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Jun 15, 2010

No automatic deportation of immigrants for minor drug offenses, justices rule

Washington Post

Immigrants convicted of minor drug offenses should not face automatic deportation, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday, a decision that could allow thousands of legal immigrants the chance to argue for leniency from immigration judges.

Jun 14, 2010

Murder charge in CHP officer's pursuit death

Associated Press

San Bernardino County prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old man with murdering a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer who collided with a truck while pursuing him.

Jun 14, 2010

State Senate committee kills governor's pension reform bill

Associated Press

A Senate committee has defeated a bill backed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that would have cut California's long-term pension costs by reducing benefits for newly hired state employees.

Jun 14, 2010

Chief prepares to sell DWP assets

LA Times

General Manager Austin Beutner hopes to sell L.A.'s share of a coal-fired generating station in Arizona and is weighing a sale and lease-back deal on the utility's landmark downtown building.

Jun 14, 2010

Calif. bill would target spouses who hire hit men

Associated Press

The story behind the legislation reads like a movie pitch.

Jun 14, 2010

Arizona boycott means bureaucracy for LAPD helicopter officers trying to attend conference

LAist

When the L.A. City Council boycotted Arizona a month ago -- a move to protest the state's immigration law -- a provision in it banned official travel to there unless not going would do more harm than going.

Jun 14, 2010

Concerns raised over proposal to close some L.A. jails

LA Times blog

A Los Angeles City Council committee Monday raised concerns about a Police Department proposal to shutter several of its small, satellite jails in order to staff a new, central facility.

Jun 13, 2010

Benefits embattled across U.S.

Sacramento Bee

California is bracing for a big increase in the cost of supporting its public employee pensions.

Jun 13, 2010

Obama pleads for $50 billion in state, local aid

Washington Post

President Obama urged reluctant lawmakers Saturday to quickly approve nearly $50 billion in emergency aid to state and local governments, saying the money is needed to avoid "massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters" and to support the still-fragile economic recovery.

Jun 12, 2010

Who should control California's prison budget?

LA Times

Judges have been intervening in prison management to mandate reforms, taking control from state corrections officials. Overcrowding is at the center of the case.

Jun 12, 2010

Vallejo bankruptcy tied up in binding arbitration

CalPensions

Police in Vallejo are scheduled to receive a 7 percent pay raise next month, part of a labor contract negotiated after the city declared bankruptcy two years ago.

Jun 12, 2010

The budget crisis won't rain on Lakers' parade

LA Times

If the team wins the NBA Championship, it will pay for a city parade, sparing the controversy that erupted last year over public funds being used for a celebration.

Jun 12, 2010

Budget cuts ordered by L.A. County sheriff hamper fingerprint operation

LA Times

The reduction in overtime expenses for fingerprint specialists has delayed the collection of evidence in crimes such as burglaries by as much as a week or more. Victims are frustrated by the time lag.

Jun 12, 2010

Chief Beck doesn't speak for most L.A. cops on AZ law

Pajamas Media

In criticizing Arizona's new immigration law, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck speaks on behalf of the man who appointed him, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Jun 12, 2010

Renewing the lawn arm of the law

LA Times

L.A.'s new, showcase downtown community green, which turned brown and died within months, appears to be headed for a renewal.

Jun 12, 2010

U.S. attorney to create unit to prosecute public corruption, civil rights cases

LA Times

Andre Birotte Jr., an Obama appointee, says the unit's mission will be 'to bring to justice those public officials and public employees who violate the public's trust.'

Jun 12, 2010

Father of girl killed in pursuit doesn't blame police

LA Times

Kayla Woods, 6, was playing near her Lake View Terrace home when suspects fleeing police struck her, pinning her between their car and a wall. Three men are arrested, the driver charged with murder.

Jun 12, 2010

CHP officer killed during high-speed pursuit in Redlands

LA Times

Officer Tom Coleman died instantly when his motorcycle struck a big-rig. The vehicle he was pursuing left the scene and struck another car before the driver and three passengers were apprehended.

Jun 11, 2010

Controller finds DWP misled the public when it threatened to withhold funds from city

LA Times

Wendy Greuel launched a probe into the agency's accounts after officials refused the mayor's request for $73.5 million. 'The DWP's actions unnecessarily plunged the city into a fiscal crisis,' she said.

Jun 11, 2010

Green oasis in downtown's urban core proves fleeting

LA Times

What was once a lush acre of grass at the new LAPD headquarters withered away within months. Since then, insurers and the city have been arguing over who should fund the replanting.

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