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Mayor says L.A. 'can no longer afford' current level of service

Daily News

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took his budget-balancing campaign to a Silver Lake library on Tuesday, warning that the city is going to have to make cuts that will affect the quality of life for Angelenos.

Early release of Sacramento County inmates to resume

Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is planning to resume early releases of 80 to 100 jail inmates as soon as Wednesday in response to yet another order from a Sacramento judge over the state's new parole reform law.

Deputy union sues to stop early inmate release

Orange County Register

The union that represents sheriff's deputies filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop the early release of inmates from Orange County jails, the second lawsuit in the state aimed at stopping local releases under a new law.

State attorney general wades into controversy over early release of local jail inmates

LA Times blog

California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown on Tuesday waded into the controversy over a new law that aims to reduce the state prison population by saying it applies to county jail inmates but should not be read as requiring immediate, large-scale reductions of their jail populations.

California prepares to release thousands more prisoners

Sacramento Bee

The fury unleashed in Sacramento over the early releases of a couple hundred inmates has set the stage for a more massive but less detectable state prisoner population shift about to unfold.

L.A. budget crisis threatens jobs, credit rating


Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States, is confronting a mounting budget deficit that threatens to force thousands of job cuts, deplete its fiscal reserve and further damage its credit rating.

Los Angeles City Hall budget fight escalates

LA Times

Dispute between Mayor Villaraigosa and council over spending erupts into the open.

More than 1,500 California jail inmates are released early

LA Times

Authorities act in response to a state law aimed at cutting the prison population. But a Sacramento County judge orders that county to halt releases, ruling the law does not apply to county jails.

Court rules strip searches of inmates constitutional

LA Times

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says searches are needed to prevent the smuggling of contraband into detention centers. The decision replaces a smaller panel's more critical ruling in 2008.

Council called out for its use of money

Daily News

REQUEST: Controller says members should surrender special funds to help ease city's budget crisis.

Ninth Circuit upholds firearms ban for convicted felons


A federal appeals court upheld a ban on convicted felons possessing firearms on Monday, saying it's consistent with the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Why Violent Criminals Are Getting Out of Prison Early


Hard-core gang member Howard Astorga is a parolee who had three prior felony convictions but was classified as low-level, non-violent criminal offender based on his commitment offense of Possession of Control Substance. If Astorga was still in state prison today, he would be among the thousands of inmates to be freed under the early release program and assigned to the new non-revocable parole status. In fact, Astorga is on his way back to prison after being found guilty Monday of the shooting death of four-year-old Roberto Lopez Jr. which occurred in the Echo Park area.

LA City Council Members: Livin' Large?


The Los Angeles City Council is wrestling with a budget deficit that's more than $200 million now and expected to more than triple in the next two years. As they look at laying off workers, cutting back hours at libraries, and even selling off parks and other city assets, a good deal of loathing is being directed at the Council members themselves.

New report says illegal immigration population plummeted last year

Mercury News

The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States dropped by 1 million people in two years, according to new estimates by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Man on probation in assault case is charged with randomly attacking three people

LA Times blog

A 36-year-old man was charged Tuesday with allegedly attacking three people at random near downtown Los Angeles and slicing one's man ring finger off just two days after he was placed on probation for another assault.

L.A. mayor visits City Council to urge quick action on budget

LA Times

Antonio Villaraigosa was cordial but adamant about the city's urgent need for layoffs, department cutbacks and privatization plans. Any delay could force the city into a 'financial tailspin,' he said.

Council set to work on restructuring how city functions

Daily News

The Los Angeles City Council is expected today to enter the next phase of reorganizing how city government works as it copes with a more than $200 million shortfall over the next four months and deal with a $400 million deficit next year.

Credit rating agencies voice concern about L.A.'s budget crisis

LA Times blog

Representatives from two credit rating agencies expressed concern Monday about Los Angeles' precarious financial position and the City Council’s indecision on budget cuts last week.

Federal court action calls on LAPD gang and narcotics officers to disclose finances

LA Times blog

Officials for the union representing Los Angeles police officers said Monday they are considering their legal options after a federal judge upheld a key provision of the federal consent decree that requires financial disclosures by gang and narcotics officers.

Crunch time for L.A.'s budget

LA Times Editorial

City leaders must act decisively to close a shortfall. But they also need a strategic plan for the future.

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