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California, in financial crisis, opens prison doors

NY Times

The California budget crisis has forced the state to address a problem that expert panels and judges have wrangled over for decades: how to reduce prison overcrowding.

Steamed at Villaraigosa, L.A. City Council to review his electric rate hikes

LA Times

The council votes unanimously to assert jurisdiction over the DWP's decision to approve a rate increase as members react angrily to the mayor's warning that bankruptcy looms without increases.

2010 Census: Get Counted!

By now you have probably received the 2010 U.S. Census forms in the mail. The census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years. Participation is mandatory.

Former owner of LA-area pot dispensaries sentenced to six years in federal prison

LA Times Blog

The former owner of half a dozen L.A.-area medical marijuana dispensaries was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison for conspiring to sell the drug, officials said.

En banc panel affirms sleeping felon's firearm possession conviction

Metropolitan News-Enterprise

An en banc panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld the felon-in-possession-of-firearms conviction of a man Los Angeles Police Department officers found asleep on a couch in an abandoned apartment with a gun on his lap and another leaning against his leg.

LAPD unveils new training system

Long Beach Press-Telegram

The Los Angeles Police Department unveiled a new training system Monday aimed at helping commanders make the best decisions during emergencies.

Paralyzed ex-LAPD officer to race for charity


Former LAPD officer Kristina Ripatti-Pearce is preparing to travel 3,000 miles across country in the charity event, Race Across America.

LA council grants contract extension to red-light camera operator

Daily Breeze

Despite persistent concerns over its performance, the company that operates Los Angeles' red-light camera program won preliminary approval Monday for a three-month contract extension.

Panel suggests changes to Police Academy

LA Daily News

Welcome to the University of Police Academy 2010. A City Council panel ordered the LAPD on Monday to study the creation of a program at the Police Academy that other agencies could use as a way to generate revenue.

Ventura OKs 2-tier system for pensions

Ventura County Star

In an effort to corral mounting pension costs for employees, Ventura on Monday became the first city in Ventura County to call for a two-tiered pension system that would scale back benefits to future retirees.

Sit-lie laws put spotlight on safety

USA Today

Residents, merchants, police and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom say what was once a flower-power scene on bohemian streets now displays an ugly, even violent side. They are calling for an ordinance to make it easier for police to clear sidewalks of what they say are aggressive panhandlers and the open use of drugs.

Crime Stoppers tip line casting wider net

LA Daily News

Ten years ago, Luisa Prudhomme watched as the man whom she believed to be her son's murderer drove away from the police station in a pickup truck.

Police fatally shoot unarmed man in Koreatown

LA Times

Steven Eugene Washington, 27, didn't respond to commands and seemed to reach for a weapon, officers say. Relatives say he had learning disabilities and was generally afraid of strangers.

Democrats vie for union endorsements

LA Times

Democratic candidates for statewide office vied for a key labor endorsement Saturday, trying to outdo one another in their criticism of state employee furloughs and other budget cuts that have affected union workers.

L.A. leaders reject pay cuts for themselves

LA Daily News

Even as city leaders call on employees to take pay cuts or face layoffs, seven City Council members and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich have declined to lower their own salaries.

Tight for cash, governments raise traffic fees

The Washington Post

Shomari Jennings was willing to pay the $70 ticket he received for driving without a seatbelt, but not the slew of tacked-on fees and penalties that ballooned the cost more than tenfold.

Police escort fewer funeral processions

USA Today

When the police department in Gulfport, Miss., recently ended long funeral processions by limiting them to five vehicles, the news was not well-received by some residents, who saw it as killing a cherished tradition.

In wake of Garrido arrest, California tightens monitoring of sex offenders

Sacramento Bee

California corrections officials have increased scrutiny of paroled sex offenders, a move that follows years of failures in how Phillip Garrido, now accused in the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard, was monitored.

Bipartisan immigration reform framework announced

LA Times Blog

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) have laid out the framework for a comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform bill that would include tougher border enforcement, creation of biometric Social Security cards and a path to legalization for the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.

UC could oversee prison health

LA Times

The Schwarzenegger administration wants to put the University of California in charge of state prison inmates' medical needs in an overhaul of the troubled corrections healthcare system that could save $12 billion over a decade, officials say.

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