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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.

Brown calls anti-police booby traps in Riverside County 'urban terrorism'

LA Times

Describing it as "urban terrorism," California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown joined with Riverside County officials Thursday in asking the public to help find those who tried at least three times to kill officers assigned to a Hemet-based gang task force.

Vallejo struggles to keep city safe during bankruptcy


It was just about two years ago that the city of Vallejo declared bankruptcy and started hacking away at its public services. Just last month, in the wake of heavy cuts to Vallejo’s police force, a wave of violent crimes gripped the town, leaving cities all over the Bay Area wondering what toll budget cuts can take.

Recent cases show challenge of US terrorists

Associated Press

The growing front in the war on terrorism may be no farther than Main Street. The terror cases that have emerged in the past week have one common characteristic: The suspects are all Americans.

Jerry Brown urges unions to go on the offensive

LA Times

Being drastically outspent by the GOP front-runner for governor, the attorney general calls on labor leaders to join the fray: 'We'll leave [the attacks] to . . . the Democratic Party and others.'

Retired LAPD officer gets medal 40 years later

Thousand Oaks Acorn

Vivid memories of wounded soldiers crying out for help still haunt a hero. Thousand Oaks resident Jim Miller did all he could to rescue those suffering boys begging for deliverance from a muddy grave in Vietnam and get them home. His brave actions more than 40 years ago were recently recognized when he was awarded a Bronze Star medal.

One In Three L.A. Local Television News Broadcasts Lead With Crime

The Crime Report Blog

Crime was the most common subject “by far” of lead stories of Los Angeles television stations on 14 random days studied last summer, says a new report from the Norman Lear Center of the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.

State corrections panel, facing scrutiny, set to launch inquiry

San Diego Union-Tribune

Two San Diego County lawmakers are questioning whether Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has picked the right vehicle for reform in asking for an investigation into how parole agents handled the 2000 molestation case of John Albert Gardner III, now charged in the death of Chelsea King.

California's prison population falls for the third straight year

LA Times

California's prison population declined in 2009 for the third straight year as the number of state prisoners fell nationally for the first time in nearly four decades, according to a new survey from the Pew Center on the States.

Calif prison receiver seeks release of ill inmates

Sacramento Bee

The federal receiver who runs California's prison health care system said Tuesday he will ask state lawmakers to approve four bills to control spiraling costs - including proposals to restrict prisons' use of prescription drugs and outside medical specialists and to parole the sickest and costliest inmates.

LAPD's Kristina Ripatti-Pearce goes the extra 3,000 miles for kids

LA Daily News

Every mile Kristina Ripatti-Pearce leaves behind keeps a gun out of a child's hands. Every city and town she passes gives another good kid a chance to earn a diploma.

L.A. court officials to send out layoff notices this week for more than 320 employees

LA Times

More than a dozen Los Angeles courtrooms will be shuttered when layoffs for court personnel commence next month, officials said Monday.

Calif. pension fund seeks to boost its influence

Associated Press

The board of California's giant public pension fund voted Monday to remove the limit on the number of shareholder proposals it can issue to companies in its portfolio.

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