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May 10, 2009

Last SLA Inmate Released from California Prison

Associated Press

The last captured member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, the radical 1970s-era group notorious for bank robberies, killings and the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst, was released from a California prison Sunday morning.

May 8, 2009

The Petersen Law Firm Announces United States District Court Ruled in Favor of Los Angeles Police Officers in Three FLSA Overtime Cases Filed Against the City of Los Angeles

Business Wire

Gregory G. Petersen, Chief Trial Counsel for the Petersen Law Firm, A Law Corporation, today announced that the United States District Court for the Central District of California ruled that the Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) must pay for the time spent by officers at the beginning and end of their shifts while donning and doffing their equipment, uniforms and safety gear.

May 8, 2009

Judge: Officers Must Get Paid for Putting on Their Clothes

LA Daily News

In a decision that could cost Los Angeles millions of dollars in back pay and higher salaries, a federal judge has ruled that LAPD officers should be paid for the time it takes them to put on and take off their uniforms and safety equipment.

May 8, 2009

Judge: LA Should Pay for Cops' Uniform Change Time

Associated Press

U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess said in ruling issued this week that time spent dressing for duty is a vital part of the job because uniforms legitimize an officer's authority, increase the officer's safety and help deter crime.

May 8, 2009

LAPD's Bratton Sticks by Weiss for City Attorney

LA Daily News

Police Chief Bill Bratton renewed his endorsement of Councilman Jack Weiss for city attorney on Friday, but said he expected he would be able to work equally well if Carmen Trutanich wins out in the May 19 election.

May 8, 2009

Police Benefits

City News Service

The union representing Los Angeles city police officers today fought a proposed federal cut in benefits for the families of officers killed in the line of duty.

May 8, 2009

LAPD’s Hollywood Division Inspection

Freshly pressed uniforms, boots with a mirror-like shine, and badges that resemble the crown jewels was the theme this morning as LAPD's Hollywood Division held its annual Formal Command Inspection.

May 8, 2009

Villaraigosa pension board appointee quits in SEC inquiry

One of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's appointees to a city pension board resigned today, one month after receiving a letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission asking him to identify income he had received from companies doing business with his agency.

May 8, 2009

Administration Proposes Significant Cuts to Benefits of Slain Officers

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is asking Congress to slash almost in half a 43-year-old Justice Department program that provides death, disability and education benefits to the families of slain police and public safety officers. President Obama's 2010 budget reduces funding for the Public Safety Officers' Death Benefits Program from $110 million this year to $60 million for next year's budget.

May 8, 2009

Obama to cut slain officers program almost in half

By DEVLIN BARRETT

The president's proposed budget calls for cutting the Public Safety Officers' Death Benefits Program from $110 million to $60 million. Justice Department budget documents say the reduction is being made because "claims are anticipated to decrease" because the number of officers killed in the line of duty has been decreasing.

May 8, 2009

Mayor: Police Hiring Remains on Track Despite Budget Woes

By ALICE WALTON

Citing a continuing decline in violent crime, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa rejects calls to slow the pace of hiring new police officers because of a multimillion-dollar deficit and potential layoffs.

May 8, 2009

LA city attorney candidates sharpen attacks against each other

Frank Stoltze

The race for Los Angeles city attorney is turning out to be one of the most negative political campaigns in recent memory. City Councilman Jack Weiss and criminal defense attorney Carmen Trutanich have launched blistering attacks on each other in what many expect to be a close vote. The election for the non-partisan but powerful post is less than two weeks away. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

May 8, 2009

Judge Rules in Favor of Police Union in Labor Suit

(AP) — LOS ANGELES

In a 39-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess found that the several minutes it takes an officer to dress for duty is an important part of the job because "police uniforms convey and legitimize officers' authority, increase officer safety, and help deter crime," and fall under the compensation rules of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 8, 2009

A federal judge rules that putting on ...

By Joel Rubin

Who knew the badge, the holster and the iconic dark blue threads worn by Los Angeles police officers could make punching the clock so complicated?

May 8, 2009

For LAPD officers, getting ready for work is on the clock

LA Times

A federal judge ruled this week that Los Angeles Police Department officers should be paid for the time it takes them to put on and take off their uniforms and safety equipment, a decision that could cost the city millions of dollars in back pay and higher salaries.

May 8, 2009

Bratton and Villaraigosa Seek More Cops During Fiscal Crisis

LA Weekly

Yesterday, at the Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Dispatch Center in downtown, Chief Bill Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were buddying up again, with City Council President Eric Garcetti and City Attorney candidate and Councilman Jack Weiss along for the ride.

May 8, 2009

L.A. Homicides Drop Nearly 34 Percent

KABC

Police report the number of homicides dropped almost 34 percent since this time last year. L.A. has had the biggest drop in crime of any major U.S. city. Overall violent crime, including rape, robbery and assault, is down almost 5.5 percent.

May 7, 2009

Judge Says LAPD Officers Should be Paid for Dressing. Ruling Could Cost City Millions

LA Times Blog

A federal judge has ruled that Los Angeles police officers should be paid for the time it takes them to put on and take off their uniforms and safety equipment, a ruling that could potentially cost the LAPD millions of dollars in back pay and higher salaries.

May 6, 2009

Los Angeles area could lose $300 million to state budget balancing

LA Times

A Schwarzenegger administration proposal would drain funds from cities and counties to help plug a huge budget hole. Skeptics say it's a ploy to scare voters into approving Propositions 1A-1F.

May 6, 2009

Memorial Honors Fallen Officers in California

KMPH

On Tuesday law-enforcement agencies from across Fresno County came together to honor all California peace officers who have lost their lives while serving their communities.

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