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Cash-Poor Cities Take On Unions

Wall Street Journal

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa once organized for a teacher's union here, and later ran a branch of the American Federation of Government Employees. That makes him an unlikely advocate for cutting the benefits of the city's workers.

LA_Council-DWP fight over electricity rate hike

LA Times

In a rebuff to lawmakers, the utilities board OKs a higher increase, which is then vetoed 13 to 0 by council members. The standoff effectively kills the possibility of higher rates for the next three months.

wash governor signs police benefits laws in wake of fatal shootings

PoliceOne

Laws aimed at protecting police officers and their families.

Calif. freeing some violent inmates

Associated Press

Inmates convicted of violent crimes are among those being freed early from California jails to save money, despite lawmakers' promises that they would exclude most dangerous prisoners and sex offenders.

Immigration activists denounce quota memo

LA Times

They call for the ouster of the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement after a top department official lamented that the pace of deportations was falling behind a goal of 400,000 annually.

Can bankruptcy save California’s cities from staggering pension obligations?

City Journal

As California cities and counties struggle to fulfill the generous pay and pension commitments that they made to public employees during flush economic times, some politicians have taken comfort in a usually forbidding word: bankruptcy.

Speeding 'cushion' may dwindle due to recession

USA Today

The recession may be claiming a new victim: the 5-10-mph "cushion" police and state troopers across the USA have routinely given motorists exceeding the speed limit.

L.A. County among the nation's leaders in executing prisoners

LA Daily News

Los Angeles County leads most of the nation in death row justice, trumping even Texas in the number of inmates sentenced to capital punishment last year, according to an ACLU report released Tuesday.

L.A. city employees make impassioned pleas against layoffs

LA Times

Council members face a stream of workers addressing them in chambers and cornering them in hallways, and children sending in drawings on behalf of a favorite librarian. But not all jobs can be saved.

Terrorism, Internet bomb recipes drive FBI to show law enforcement nationwide how to spot IEDs

AP

If police officers find grainy white powder at a makeshift lab and assume they've made a drug bust, they could be making an explosive mistake.

CalPERS investigated by feds over possible pay-to-play payments

California Independent Voter Network

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether illegal payments were made to employees at California public pension fund giant CalPERS and others to influence where they invested money. This is part of several nationwide probes into many public pension funds.

L.A. council votes to increase DWP rates

LA Times

The rise is less than Mayor Villaraigosa sought, but customers will still pay 4.5% more. The agency's board must sign off first.

One Year After the Oakland Police Murders

Police Magazine

After retiring from the Cleveland Police Department and Cleveland SWAT, I moved to the San Francisco area. So on Saturday March 21, 2009, I was watching local TV when the reports of the Oakland police murders started coming in. "Two OPD Motor Officers Shot and Critically Wounded, Massive Manhunt Underway," was the breaking news story.

Two deported sex offenders, one from L.A., arrested near Calexico

LA times blog

Two deported sex offenders, including one with an outstanding criminal warrant in Los Angeles, were arrested by border agents in separate incidents in Imperial County, authorities said Tuesday.

Recent killings in L.A. nearly erase gains in city's homicide rate

LA Times blog

A recent series of killings in Los Angeles has nearly erased impressive gains made this year on the city’s homicide rate, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday.

A happy ending to a marathon nightmare

LA Times blog

Running the recent Los Angeles Marathon was a triumph for thousands of people who made it through 26.2 miles of city streets. But for one runner, Jay Yim, the day didn't exactly go as planned.

California lawmakers are the highest paid in the nation, survey finds

LA Times

California state lawmakers remain the highest paid in the nation by far, according to a survey by a state panel that is considering a 10% reduction in their salary.

Victims group opposes shortening of prison terms

San Diego Union-Tribune

Lawmakers and advocates for crime victims joined together Monday to file a lawsuit in San Diego challenging a new law that permits the state to set free up to 6,500 prison inmates this year before their original sentences are completed.

Law Enforcement Unites Behind Nayiri Nahabedian

Asbarez Armenian News

The Los Angeles Police Protective League and the Peace Officers Research Association of California announced today that they have endorsed Nayiri Nahabedian for State Assembly for the 43rd Assembly. The two organizations account for over 70,000 law enforcement officials and each are among the largest police organizations in the country.

FBI arrests 9 in extremist group allegedly plotting to kill officers

LA Times

The anti-government Christian militia Hutaree planned to kill a police officer, possibly at a traffic stop, and then attack the funeral procession to kill more officers, according to an indictment.

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