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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.

May 6, 2009

L.A. Council Initiates Layoff Process for 400 City Workers

LA Times Blog

Faced with a looming $530-million budget gap, the Los Angeles City Council voted today to initiate the layoff process for up to 400 city workers and eliminate 1,200 vacant positions.

May 6, 2009

LAPD Panel OKs Medal for Killed, Seriously Injured Officers

LA TImes Blog

The Los Angeles Police Commission voted today to establish a medal for officers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.

May 6, 2009

L.A. Police Union Protests Computer-Based Parolee Assessment

LA Times

In a letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger, the Police Protective League expresses concern over planned expansion of the tool, which would result in less monitoring of lower-risk offenders by parole agents.

May 5, 2009

Police Officers Slam Computer Program that Determines Parolee Risk

LA Times Blog

The union representing 9,800 Los Angeles police officers is accusing state corrections officials of compromising public safety by using computer-based risk assessments to reduce the number of parolees -- and by extension, the state prison population.

May 4, 2009

Purple Heart Award

City News Service

Los Angeles police officers who are killed or seriously injured in the line of duty could receive a Purple Heart from the Los Angeles Police Department under a proposal that will be considered Tuesday by the Police Commission.

May 2, 2009

City, County, Schools Face Deeper Cuts

Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles city, county and school officials Wednesday began bracing for – and plotting to fight – yet another round of budget cuts after California voters rejected a package of budget-reform ballot measures in Tuesday's election.

May 1, 2009

55 Stockton Cops to Get Layoff Notices

Stockton Record

STOCKTON - City Hall will issue layoff notices today to about 55 police officers and 35 civilian employees to shed costs, officials said Thursday, after Stockton and its police union ended labor talks without a deal.

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