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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.

Early inmate release sparking safe sales

CBS-13, Sacramento

A company is capitalizing on the recent early releases of California prison inmates, running radio ads that advertise their safes as a "solution" to the problem.

Budget crises could shape L.A.'s future

Daily News

MELTDOWN: Officials try to come to grips with size of shortfall.

Calif. law to free inmates early draws protests

Mercury News

A law that took effect last month that was intended to reduce inmate overcrowding by allowing early releases at state prisons and county jails is sowing confusion throughout California.

L.A. Police Union Alarmed By Attempted Rape Suspect Who Got Early Release

LA Weekly

The union representing Los Angeles Police Department officers issued an I-told-ya-so this week as a state inmate who received an early release, apparently under the governor's budget-enhancing parole reform plan, was almost immediately arrested on suspicion of trying to rape his female counselor.

L.A. mayor orders 1,000 jobs eliminated

LA Times

Antonio Villaraigosa acts the day after the City Council had postponed cutting positions. The city is trying to deal with a $212-million budget shortfall.

Inmate released early is arrested in rape attempt

Sacramento Bee "Sacto 9-1-1" blog

One of the inmates the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department released early as part of an effort to reduce the state's prison population was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted rape, less than 24 hours after getting out of jail, The Bee has learned.

New LBPD chief plans 'approachable and transparent' department

Press-Telegram

Long Beach's newest Police Chief Jim McDonnell plans to battle budget concerns while finding new ways to fight gang and other crime.

Official says L.A. faces no additional post-Sept. 11 threat

Daily News

Despite warnings from the nation's top intelligence officials that a domestic terrorist attack is likely within the next six months, Los Angeles faces no greater threat than it has since the Sept. 11 attacks, a top police official said Wednesday.

LAPD's Jim McDonnell named next chief of Long Beach Police Department

LA Times blog

Jim McDonnell, who served for most of the decade as one of former Chief William J. Bratton's top assistants at the Los Angeles Police Department and was among the short list of finalists to be his successor, was named Wednesday as the next chief of the Long Beach Police Department.

Senate Budget Committee slows down speed-camera idea

Sacramento Bee - Capitol Alert blog

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to install cameras that automatically ticket speeding drivers hit a roadblock Wednesday. Several members of the Senate budget committee expressed serious concerns about the idea despite a positive recommendation from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office.

LAPD uses high-tech sleuthing to arrest kidnap suspect

LA Times

A two-year manhunt for a kidnapping and molestation suspect has ended with the arrest of a Hollywood man, thanks to some high-tech sleuthing seemingly out of the TV show "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

Los Angeles might expand red-light camera program

LA Times

The plan would boost revenue, but city officials say it's safety-driven.

Some L.A. Council members resist spending cuts, layoffs

LA Times

A majority of the council's Budget and Finance Committee has refused to sign off on the plan to cut 1,000 jobs, a key component in the plan to plug a $208-million shortfall.

L.A. budget analyst's report shows council's off-budget accounts

LA Times blog

As the Los Angeles City Council debated how to close a budget shortfall that is expected to grow to nearly $484 million next fiscal year, the city’s top budget analyst for the first time identified more than $30 million in accounts controlled by City Council members that are generally kept off the books—reserved for special projects in their districts.

In crisis, city hall talks new tax hikes

Daily News

Council faces 1,500 layoffs if revenues aren't found to offset a more than $200 million deficit.

Budget advisor says putting freeze on LAPD hiring could save city $69.3 million

LA Times blog

With the Los Angeles City Council weighing a plan to eliminate 1,000 government jobs, a top budget adviser said the city could save $69.3 million next year by halting hiring at the Police Department and laying off newly hired police officers.

L.A. County sees big drop in January homicides

LA Times blog

Los Angeles County began 2010 with significantly fewer homicides in the month of January than in recent years, including a 40% drop in the city of Los Angeles, according to a Times analysis of crime data.

Homeless advocates say ease up on enforcement In Skid Row

LA Weekly

Many of the city's top advocates for the homeless recently sent a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asking him to take "reexamine Skid Row" and reconsider how the city deploys police in the Center City East area.

Use of Twitter, Facebook rising among gang members

Washington Post

When a gang member was released from jail soon after his arrest for selling methamphetamine, friends and associates assumed he had cut a deal with authorities and become a police informant. They sent a warning on Twitter that went like this: We have a snitch in our midst.

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