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Jun 15, 2009

Calif. law enforcement gets $136M from stimulus

Associated Press

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says California will receive $136 million in economic stimulus money to strengthen law enforcement programs throughout the state.

Jun 15, 2009

U.S. Mayors vote suggests Villaraigosa has other plans

The Sacramento Bee

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa may be unwilling to totally kill off speculation he is going to run for governor. But a vote by the United States Conference of Mayors today suggests that he has other plans.

Jun 15, 2009

18 people arrested in Lakers melees


Jubilant fans poured out onto the streets of Los Angeles Sunday to celebrate the Lakers' title-clinching win over the Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals. But it didn't take long for the crowds to turn unruly, forcing the LAPD to go on tactical alert.

Jun 15, 2009

We won't rain on their parade -- but should we pay for it?

Southern California Public Radio

Woo hoo and congrats to the Lakers, bringing home the big trophy. What they've come home to [besides the cleanup from the deplorable ''celebration'' mini-riots on Sunday night] is a pretty vinegary debate about whether a city that's got a half-billion-dollar hole in its budget should pony up any dough toward a victory parade.

Jun 15, 2009

LAPD officers union: No public funding for Laker parade

City News Service

Despite the city's plan to split the cost of a parade honoring the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, the head of the union that represents LAPD officers criticized the expense again today, saying no public funds should be spent on a celebration when the city is facing a massive budget deficit.

Jun 12, 2009

CHP encourages residents to report out-of-state license plates

Orange County Register

Officials want residents whose vehicles are registered in other states to pay their fair share in licensing fees.

Jun 12, 2009

California has 50 days to live

Yahoo Finance

California officially has a drop-dead date now. State Controller John Chiang told Arnold Schwarzenegger last night that the state has 50 days before it hits a financial meltdown.

Jun 12, 2009

Schwarzenegger takes step toward carrying out budget threat

LA Times

The governor revokes the controller's authority to take out a high-interest emergency loan to keep the state running should talks fail. Democrats denounce his rhetoric.

Jun 11, 2009

California mayors join forces to oppose state funding cuts

Emerging from a tense meeting with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a group of California mayors warned Tuesday that they may have to lay off police officers and make deeper cuts in vital services if the state siphons off gas taxes and property taxes to help resolve the state's fiscal crisis.

Jun 11, 2009

Upset workers march on City Hall

Daily Breeze

Hundreds of city workers and supporters marched to City Hall today to urge the City Council to drop plans to force civilian employees to take 26 furlough days to help offset a $529 million budget deficit.

Jun 11, 2009

LAPD makes huge gang bust in Studio City


Forty people were arrested in a planned gang bust by LAPD officers at an upscale nightclub in Studio City early Thursday morning.

Jun 9, 2009

Cops’ union out in force against budget cuts


The union that represents the Los Angeles Police Department rank-and-file announced today that it has launched a public relations campaign aimed at maintaining full funding for the force.

Jun 9, 2009

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa part of delegation trying to hold on to local funds

Daily News

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa returned to Sacramento on Tuesday for the second time in three weeks, leading a delegation of mayors trying to block state legislators from taking local funds.

Jun 8, 2009

All in a day's work for local hero

The Signal

LAPD officer awarded Medal of Valor for evacuating people from burning building.

Jun 8, 2009

Vehicle fraud cases heat up amid economic downturn

LA Times

Suspicious car fires or arson rise 27% in the first quarter compared with a year earlier as owners seek a payoff.

Jun 8, 2009

Hearing postponed on LAPD's bid to have consent decree lifted

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Police Department officials will have to wait another week before making their case that the department no longer needs the federal government acting as its big brother.

Jun 8, 2009

L.A. police union mounts campaign to oppose LAPD furloughs

Daily News

Despite assurances that policing in the cash-strapped city will not be scaled back, the Police Protective League has mounted a campaign to generate public opposition to LAPD furloughs. The PPL sent an e-mail to 400,000 registered voters, asking them to contact Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council and express their opposition to any furlough of Los Angeles Police Department officers.

Jun 8, 2009

Hearing on fate of LAPD Consent Decree postponed

Daily News Wire Services

A hearing at which attorneys for the LAPD planned to ask a federal judge to end the consent decree under which the department has been under federal oversight since 2001 has been postponed, but police Chief William Bratton says he's confident the decree will be ended in the coming weeks.

Jun 7, 2009

With crime in decline, a fragile sense of hope

As a wide-ranging LAPD injunction restricts gangs on their own turf, seeds of opportunity are taking root in an area that has long felt marginalized.

Jun 7, 2009

Enough slamming the LAPD over “racial profiling”


Violent crime in Los Angeles is dominated by blacks and Hispanics. Straw-man arguments can't alter this uncomfortable fact.

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