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Aug 25, 2010

State's plans to send prisoners to county jails worry officials

San Diego Union-Tribune

The state’s plans to ship low-risk prisoners to local jails could cost counties revenue and are raising fears that inmates may be released early.

Aug 25, 2010

Cutbacks force police to curtail calls for some crimes

USA Today

Budget cuts are forcing police around the country to stop responding to fraud, burglary and theft calls as officers focus limited resources on violent crime.

Aug 24, 2010

Lawmakers pass measure to limit health insurance rate hikes

LA Times blog

Health insurance firms would be barred from raising rates more than once a year under a measure approved Monday by state lawmakers in response to consumer complaints about rising costs.

Aug 24, 2010

Police, fire feel the pain

Redlands Daily Facts

SAN BERNARDINO - Police officers could take longer to respond to emergency calls and spend less time investigating all but the most serious crimes - a result of new budget cuts that could reverse recent efforts to put more cops on the streets.

Aug 24, 2010

One L.A. employee union agrees to pay more for healthcare; others resist

LA Times blog

Six Los Angeles city employee unions have blocked Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from seeking to impose higher healthcare costs on its members, even as a seventh labor organization agreed to a wide range of concessions.

Aug 24, 2010

Senate approves 'Chelsea's Law' targeting sex offenders

Sacramento Bee blog

The Senate unanimously approved a bill today targeting sex offenders convicted of crimes against minors.

Aug 24, 2010

2011 Dodge Charger: Police in pursuit

The Street

Chrysler will start taking orders next month for its new 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit, a sleek update for the police market that features either Chrysler's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine or the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.

Aug 24, 2010

$5,000 reward in fatal pot dispensary stabbing

Torrance Daily Breeze

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established a $5,000 reward today for information leading to whoever fatally stabbed a 39-year-old man working in a Hollywood marijuana dispensary.

Aug 24, 2010

Local law enforcement officials and firefighters across the country join forces in the fight against terrorism

Emergency Management

In the heart of New York City on a lively Saturday night, an abandoned SUV, its engine running and hazard lights flashing, started to smoke.

Aug 24, 2010

L.A. has rare weekend with no killings

LA Times blog

Los Angeles enjoyed a rare weekend without a homicide last week, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday.

Aug 24, 2010

State defers schools, welfare program payments

San Francisco Chronicle

State leaders on Monday used a recently passed law to delay payment of nearly $3 billion in funds to K-12 public education and a welfare program, a decision that officials acknowledged will exacerbate difficulties for school districts and counties that already have had to lay off workers.

Aug 23, 2010

California's budget woes thwart improvements to prison medicine

KPCC

Today, California spends $1 billion more on medical care for inmates than it did in 2005 when a federal judge found that care so flawed that he seized control of the system and appointed a receiver to improve it.

Aug 23, 2010

CalPERS loan sought by Schwarzenegger likely 'very expensive,' analysts say

Sacramento Bee

For the past year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has warned that CalPERS was heading over a cliff and pawning off its financial problems on future generations.

Aug 23, 2010

Business burglars sought in West LA

Fox-11

Police released surveillance video on Monday in hopes of tracking down two suspects who broke into a West Los Angeles business earlier this month by prying open the front door and removing electronic equipment.

Aug 23, 2010

Facing budget gaps, cities sell parking, airports, zoo

Wall Street Journal

Cities and states across the nation are selling and leasing everything from airports to zoos—a fire sale that could help plug budget holes now but worsen their financial woes over the long run.

Aug 23, 2010

'Grim Sleeper' suspect pleads not guilty

Associated Press

The backyard mechanic accused of being the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer pleaded not guilty Monday to murdering 10 women and trying to kill one more person over the course of two decades.

Aug 23, 2010

Parolee captured after chase into Long Beach

Long Beach Press-Telegram

A parolee led police on a pursuit from Wilmington to Long Beach Sunday evening, then bailed out of the stolen car and eluded capture until this morning.

Aug 23, 2010

LA coroner: Baby skeletons show no obvious trauma

Associated Press

The coroner's office says two babies found wrapped in 1930s newspapers and stuffed in a steamer trunk show no obvious signs of trauma.

Aug 23, 2010

Suspect captured in S.L.A. sexual assault

ABC-7

A suspect believed to have sexually assaulted a woman as she entered her home in South Los Angeles Friday has been arrested.

Aug 23, 2010

Seminar will discuss 17 rights of crime victims

Pasadena Star-News

Justice for Homicide Victims/Justice For Murdered Children presents a clinic for crime victims, featuring presentations by the county District Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Department and the Superior Court system, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 18 at the Sheriff's Department's headquarters, 4700 Ramona Blvd.

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