times blog

Newly elected Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich exhibited a bit of the aggressive style he promised during his campaign when he made an unusual appearance today before the City Council.

Jul 7, 2009

Cops: Jackson memorial was a success

Daily News

Warnings by police and city officials for people without tickets to remain clear of Staples Center during today's Michael Jackson memorial ceremony appeared to have worked, with only small crowds gathering around a wide perimeter designed to keep anxious fans out of the area, police Chief William Bratton said.

Jul 6, 2009

DEA's expertise gives it a role in investigation of Michael Jackson's death

LA Times

The agency's involvement is a sign that the use or abuse of prescription drugs may be suspected, a law enforcement official says. The state attorney general's office is also joining the probe.

Jul 3, 2009

Villaraigosa starts vacation in South Africa a day after inauguration

LA Times

The Los Angeles mayor will attend a summit sponsored by the Academy of Achievement, a source says. The group honored the mayor in 2006.

Jul 3, 2009

Police work undermines cardiovascular health, comparison to general population shows

Science Daily

It is well documented that police officers have a higher risk of developing heart disease: The question is why.

Jul 3, 2009

Jackson memorial planned for Tuesday at Staples Center

LA Times

A spokesman for the singer's family said 11,000 tickets will be distributed for the 10 a.m. event, which will be free. City officials are concerned about security and logistics.

Jul 2, 2009

Trutanich sworn in, vows to "do the people’s work"

Metropolitan News-Enterprise

Los Angeles’ new City Attorney, Carmen A. Trutanich, yesterday vowed that he will vigorously prosecute gang members and environmental crimes, as well as welcome an audit by City Controller Wendy Greuel.

Jul 2, 2009

Something old, something Nuch

LA Downtown News

Villaraigosa lays down his agenda, but Trutanich blows ’em away.

Jul 2, 2009

CalPensions: Governor targets public pension cuts

Capitol Weekly

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, calling current benefits “unsustainable,” proposed a sweeping reduction in pension and retiree health benefits for new state workers.

Jul 2, 2009

U.S. unemployment rate hits 9.5%, a 26-year high

LA Times

In June, 467,000 jobs were lost; analysts had predicted 350,000. Despite positive signs for the economy in recent weeks, the report is evidence that the jobs market remains troubled.

Jul 2, 2009

Furlough Fridays back - now three days a month

Sacramento Bee

With California on the verge of issuing IOUs, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger moved to conserve cash Wednesday by ordering state workers to take a third day of unpaid furlough each month.

Jul 2, 2009

Vallejo closes another fire station

By Jessica A. York/Times-Herald staff writer

The station's 8 a.m. closure, considered by Vallejo officials as separate from the city's year-old Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing, is one of many coming changes, that include layoffs and employee wage and benefit cuts.

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