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ICE officials set quotas to deport more illegal immigrants

Washington Post

Seeking to reverse a steep drop in deportations, U.S. immigration authorities have set controversial new quotas for agents.

Bomb claims lives of 2 O.C. Marines

Orange County Register

One of the Marines was a 19-year-old kid who could barely wait to graduate from Esperanza High School to join the military and eventually become a cop – just like his father. The other was a seven-year active-duty veteran and high-ranking SWAT officer for the Los Angeles Police Department who was married to a naval officer and had a 9-month-old daughter.

Mayor Bloomberg blames spike in murders in 2010 on budget cuts that puts fewer cops on NYC streets

New York Daily News

Turns out you can't do more with less. Mayor Bloomberg admitted Friday the surprise uptick in murders could be linked to budget cuts that left fewer cops on city streets.

DWP plans 37% rate hike over four years to cover cost increases

LA Times

The L.A. utility's managers unveiled the plan as the council's Energy and Environment Committee debated the mayor's proposal to boost rates to pay for renewable energy.

Southern California counties rebounding from population declines

LA Times

All six counties in the region showed moderate population growth from 2008 to 2009, new census data show. Southern California's population grew at a higher rate than the state's population as a whole.

Business leaders decry plan to raise DWP rates

LA Times

Villaraigosa's proposed hikes of up to 22% for firms, which in part would further his renewable energy goals, stun the leaders, who had been delighted with his recent promise to focus on the economy.

Hemet truck-torchings believed to be connected to earlier attacks on police

LA Times

Four code-enforcement trucks were torched in the Hemet City Hall parking lot Tuesday, in a brazen attack that police believe is part of a shadowy but relentless campaign of violence against them.

LAPD officer killed in Afghanistan roadside bomb attack

LA Times

A member of the Los Angeles Police Department's elite SWAT unit, who also served as a U.S. Marine, was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb, LAPD officials said.

Robert Cottle, LAPD officer killed in Afghanistan

LA Observed

Robert J. Cottle, a member of the LAPD's SWAT unit, is the first active Los Angeles police officer to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Cottle, 45, was a Sergeant Major with a United States Marine Corps Reserve battalion from Camp Pendleton.

LAPD officer killed in Afghanistan


Two Marines from California, including a Los Angeles SWAT team officer who was on active duty, were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, officials said Thursday.

Hemet's shadow war

LA Times

Police believe a gang is targeting officers with potentially deadly booby traps, vandalism and harassment.

Judges reinstate some Proposition 9 parole rules

LA Times blog

A federal appeals court Thursday upheld strict parole revocation rules approved by California voters in 2008, overturning a federal judge’s decision against Proposition 9.

Measure to legalize marijuana will be on California's November ballot

LA Times

Supporters of the initiative collected well more than the 433,971 signatures needed for it to go before voters in the fall, again putting the state at the forefront of the nation's drug debate.

Calif. parole policy slammed after records dumped


California lawmakers Wednesday criticized a corrections department policy of destroying parole agents' field notes a year after ex-convicts were released from supervision.

Amid budget crisis, California makes parole easier


California's budget crisis and overcrowded prisons have led to a new reality for thousands of convicted felons: Parole is getting a lot easier — no more random drug tests, travel rules or requirements to check in with an officer.

Tough bill advances in Arizona on illegal immigrants

NY Times

The Arizona Legislature gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a proposal that would allow the police to arrest illegal immigrants on trespassing charges simply for being in the state.

L.A. County jails releasing some inmates early


Los Angeles County is so broke that the sheriff is cutting costs by releasing hundreds of inmates from county jails early. Over the past three months, more than 350 inmates from the nation's largest county jail have been handed what amounts to a get-out-of-jail-free card.

California finds that prison costs aren't so easy to cut

San Jose Mercury News

The billions of dollars that California pours into its troubled prisons — a number fattened by court-ordered medical spending and sky-high personnel costs — have become an increasingly attractive target for leaders desperate to trim the state's $20 billion deficit.

Multi-pronged review of troubled Probation Department ordered

LA Times

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors orders the agency's interim chief, the county CEO, the auditor-controller and the Office of Education to report on procedures, problems and possible solutions.

LAPD says it trains officers how to deal with autistic people

KPCC | Southern California Public Radio

Los Angeles Police officials say they began providing training on how to deal with people with autism long before two officers shot and killed an autistic man over the weekend.

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