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Mayor vows to close city offices amid budget crisis

LA Daily News

Escalating his dispute with the City Council, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday he is preparing to shut down large parts of city government for two days a week starting Monday because of the city's budget crisis.

Body of LAPD Officer Killed in Afghanistan Blast Returns Home

KTLA

Sgt. Maj. Robert Cottle died alongside a fellow Southern California Marine, Lance Cpl. Rick J. Centanni.

Victims of Valley Village restaurant shooting were targeted, police say

LA Times

The owner of the Mediterranean eatery says the six Armenian victims were the last of a group of 30 to 40 who had rented the restaurant after a funeral. Four died and two are in critical condition.

East Bay braces for influx of released prisoners

Contra Costa Times

Bracing for an influx of newly released prisoners, East Bay leaders are working with social services groups to prevent the former inmates from returning to lives of crime.

Putting More LAPD Cops On The Streets Pays Dividends, Study States

LA Weekly

​As budget-triggered reductions of Los Angeles Police Department cops affect the city for the first time since 2005, the union representing LAPD officers is touting a Rand study that concludes adding more badges to the force is well worth the cost.

Prisoner release is backfiring

Long Beach Press-Telegram

As evidence that the state simply has lost the ability to govern effectively, the early release program for prison inmates already is off track.

Probe of restaurant shooting that killed 4 stymied by conflicting accounts, LAPD sources say

LA Times blog

LAPD detectives were struggling with conflicting accounts and an undetermined motive in the killing of four people over the weekend at a Valley Village restaurant.

L.A. financial crisis causes Wall Street firm to reassess utility's bond rating

LA Times blog

One of the nation’s top bond rating agencies Monday announced it would reassess its bond rating of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, a move that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa blamed on the City Council's failure to approve electricity rate hikes last week.

LAPD vet killed in Afghanistan returns to Calif

San Jose Mercury News

The body of a Los Angeles policeman who was killed while serving in Afghanistan has been returned to California. Hundreds of Marines and police officers were on hand Monday as the flag-draped coffin of 45-year-old Robert J. Cottle was flown into the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base in Orange County.

Why traffic tickets can cost hundreds of dollars

San Jose Mercury News

When Sgt. Eddie Chan makes traffic stops, the San Jose officer makes it a point never to tell drivers how much their ticket will cost. He's afraid they'll go ballistic.

Deputies vs. LAPD in a "Fight for Life" in Montebello

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Guns, beers, fisticuffs and police, on any other day this combination is almost sure to result in criminal charges, but the elements came together to take-on cancer in the City of Hope's "Fight for Life."

Mayor learns DWP can ruin a career

LA Daily News

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, of all people, should have known better.

Sacramento County pensions examined

Sacramento Bee

As Sacramento County continues to negotiate for contract concessions from its employee unions to save money next fiscal year, officials are looking ahead to changes in the county's pension system that could save significant money in the future.

california bill boosts fines for illegal cell phone use

AP

Cell phones are causing fewer accidents since California outlawed the use of handheld devices behind the wheel, but the senator behind the law says too many people are still driving distracted.

Despite dire budget warnings, Los Angeles' payroll continued to grow

LA Times

The mayor and City Council continued to expand L.A.'s workforce and awarded generous union contracts as they were being warned of the looming recession and the need for cutbacks.

Valley getting more cops on the streets

LA Daily News

Nearly 50 additional officers deployed to area in response to surge in crime.

DWP-city feud could increase L.A. budget deficit

LA Times

The utility may withhold $73 million from the general fund unless the City Council backs the larger rate hikes that are being sought by the mayor's appointees.

LAPD Chief Offers Reassurance to Community

USC News

The Los Angeles chief of police took the podium at the Galen Center, continuing a conversation he started with the University Park and Exposition Park neighborhoods more than 30 years ago as an officer working his beat.

Defined contribution plans create retirement insecurity

LA Daily News

A major looming problem for Americans is the accidental retirement plan - known to most people as the 401(k) - which began as a tax loophole to shelter the income of executives.

Violence on the Rise in LA, NY

New American Media

Twenty-two killings in just 13 days have put the LAPD on alert and brought a surprising end to the low crime trend of recent years, reports La Opinión.

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