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It's a sad chapter for Los Angeles

Daily News

Library woes one indicator for city's mounting budget problems.

As the city's financial crisis deepens, pressure grows to cut ranks of LAPD

Daily News

Los Angeles' increasingly dire financial health raises serious doubt about the once sacrosanct pledge to keep LAPD's ranks at the current record high of just less than 10,000 officers.

IN DEPTH: Early parole and its effect on the region: Wary of inmate release

Glendale News Press

Police assess implications of early releases on public safety, officer duties.

Sheriff to L.A. cops: Be more … cautious

Pajamas Media

At what cost does this increase of caution come, and who must pay it?

Web-based system lets police, social workers share data on child abuse

LA Times

L.A. County's district attorney calls the implementation a 'giant leap forward' and says the system, designed to prevent cases from falling through the cracks, is the first of its kind in the U.S.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck vows to better protect cyclists

LA Times

He calls bike riders the 'most vulnerable commuters.' Bicycle advocates have been pushing the department to do more to crack down on motorists who don't respect bikers' right to the road.

LAPD Gets Its Own, Supersized Robocop

LA Weekly

It might not have a soul or emotion, but the Los Angeles Police Department's latest toy, a Remotec Inc. "Telehandler," could probably give Robocop a run for his money.

Deputy dies from injuries in OIS shooting; Reedley officer on life support

KMPH Fox-26

Fresno County Sheriff's Deputies are still on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Eastern Fresno County, which killed one officer and injured three others Thursday morning.

Council puts $12M into emergency reserve

Daily News

Los Angeles City Council members voted today to put $12 million of their so-called discretionary funds into the emergency reserve, but it represents only a portion of the money that the mayor has asked them to turn over.

LAPD Lays Off 50 Civilians; 400 Job Openings Can't Be Filled

LA Weekly

The rubber is starting to meet the road as the city works to solve a $212 million budget deficit.

Early Prison Release Programs: Recipe For Political Disaster?

The Crime Report

A backlash over an Oregon law that allows inmates to trim as much as 30 percent from their sentences via expanded “earned-time credits” shows some political pitfalls when policy changes open prison doors earlier, reports Stateline.org.

LAPD Central Division Honors Its Own

blogdowntown.com

The Central City Police Boosters held its annual Police Recognition Day Luncheon and Awards Ceremony today, honoring officers and civilian staff who helped improve public safety in Downtown Los Angeles.

LAPD officer dies in off-duty crash

LA Times blog

An off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer died Thursday evening and three other people were injured in a vehicle collision in Diamond Bar, authorities said.

Calif. gang officers again targeted by booby-trap at task force building, no injuries reported

LA Times

The gang enforcement unit in the desert city of Hemet was on high alert Thursday after a bizarre booby trap sent a bullet whizzing past an officer in what authorities said was the second attack in two months at a building used by the task force.

Los Angeles budget cuts may end some city attorney programs

LA Times

Officials say the upcoming municipal job eliminations may force them to discontinue HALO, a legal services clinic for the homeless, as well as antigang and antitruancy efforts.

Schwarzenegger, Whitman back away from ballot measure to cut pension costs

Sacramento Bee

Despite their full-throated support for cutting public employee pension costs, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the leading GOP candidate to replace him, Meg Whitman, have backed away from supporting a ballot measure that would do just that.

Revenue concerns prompt another L.A. bond-rating downgrade

LA Times

Despite the council's recent efforts, including approval of 4,000 job cuts, Standard & Poor's believes the city is still spending too much. Moody's and Fitch already dropped their L.A. bond ratings.

California prison health care cuts -- a closer look

Sacramento Bee - Capitol Alert blog

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative Democrats are backing an $811 million cut to prison medical costs in 2010-11, contained in a bill the Legislature sent the governor Monday. Democrats have included that cut as part of their $5 billion budget solution.

LA council considers cutting city contracts to save jobs

Daily Breeze

Moved by teary testimony from workers fearing job losses, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday asked staff to look into cutting the value of all city contracts by 10 percent and consider whether municipal employees could do some of that work.

House passes 'Billy's Law' on missing persons

LA Times

A measure named for Janice Smolinski's son, who disappeared in 2004, would help expand the database of missing people and unidentified remains, partly by requiring the FBI to share what it knows.

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