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Apr 22, 2009

Funeral Services to be Held for LAPD Gang Officer

Daily News Wire Services

Funeral services will be held today for a diminutive LAPD anti-gang detective who recently died after a 7-year-battle with cancer. Services for Janine Manji, a 13-year LAPD veteran who died April 13, will be held at 10 a.m. at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo, south of downtown Los Angeles.

Apr 22, 2009

Antonio: Get Rid of "Deadwood" at City Hall, Kiss of Death for Jack Weiss

http://ronkayela.com

Forget furloughs and pay cuts and no raises and free hours of work and all the other proposals mentioned in the mayor's budget plan. What Villaraigosa wants is an unbelievably costly plan to offer early retirement to thousands of city workers by giving them five extra years credit on their pensions.

Apr 22, 2009

Mayor Set to Confront City Unions Over Cuts

Daily News

A day after releasing a budget that calls for shared sacrifice, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa launched a campaign to rally support for a menu of employee concessions that are already proving unappetizing to city unions.

Apr 22, 2009

Villaraigosa Prefers Early Retirement to Layoffs

Los Angeles Times

Seeking to close a $530-million budget gap, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday that he favored cutting workers through early retirement offers instead of layoffs because eliminating "deadwood" and retaining younger, more productive workers would disrupt fewer services.

Apr 20, 2009

LAPD Wife: I'm All A'Twitter!

I've been checking out Twitter and decided to try it out. I'm still unsure if this will be something that will just complicate my life and add one more item to my already too-long to-do list, or... it may be an exercise that will allow more people to find me and feel like we're keeping in touch and closer than the blog atmosphere allows.

Apr 20, 2009

Paralyzed LAPD Officer Bikes In Boston Marathon

KCBS-TV

Kristina Ripatti, a former LAPD officer who was shot and paralyzed by a robbery suspect in 2006, recently participated in the grueling Boston Marathon.

Apr 20, 2009

City Budget

City News Service

A $7 billion spending plan unveiled today by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa relies on renegotiating employee contracts and privatizing municipal facilities and parking to eliminate a $530 million deficit.

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

www.citywatchla.com

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

KCRW

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.

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