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Aug 3, 2010

Divided L.A. council votes to outsource fire department ambulance billings over union objections

LA Times blog

Despite strenuous objections from one of its employee unions, a divided Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to hire a private company to handle billing for the fire department’s ambulance services.

Aug 3, 2010

L.A. pensions may consume a third of city's general fund by 2015

LA Times

City administrative officer reports that benefits for retired police, firefighters, DWP workers and other city employees could grow by $800 million in the next five years.

Aug 3, 2010

California tests new procedures for parole agents

Associated Press

California parole officials, stung by recent high-profile failures in the system, said Tuesday they are beginning to test more intensive monitoring of parolees in four counties as the first step in a five-year plan to improve supervision of high-risk offenders.

Aug 3, 2010

States rethink illegal immigrant bills after Arizona ruling

USA Today

Legislators who wanted to bring an Arizona-style immigration law to their own states are changing course after a federal judge temporarily halted the core of Arizona's law.

Aug 3, 2010

Cell phones smuggled into prisons a growing problem

Sacramento Bee

Contraband smuggled into prisons has been a headache for jailers since the days of baking files into cakes.

Aug 3, 2010

Failed parole policy threatens lives, neighborhoods

City Watch

The proven flawed and failed policies of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) nearly cost two Los Angeles police officers their lives.

Aug 2, 2010

Controller Wendy Greuel to publish city salaries online

LA Daily News

Following the controversy over the exorbitant salaries paid to Bell city officials, Controller Wendy Greuel said Monday she is working to post Los Angeles city employee salaries on the Internet.

Aug 2, 2010

California lawmakers to take up Chelsea's Law

San Francisco Chronicle

Few political issues are as difficult to tackle as laws dealing with California's ever-growing number of convicted sex offenders.

Aug 2, 2010

State's new execution plan is challenged in court

LA Times

Death row inmate's lawsuit alleges that California corrections officials rushed through the reform process, and that the procedure they sent forward is likely to cause pain.

Aug 2, 2010

Police crack down on Echo Park Lake swap meet vendors

LA Weekly blog

LAPD officers swept through Echo Park Lake yesterday issuing warnings and citations to vendors who refused to leave the sprawling unregulated flea market, according to the Eastsider LA.

Aug 2, 2010

Police, Valley communities come together for National Night Out

LA Daily News

San Fernando Valley residents will get a chance to meet police officers from their local stations tonight as part of the 27th annual National Night Out.

Aug 2, 2010

Pomona City Council decides against disbanding Police Department

LA Times blog

The Pomona City Council quashed talk Monday night of disbanding its nearly century-old police force, officials said.

Aug 1, 2010

Taking over a police department is no easy task

LA Times

As L.A. County sheriff's deputies sort through cases left behind by the disbanded Maywood police force, some confusion and investigative gaps inevitably arise. The scenario is growing more common.

Jul 31, 2010

Chicago: Where criminals no longer fear the police

Pajamas Media

It’s a shame that the public has to be reminded of this from time to time, but any cop can testify to this inescapable fact of police work: Where there is no punishment for criminal behavior, crime will flourish.

Jul 30, 2010

National Night Out Offers Chance to Get to Know Your LAPD Officers

Blog Downtown

Central Area's National Night Out continues its tour of Downtown neighborhoods on Tuesday, August 3, with a Chinatown event offering live jazz, food, boxing, karate, a carnival, an "Iron Chef" competition and a police-guided bicycle tour.

Jul 30, 2010

Shooting puts parole law at center of early-release debate

California Watch

A computer algorithm determined that Javier Joseph Rueda would go on nonrevocable probation in January and live unsupervised without risk of incarceration again unless police arrested him for a new crime.

Jul 30, 2010

Police impersonator still on the loose

ABC-7

The Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division is asking the public for help tracking down a man who flashed a badge pretending to be a plainclothes cop, and then robbed his victims.

Jul 30, 2010

San Bernardino police union accepts concessions deal

San Bernardino Sun

Police union members have agreed to a concessions deal that will initiate a two-tiered retirement system and continue the givebacks that police officers agreed to last year.

Jul 30, 2010

Layoffs to gut East St. Louis police force

stltoday.com

The Rev. Joseph Tracy said he’s tired of going to funerals. And now, he suspects he’ll be going to more of them.

Jul 29, 2010

Aspiring police officers train, compete at event

Associated Press

Shoot or don't shoot? Eighteen-year-old William Bryant takes a deep breath and gulps before he aims his pistol and shoots a passenger in a van who appears to be reaching for a weapon.

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