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Sep 18, 2008

Veteran L.A. County Prosecutor Dies at 55

Veteran prosecutor Ken Lamb, who tried more than 600 felony cases during a 25-year career with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, has died of cancer, authorities said today. Lamb -- who was called the ``Babe Ruth of felony trials'' by colleagues - - died Tuesday at his Long Beach home at age 55.

Sep 18, 2008

Got A Tip on a Crime? Text it to the L.A.P.D.

Fox 11

Angelenos who want to provide anonymous crime tips to the Los Angeles Police Department can do so via cell phone text message and also on the department's Web site, beginning today.

Sep 17, 2008

Law Enforcement Organization Honors Steve Cooley

By a MetNews Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Police Historical Society on Saturday presented Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley with its Jack Webb Award at the society’s annual gala dinner.

Sep 17, 2008

Ex-detective loved family, football

Sandra Emerson, Correspondent

Terry K. Pearson, a former detective for the Los Angeles Police Department and beloved jokester, passed away at home last month, according to his family. He was 60.

Sep 17, 2008

LAPD ISO Anon Tips via Txt

The LAPD will announce a new way to make anonymous tips about crime via text message and e-mails tomorrow afternoon in a press conference.

Sep 17, 2008

New Financial Reporting for Drug Officers Halted

Daily Journal Staff Writer

A federal appeals court has temporarily halted new LAPD financial disclosure rules for gang and narcotics officers who routinely handle cash and contraband, and set a December hearing on the policy.

Sep 16, 2008

Steve Poizner joins race for California governor

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner took the first step toward a run for governor today, forming an exploratory committee to raise money for a campaign to replace fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. .

Sep 16, 2008

Parents Mourn LAPD Officer Killed In Train Crash

The parents of Los Angeles police Officer Spree Desha, who was among the 25 people killed in Friday's Metrolink crash, praised their daughter Monday as a "wonderful person" who was honored to dedicate her life to the department and the city.

Sep 15, 2008

Metrolink officials say trains crashed after their engineer drove through red light.

Metrolink officials said Saturday that a train engineer's failure to heed a red light signal apparently caused the catastrophic head-on crash in Chatsworth on Friday afternoon that claimed at least 25 lives.

Sep 15, 2008

Police lined up for body of Spree Desha

Los Angeles police Officer Laura Gerritsen rushed to the Metrolink crash in Chatsworth Friday afternoon along with hundreds of her fellow officers, unaware that her best friend and co-worker was among the dead.

Sep 15, 2008

LAPD officer killed in crash was a standout

For the hundreds of police officers and firefighters who worked through the night, the tragedy turned personal as word spread that an officer was among the dead. Some at the scene were said to be former patrol partners of Desha's.

Sep 13, 2008

LAPD Officer Killed in Metrolink Disaster News Release

Los Angeles Police Department

The Los Angeles Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own after the Officer was killed during the crash between a Metrolink Commuter Train and Freight train Friday afternoon.

Sep 12, 2008

Troubled LA Housing Authority Cooked the Books Again

City Watch

The mayor boasted that HACLA "has reached an important milestone in its efforts to reform ... and successfully met federally mandated reforms covering the City's Section 8 voucher program, putting the department back in good- standing and ending federal oversight of the program."

Sep 12, 2008

Mayor Offers Blueprint for LA’s Future

City Watch

Mayor Villaraigosa outlined his vision for LA’s future … housing, transit, economy … recently in a speech at the LA Business Council’s Mayoral Housing Summit. Here’s what the Mayor had to say. “The LABC’s Scorecard underscores precisely what we must do to ensure a more vibrant and more livable future for the City of Los Angeles and for the region as a whole.

Sep 12, 2008

CSAC Opposes the Prop. 5 "Fiscal Train Wreck"

The Board of Directors of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) voted today to formally oppose Proposition 5 on the November ballot because of the initiative's staggering cost to state and local government. CSAC's Board of Directors is comprised of a County Supervisor representing each of California's 58 counties.

Sep 12, 2008

Is Mayor Villaraigosa boasting false crime stats?

Walter Moore wrote yesterday that LAPD — and by extension, Mayor Villaraigosa — are understating the city’s crime rate by using an inflated population estimate. When I saw the number — 4,220,260 — it looked suspicious so I decided to do some digging.

Sep 11, 2008

L.A. neighborhood councils may see gains

Neighborhood councils got another step closer Tuesday to being able to put specific items like fixing potholes directly on City Council agendas rather than having to convince a council member to put it on for them.

Sep 11, 2008

L.A. to seek injunctions on 6 gangs

LOS ANGELES - The City Attorney's Office will ask a judge today to issue an injunction that would prevent members of six South Los Angeles gangs from associating in public or possessing weapons and graffiti tools.

Sep 10, 2008

$200,000 reward in theft of Encino couple's artwork

The thief, or thieves, was either very smart or very, very lucky. The side door of the home in the hills of Encino was unlocked on the Saturday morning in late August. The elderly owners were in a back room, otherwise occupied. The maid had stepped out.

Sep 10, 2008

LAPD Stats

The LAPD expects to hire 780 officers by June 30, 2009, which is the end of the fiscal year, said Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell. The department hired 730 officers in fiscal year 2006-07 and 739 in 2007- 08 -- the most since 1995-96, when 965 officers joined the force.

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