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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

KALW News

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.

Germs left behind when a crook touches something could be a clue, even without fingerprints

LA Times

Warning to criminals: Rubbing out your fingerprints may no longer be enough. Your germs could still give you away.

New Orleans shooting cover-up: The worst type of police corruption

Pajamas Media

It has been nearly five years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city of New Orleans. In that time, neighborhoods have been rebuilt, businesses reopened, and, perhaps most importantly, civic spirit reawakened. And, in what some believe was the very hand of Providence at work, even the once lowly Saints won the Super Bowl just in time for Mardi Gras.

Traffic fatalities continue to decline

LA Times

The number of traffic fatalities on California highways continues to decrease, mirroring a national trend attributed in part to stepped-up traffic enforcement, anti-drunk driving campaigns and even the lackluster economy, officials say.

Sherman Oaks attorney nominated to L.A. Police Commission

LA Daily News

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday nominated Sherman Oaks resident Richard Drooyan, an attorney with a long history of police reform, to the Los Angeles Police Commission.

State unable to gauge effectiveness of prison rehab

California Watch Blog

Last January, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation unveiled an overhaul of parole and rehabilitation programs to satisfy a court order to drastically reduce the inmate population.

Cutting to the core

LA Times Editorial

Faced with a budget crisis, Los Angeles must decide: What kind of city do we want to be?

Jim McDonnell sworn in as Long Beach police chief

Long Beach Press-Telegram

The city celebrated the swearing-in of its new police chief Saturday, a chief who vowed to honor old traditions while looking for new ways to make a great police force even better.

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