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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.

Sacramento sheriff releasing as many as 500 inmates

Sacramento Bee "Sacto 9-1-1" blog

Starting Monday night, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department began releasing hundreds of inmates held in the county jails.

L.A. councilman considers police, firefighter layoffs

LA Times

Bernard Parks has asked the city's top budget analyst to outline a layoff plan that includes public safety agencies, which have been largely shielded from earlier budget cuts.

California Supreme Court upholds state enforcement of sex offender ban

Mercury News

Voter-approved limits on where sex offenders can live may be enforced on parolees who committed their sex crimes long before Jessica's Law passed, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday.

What Obama's budget plan may mean for California

LA Times

More than $1 billion would go to the state for Medicaid and to help jail illegal immigrants.

CHP union exec: lower pensions for new hires?

Calpensions blog

The chief executive of the trendsetting California Highway Patrol union told a CalPERS forum last week that he is thinking about negotiating lower pension benefits for new hires, a move to protect them from a greater rollback by a future initiative.

Beck wants cameras in LAPD patrol cars ASAP

Daily News

Nearly two decades after the Rodney King beating prompted demands for heightened monitoring of LAPD officers, city officials were told Monday of a renewed effort to get video cameras installed patrol cars.

Budget forces cops to shed cell phones

San Diego Union-Tribune

Add cell phones to the list of cutbacks at the San Diego Police Department. About 200 officers have been asked to turn in their department-issued cell phones and PDAs to reduce the agency’s $800,000-a-year cell phone bill by nearly $300,000.

Bellville woman relieved Onion Field killer stays behind bars

Marionstar.com

Lori Campbell hopes this parole decision is the last time anyone will consider releasing her father's murderer.

State cuts hurt programs that educate inmates

Modesto Bee

Staggering under historic budget problems, state leaders are slashing $1.2 billion in yearly prison spending, including two-thirds of inmate education, vocation and substance abuse programs, the very things most likely to turn ex-cons away from crime when they get out.

Cash-strapped San Diego set to sell police horses and tack

LA Times blog

The police horses that have patrolled San Diego's Balboa Park are being sold at an online auction. The Police Department has ended its horse unit, which was organized in 1983, as a money-saving measure. The officers have been transferred to other duties, and their mounts and the tack are being sold.

Grim choices for cash-strapped L.A.

Daily News

Los Angeles will need to lay off at least 1,000 employees, shut down three departments and make other changes if it is going to survive this year, the city's top analyst said Friday.

Details on L.A. budget cuts expected Friday

Daily News

CITY HALL: Report will recommend areas to be targeted for layoffs.

L.A. criminal’s bogus video fools local Fox affiliate

Pajamas Media

It was a shabby little bit of journalism, and it came back to bite them.

Illegal-immigrant inmates no longer allowed in work program

Capitol Alert blog - Sacramento Bee

A board that oversees vocational training and work programs at California prisons has voted to discontinue allowing undocumented immigrant inmates set for deportation to participate in the California Prisons Industry Authority certification program.

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