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Apr 26, 2010

Unions get head start in taking on Meg Whitman

LA Times blog

Labor unions have long accounted for the Democratic Party's ground troops in political campaigns.

Apr 26, 2010

In Lean Times, Police Cuts Spark Debate Over Safety

Wall Street Journal

It has become a recession mantra: Do more with less.

Apr 26, 2010

Scandals drive Democratic pension reforms

CalPensions

As if their rising cost to state and local governments weren’t trouble enough, public pensions also face legislation cracking down on pension boosting, improperly influenced investments and real estate schemes that displace the poor.

Apr 26, 2010

Supreme Court to review California's violent video game ban

Orange County Register

The U.S. Supreme Court will review California’s law that sought to ban the sale and rental of “excessively violent” video games to children.

Apr 26, 2010

LAPD officials want FBI requirement removed to cut backlog of rape kits

LA Daily News

The LAPD has slashed its backlog of untested rape kits from 6,132 to 648, but says it could expedite the process further if the FBI lifts a regulation requiring the verification of tests conducted by private labs.

Apr 26, 2010

Hundreds attend public visitation for ex-LAPD Chief Daryl Gates

LA Times

A ceremony at police headquarters downtown draws hundreds to pay their respects. The controversial police chief, who presided during a time of dramatic changes in the city, died this month at 83.

Apr 25, 2010

Advocates seek ways to protect homeless from crime

Washington Post

Sobs overcome Susanne McGraham-Paisley when she thinks about her mentally ill brother who lived for years on a city sidewalk - John McGraham died when a man doused him with gasoline and set him ablaze.

Apr 25, 2010

California's execution delays slammed

Associated Press

Chelsea King's parents reluctantly agreed to a sentence of life in prison for their daughter's rapist and killer, calling the death penalty in California "a hollow promise."

Apr 24, 2010

LA's budget cuts threaten the survival of residents' organizations

LA Daily News

The city's grand experiment in neighborhood activism is about to take a big hit this year, and some advocates are worried if its spirit will survive.

Apr 23, 2010

Whitman calls for major changes in California worker pensions

LA Times

The Republican advocates raising the retirement age from 50 to 55 for public safety employees and from 55 to 65 for non-safety state workers. She takes a jab at Jerry Brown for the pension crisis.

Apr 23, 2010

Public employee pensions under pressure

LA Times

State and local leaders see the growing cost as a threat to California's fiscal well-being. Efforts to reduce benefits are setting up a collision course with public employee unions.

Apr 23, 2010

Arizona's immigration law may spur a showdown

LA Times

Gov. Jan Brewer signs a bill that opponents say encourages racial profiling. President Obama calls the measure 'misguided.' A federal review is underway.

Apr 23, 2010

Villaraigosa reappoints Mack to police commission

KPCC Public Radio

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced today he is reappointing John Mack to a second term on the Police Commission.

Apr 23, 2010

Deaths lead police to question high-speed chase policies

USA Today

Innocent bystanders account for one-third of those who are killed in high-speed police chases, a USA TODAY review has found.

Apr 23, 2010

Police use truancy sweep in battle against San Pedro burglaries

Torrance Daily Breeze

Taking aim at possible culprits in San Pedro's recent rise in burglaries, police on Friday targeted teenagers wandering the community's streets instead of attending school.

Apr 22, 2010

Ariz. immigration bill may have broad implications

San Diego Union Tribune

Carrying proof of status would be a requirement.

Apr 22, 2010

Suspected gunman in Valley massacre captured

LA Times

The fugitive wanted in the slaying of four at a Valley Village restaurant is caught, along with his brother, near Seattle.

Apr 22, 2010

Bill to limit public disclosure of crime victims dies in Sacramento - for now

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

An Assembly bill that would have allowed local police agencies to withhold information about the victims of crimes was defeated in committee Thursday.

Apr 22, 2010

Court denies dismissal appeal by Polanski victim

Associated Press

An appeals court on Thursday denied a petition by Roman Polanski's victim to dismiss the three-decade-old sex case against the director.

Apr 21, 2010

California public employee unions won't face ballot fights

Sacramento Bee

Public employee unions have dodged a bullet this election year.

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