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Jun 1, 2009

LAPD Detectives Find a Suspected Serial Killer – Just Not the One They Were Looking For

Searching for a serial killer who has stalked South L.A. for decades, LAPD detectives were surprised by DNA evidence tying a string of 1970s Westside slayings to 72-year-old John Floyd Thomas.

Jun 1, 2009

LAPD High

The statistics say that 17-year-old Rocio Sazo should have dropped out of school by now. In the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), outside studies show that fewer than half of ninth-graders graduate from high school within four years.

Jun 1, 2009

Trutanich names Livesay chief deputy city attorney

MetNews

Los Angeles City Attorney-elect Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich Friday named former chief deputy district attorney Curt Livesay as his chief deputy and former Assistant U.S. Attorney William W. Carter as his chief of staff.

May 29, 2009

Claremont Man Honored by LAPD

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

A Claremont resident on Thursday was one of 25 Los Angeles police officers who received the department's highest honor. Sergeant Christopher Gomez was awarded the Medal of Valor for displaying exceptional heroism in 2007 when he rescued a man from a burning vehicle.

May 29, 2009

Los Angeles Police Department Honors 25 Officers for Valor

LA Times

The Medal of Valor recognizes officers who display extraordinary courage under difficult – often life-threatening – circumstances. This year saw the highest number of female recipients so far, five.

May 25, 2009

Hard Times and Crime? Just You Wait

Los Angeles Times Opinion

Despite the recession, crime is down sharply in L.A. One expert says crime rates are not linked to economic cycles, but another says a long-term downturn could reverse the trend.

May 25, 2009

Diversity Bolsters the LAPD

LA Daily News

Force nearly matches ethnic makeup of city as police gain trust of minority communities.

May 24, 2009

Lift the LAPD Consent Decree

LA Times Editorial

The sweeping police reforms that L.A. agreed to in 2000 have taken hold. Now oversight of the LAPD should revert to the Police Commission.

May 23, 2009

Bid to Divert California Prisoners to County Jails Denounced

LA Times

Local officials say they don't have the room or the funding to house the low-level felons that the governor wants to send them.

May 22, 2009

L.A. Police Union Part Owner of U-T; Wants Editorial Staff Gone

City News Service (CNS)

As an investor in the company that now owns The San Diego Union-Tribune, the union that represents Los Angeles police officers is demanding the ouster of the newspaper's editorial page staff.

May 21, 2009

Beating the Machine: The New Politics of LA

www.ronkayela.com

The governor and legislators are going back to normal today with their posturing and pretenses as if voters hadn't just slapped them in the face and kicked them in the groin.

May 21, 2009

L.A. County's Election Winners and Losers

LA Times

The LAPD union, a political consultant and city councilman all came out on top. But LAPD Chief William J. Bratton, a developer and, yes, sea lions are all worse off.

May 20, 2009

Trutanich Celebrates Victory in City Attorney's Race

Los Angeles Independent

Attorney and political newcomer Carmen Trutanich was celebrating Wednesday his improbable victory over Councilman Jack Weiss in the race to become Los Angeles city attorney.

May 20, 2009

Police Union Submits 16 Ideas to Save LA Money

www.LAist.com

The LAPD didn't get hit as hard as other departments in the City Council approved city budget, but the current plan does slow down hiring new officers. Now the Los Angeles Police Protective League has submitted their ideas to save the city money in order to get back on track of getting more officers on the streets.

May 20, 2009

L.A. Police Union to Release Cost Savings Ideas

Daily News Wire Services

The union that represents Los Angeles police officers today released a set of recommendations that it says could save the city millions of dollars at a time when officers' contracts are being renegotiated.

May 16, 2009

The LAPD Must be Frugal While Maintaining its Force

LA Times Editorial

The city's budget emergency is forcing all departments to cut back, but that doesn't mean we should be reducing the number of officers on duty.

May 16, 2009

L.A. Still Needs More Cops

LA Times Opinion

Times are tough; every city department is under pressure. But the LAPD must keep hiring.

May 15, 2009

Weiss campaign is a crucial test of Villaraigosa's clout

LA Times

The mayor, weighing a gubernatorial run, has raised funds and rallied supporters to the side of his closest ally on the City Council, who is now running for city attorney. By David Zahniser and Maeve Reston

May 15, 2009

Drama Over LAPD Chief Bratton's Political Endorsements

LA Weekly

It's frowned upon for police chiefs to endorse candidates during campaigns. But so far, Chief William Bratton has endorsed candidates appearing on next Tuesday's ballot, including City Attorney hopeful Jack Weiss. “If Weiss gets in, he is going to owe Bratton,” warned former Chief Daryl Gates in an LA Weekly story by Daniel Heimpel today.

May 15, 2009

Bill Bratton's Endorsements Spectacle

By Daniel Heimpel

It’s a spectacle Angelenos have rarely seen, officially frowned upon since the ethics reforms of 1991, when former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, leading an LAPD cleanup commission, made something crystal clear: No police chief, a hired hand beholden to politicians who hire him, should ever back anyone in a political race.

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