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May 18, 2010

Supreme Court: 'Sexually dangerous' should stay behind bars

USA Today

The Supreme Court ruled federal prisons can hold sexually dangerous offenders beyond their prison terms.

May 18, 2010

Search on for suspect who stabbed LA firefighter

Associated Press

Police are searching for a suspect who stabbed a firefighter who was responding to a call at a downtown Los Angeles hotel.

May 18, 2010

Prison agency projects costs of 'Chelsea's Law’

San Diego Union-Tribune

Eventually, provisions could mean $54 million in added expenses.

May 18, 2010

SF sheriff seeks to opt out of immigration program

Associated Press

San Francisco's sheriff is seeking to opt out of a federal program that uses the fingerprints of arrestees to check their immigration status.

May 18, 2010

CalPERS raises state contribution by $600 million

Sacramento Bee

A key CalPERS committee today voted to raise the state's annual contribution to the pension fund by $600 million in the upcoming fiscal year. CalPERS' full board will vote on the increase Wednesday.

May 18, 2010

LA council: City's labor unions will determine scope of layoffs

LA Daily News

Having adopted a $6.7 billion budget for next year, Los Angeles City Council members said Tuesday it is up to the city's labor unions to determine the scope of any layoffs and furloughs for municipal workers.

May 18, 2010

Carlsbad Council cuts pension benefits for new firefighters

North County Times

Declaring contract talks were truly at an "impasse," Carlsbad's City Council terminated negotiations Tuesday with the city's Firefighters' Association and voted to impose a contract that contains a two-tiered retirement system with lower benefits for new employees.

May 18, 2010

Santa Monica police officer shot during DUI stop

LA Daily News

A Santa Monica police officer shot by the passenger in a vehicle stopped for a DUI check was expected to survive, and the suspected gunman was also hospitalized after being shot by SWAT officers.

May 18, 2010

Surfer loses lawsuit against LAPD officers

City News Service

A federal jury rejected a Venice surfer's claim that two LAPD officers unnecessarily punched and pepper-sprayed him in 2006, after he refused to follow a lifeguard's orders to leave the water.

May 17, 2010

ACLU sues to stop Arizona's immigration law

LA Times

A class-action suit filed by civil rights groups argues that the measure will lead to racial profiling and violates the Constitution.

May 17, 2010

Supreme Court limits life sentences without parole for young criminals

LA Times

In a 6-3 decision, the court strikes down laws in 37 states, including California, that allow life terms with no chance for parole for a crime that does not involve murder.

May 17, 2010

Council agrees to keep hiring LAPD officers despite budget crisis

LA Times blog

Five hours into a meeting on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s proposed budget Monday, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to preserve the mayor’s plan for hiring enough police officers to replace those who resign or retire.

May 17, 2010

Divided L.A. council votes to eliminate 761 positions while seeking concessions from unions

LA Times

The lawmakers, on an 11-4 vote, eliminate dozens of child-care positions, reduce library hours and scale back the number of trees that will be trimmed.

May 17, 2010

LAPD Officer Kristina Ripatti: A story of courage

KTLA

LAPD Officer Kristina Ripatti was just 'doing her job' when her life was irrevocably altered.

May 16, 2010

California agents use amnesty ruse, fake $200 reward offer to reel in fugitive parolees

Associated Press

Dozens of California parole violators showed up to claim a very attractive offer: $200 and amnesty.

May 15, 2010

Immigration violation tips flood ICE line

San Bernardino Sun

It's been a banner year for a toll-free tip line that citizens can call to report immigration violations.

May 15, 2010

L.A. City Council scrambles to avoid proposed layoffs

LA Times

Council members searching for ways to save jobs suggest fees on ambulance service and dog licenses, more concessions from public employees and other measures.

May 15, 2010

Fallen Officers Honored During Police Week

Fox News

It happens every spring in Washington. Police cruisers from departments around the country show up on downtown streets around the middle of May. It's National Police Week, when thousands of law enforcement officers gather to honor colleagues who died in the line of duty.

May 14, 2010

L.A. police panel fails to disclose findings on use-of-force incidents

LA Times

The outcomes of reviews of at least 240 shootings and other violent encounters with suspects were not revealed, despite a Police Commission promise four years ago to post decisions on the Internet.

May 14, 2010

Governor distorted evidence in parole case

San Francisco Chronicle

A state appeals court said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger distorted the evidence to justify blocking the parole of a San Francisco man who murdered a Mission District security guard in 1993.

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