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PROPOSAL: Police, fire functions could be transferred to cut costs

Daily News

Eyeing annual savings of up to a half-billion dollars, the Los Angeles City Council asked Monday for a report on a proposal to consolidate the city's myriad computer operations in one agency.

McDonnell to be sworn in as LBPD chief March 13


Long Beach's new Chief of Police will be officially sworn in March 13. Jim McDonnell, who is still finishing out his tenure at the Los Angeles Police Department, has been meeting with Long Beach Police officers and civilian staff so that he will be ready to "hit the ground running," following swearing in.

DONE expected to be folded into another agency to save money

Daily News

In the continuing effort to reduce city costs, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to announce plans today to fold the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment into another city agency.

The Mathematics of Clumpy Crime


Even in a sprawling city like Los Angeles, crime still clumps together. Mathematical models of burglars presented here today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which publishes ScienceNOW) show that these so-called crime hot spots form when previous crimes attract more criminals to a neighborhood. By understanding how these blobs form, researchers hope to help police departments break them up.

New push to exempt California's county jails from inmate-release law

LA Times blog

There is a new move in Sacramento to exempt county jails from an early-release law designed to ease overcrowding at state prisons. More than 2,000 inmates have been released from county jails in the last month in response to the law, a Times review has found.

Mayor Villaraigosa calls for pay cuts for all city workers

LA Times

He says the action would reduce the need to cut 4,000 jobs. He also plans to eliminate Environmental Services and Human Services departments and transfer some duties to other agencies.

L.A. City Council orders 3,000 more job cuts

LA Times

To help address the city's budget crisis -- and after the threat of a credit downgrade -- the council tells agencies to act by July 1. The move is on top of 1,000 cuts already in the works.

Felons were among the criminals released early

Orange County Register

While many of the people released early from jail under a new state law were in for misdemeanors, vehicle code violations, and probation violations, there were also some felons and others convicted of serious crimes in the group.

Legislators to consider surcharge to help pay for firefighting, emergency cost


Proposed and rejected several times in recent years, a surcharge on property insurance policies to help pay for state firefighting and emergency services once again is on the table.

Early Jail Releases Blamed for Rise in Auto Theft


The Fresno Police Department said early jail releases are partly to blame for a rise in stolen cars in one Valley neighborhood.

California, other states face problem of growing pension liabilities

LA Times

State governments can help ease a $1-trillion shortfall by reducing future benefits, requiring greater employee contributions and raising retirement ages, a Pew report says.

LAPD Unveils 'Nixle' Alert System


The Los Angeles Police Department unveiled a new communication service Wednesday that can notify the public immediately about everything from evacuations to Amber Alerts via text message or e-mail.

Beck: Crime down in L.A., but it might not last

Daily News

Despite the recession, Los Angeles saw a 10 percent decline in crime at the beginning of this year, but police Chief Charlie Beck warned today that might not last if budget cuts continue to effectively reduce the size of the force.

LAPD moves 350 officers from specialized units to patrol duty in response to budget cuts

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday that cuts to the department's overtime would force him to move 350 officers from specialized units to patrol duty around the city.

What L.A.'s firefighters have already given up

LA Times Opinion

Columnist Tim Rutten implores L.A. firefighters -- and city residents, as a consequence -- to make sacrifices, as if they haven't already accepted deep cuts.

LAPD chief: The thin blue line keeps getting thinner


Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck was sworn in for a five-year term in November, succeeding native New Yorker William Bratton, who retired to take a job in the private sector. As Beck settles into the job, he is sharing his philosophies and views on policing with CNN.

Cuts in programs to help inmates questioned

San Francisco Chronicle

An effort to slash prison costs in California by laying off hundreds of workers who run rehabilitation programs could backfire, resulting in higher recidivism rates and ultimately higher prison costs, critics say.

Former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates battling bladder cancer

LA Times

Former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates, who led the department for more than a decade, has been hospitalized with bladder cancer, sources said Tuesday.

Proposed cuts would end California assistance for most new legal immigrants

LA Times

Gov. Schwarzenegger's budget proposes saving $304 million by eliminating several programs that provide a safety net for elderly, disabled and low-income immigrants who don't yet qualify for federal welfare.

L.A. County selects new chief for troubled Probation Department

LA Times blog

Alameda County's probation chief was named Tuesday to run Los Angeles County's beleaguered Probation Department and is expected to begin April 19.

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