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Jul 13, 2011

Businesses look to cash in on 'Carmageddon'

Associated Press

Business owners touted promotions Wednesday aimed at cashing in on the upcoming closure of part of heavily traveled Interstate 405, while city officials sought to assure the public that they were ready for the effects of a possible traffic nightmare during what's being dubbed "Carmageddon" in freeway-dependent Southern California.

Jul 13, 2011

California DMV reiterates 30-day extension to renew car registrations in July and August

Sacramento Bee

Responding to confusion among some drivers, California Department of Motor Vehicles officials clarified Tuesday that anyone receiving a vehicle registration renewal notice in the mail this month or next will be given an extra 30 days beyond their renewal date to pay their fees.

Jul 12, 2011

Violent crime in L.A. continues decade-long decline

LA Times blog

Serious crime in Los Angeles dropped about 8% during the first six months of the year, continuing nearly a decade-long decline, city officials announced Tuesday.

Jul 12, 2011

CARMAGEDDON: Officials to rely on airborne CHP, roadway sensors

Torrance Daily Breeze

With Carmageddon looming, transportation officials said Monday they will rely on airborne CHP officers and vehicle-tracking sensors embedded in the pavement to monitor congestion and help keep motorists moving.

Jul 12, 2011

City Street Lane Closures During Mulholland Bridge Demolition Project

City of LA - Dept of Transportation

The Mulholland Drive Bridge will be demolished and reconstructed to accommodate the widening of the I-405 freeway and to add a northbound high-occupancy vehicle lane through the Sepulveda Pass.

Jul 11, 2011

Appellate court overturns Duncan's death penalty

Associated Press

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the death penalty of Joseph Edward Duncan III, saying he should have been given a competency hearing before he was allowed to waive his appeal.

Jul 11, 2011

Mean streets — for police

LA Times Op-Ed

Crime in Los Angeles is down, but citizen assaults on officers are up.

Jul 11, 2011

Alhambra officer dies after two police cruisers collide

LA Times

The vehicles collided while Officer Ryan Stringer, 26, was responding to a robbery call. Stringer later died, and the other officer was undergoing surgery and listed in stable condition.

Jul 10, 2011

SF police union OKs deal to avoid layoffs

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco's police officers union overwhelmingly accepted a deal Saturday that will allow them to receive past raises owed to them and avoid layoffs for at least a year while agreeing to pay more into their pension fund at an earlier date.

Jul 8, 2011

Off-duty LAPD officer may have saved a life

NBC LA

Officer Jarrett intervened when a confrontation became violent at a restaurant.

Jul 7, 2011

LAPD: Avoid canyon routes during Carmageddon

NBC4

Carmageddon is just around the corner. Some commuters think they’ve figured a way around the 3-day closure of the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass. They think the winding canyon roads that link the Westside to the San Fernando Valley are the answer.

Jul 7, 2011

WHOA! 56 L.A. County Cities Have No Money To Pay For Retiree Healthcare

Business Insider

Los Angeles County, Calif., has almost completely neglected to fund retiree healthcare benefits for public-sector employees, according to a startling new report from a Civil Grand Jury, which in California investigates the county and municipal governments on an annual basis.

Jul 7, 2011

Will & Kate royal visit: LAPD hopes to rein in aggressive paparazzi behavior

LA Times

William and Catherine, the stylish royal newlyweds, arrive Friday in Los Angeles, and officials are hoping to tame the aggressive behavior of the celebrity-hungry paparazzi.

Jul 6, 2011

Judge halts Costa Mesa layoffs

LA Times

The Orange County city may not proceed with planned layoffs of 213 workers without following proper procedure, judge rules.

Jul 5, 2011

Can Computers Predict Crimes of the Future?

Miller-McCune

The LAPD’s Sean Malinowski wants to reduce crime with “predictive policing,” which can forecast patterns of where crime occurs using computer algorithms.

Jul 5, 2011

July 1 marks start date for a number of new laws in California

LA Times

A raft of new laws, many related to health and safety, are now in effect.

Jun 28, 2011

Westside and Valley businesses are preparing for Carmageddon

LA Times

For three nights on a mid-July weekend, Oscar Morel will be away on business. The Canoga Park resident, however, won't be traveling out of state or to a faraway country.

Jun 28, 2011

LAPD officers dealing with rise in attacks

LA Daily News

Echoing a national trend, attacks on police officers in Los Angeles are spiking dramatically this year, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday.

Jun 24, 2011

Emergencies During 405 'Carmageddon' Will Be Covered, Officials Say

North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch

Los Angeles police, fire and transportation officials sought to assure people attending a 405 freeway closure meeting Thursday night that they were fully prepared to protect the public during the 53-hour closure in mid-July.

Jun 22, 2011

New L.A. Budget Is Ushering Cops, Firemen Out the Door

Pajamas Media

What will Los Angeles look like in five years? In ten or twenty? The answers may depend on some crucial decisions to be made at City Hall this month.

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