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Apr 19, 2009

L.A. Faces Financial Judgment Day

Daily News

After a year of constant adjustments to the $7.2 billion spending plan, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today is set to release his 2009-10 budget - one that is expected to require thousands of layoffs, cuts in nearly all departments and higher fees for residents.

Apr 19, 2009

When Cops Can’t Use Lights and Sirens

Pajamas Media

Sometimes police officers need to get from one place to another more quickly than traffic conditions will allow, which is why the cars they drive are equipped with sirens and bright flashing lights. “But, Dunphy,” you say, “Why write about something so patently obvious? Any fool knows that.” No, there are in fact some fools who do not know that. Strangely enough, one such fool is a former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department who now sits on the Los Angeles City Council.

Apr 18, 2009

Raised by Mom and the LAPD

Los Angeles Times

Four years ago, Micah Blackwell of Watts befriended community relations officers. Today, as he turns 13, they have become part of the family.

Apr 17, 2009

LA City Workers Hold Efficiency Summit to Help Solve Budget Crisis


Nearly 200 city workers and members of community organizations gathered for better government at the first SEIU Efficiency Summit on Saturday, April 11. They promoted ideas to save money, eliminate waste, and promote services during this budget crisis.

Apr 14, 2009

Villaraigosa's Tightrope: Cut City Spending without Angering Labor

Los Angeles Times

Mayor wants wage and benefit decreases from workers but needs the support of his powerful union allies if he is to run for governor.

Apr 13, 2009

LAPD Policy

City News Service

Over the objection of former LAPD chief and current City Councilman Bernard Parks, a council committee today backed a policy change that would give police officers more discretion over when to activate the lights and sirens on their patrol cars.

Apr 13, 2009

L.A. Police Get Lights and Sirens Freedom

Daily Breeze

A proposal approved Monday by a Los Angeles public safety panel would give police officers more discretion over when to flip on their lights and sirens.

Apr 11, 2009

When Should the LAPD Use Lights and Sirens?

Los Angeles Times

The department hopes to broaden use of Code 3 to avoid the unofficial practice of speeding without warning other drivers. Two city councilmen worry that more accidents could result.

Apr 10, 2009

Paralyzed LAPD Officer To Take On Boston Marathon

This year's Boston Marathon has many stories of courage, inspiration and strength, including one of a Los Angeles police officer who was paralyzed when she was shot in the line of duty.

Apr 10, 2009

City Worker Layoffs Likely Unless Workers Contribute

With Los Angeles city government facing a $535 million deficit in the coming fiscal year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday 2,580 layoffs could be avoided if city workers increase contributions to their retirement funds and defer scheduled raises.

Apr 10, 2009

Looming Budget Troubles in Los Angeles


Some Los Angeles city unions may cut their hours and make other concessions to save jobs. Will that mean a reduction in services? Will the Police Protective League go along?

Apr 7, 2009

Villaraigosa Tells Unions Concessions Needed to Avoid Layoffs

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday said unions representing city workers would need to make major concessions to avoid widespread layoffs, including possibly deferring raises, cutting work hours and paying more for retirement benefits.

Apr 6, 2009

Layoffs, Fee Increases Likely as Los Angeles Officials Draft 2009-10 Budget

City News Service

With Los Angeles city government facing a $535 million deficit in the coming fiscal year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said today 2,580 layoffs could be avoided if city workers increase contributions to their retirement funds and defer scheduled raises.

Apr 5, 2009

L.A. Mayor Ready to Discuss Furloughs

Los Angeles Daily News

For Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the next two weeks will be his chance to reconnect with the city. His re-election campaign is safely, if shakily, behind him, as are the national campaigning and a respite from the trips to Washington, D.C., and Sacramento to get money for the city.

Apr 5, 2009

N.Y. shooter had history of frequent weapons purchases

USA Today

The man who gunned down 13 people on Friday was well known at a Johnson City, N.Y., outdoors store, where he often purchased or exchanged handguns, a store employee said.

Apr 5, 2009

Gunman Kills Three Police Officers in Pittsburgh

New York Times

In a scene that neighbors described as a war zone, a gunman fatally shot three police officers on Saturday morning as they responded to a domestic dispute between a mother and her son.

Apr 4, 2009

L.A. City Attorney Candidates Spar in Combative Debate

Los Angeles Times

Carmen 'Nuch' Trutanich and Jack Weiss trade jabs over conflicts of interest, development, illegal billboards and gun control. The runoff election is May 19.

Apr 4, 2009

City's Police Protective League backs Trutanich

Daily Breeze

The Los Angeles Police Protective League has endorsed Carmen Trutanich in the race for Los Angeles City Attorney.

Apr 4, 2009

Let's Elect the Head of Police Department

Los Angeles Daily News Op-Ed

Seventeen years after the Christopher Commission recommended sweeping changes to the LAPD; it is time for city leaders to explore making the LAPD police chief position an elected rather than appointed position. With an elected chief, the public will better be able to directly hold the chief accountable. In California, elected sheriffs, by legislative design, are responsive and accountable to the public.

Apr 1, 2009

Civilian hiring freeze leaves scores of LAPD cops doing desk work

LA Times

Hamstrung by a citywide hiring freeze and widespread job vacancies, Los Angeles Police Department officials have resorted to using scores of police officers to perform clerical duties and other desk-bound work meant to be done by civilian employees.

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