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Union's radio ads target Fresno Co. jail cuts

Fresno Bee

The correctional officers’ union has mounted a public relations campaign about inmates released early from the Fresno County jail, right as county supervisors are expected to take up the issue.

Workers left wondering who's running L.A. County Probation Department

LA Times blog

Workers in the troubled Los Angeles County Probation Department have spent several days wondering who is in charge of the department after receiving conflicting messages from management.

Panel looking to speed up DNA testing

Daily News

OPTIONS: Some urging that city use outside firms to help with backlog.

Video meant to rebut LAPD statements is bogus

LA Times

The attorney for the defendant in a handgun case concedes that a tape showing a license plate on the accused's car is a fraud. Police had pulled his vehicle over for lacking a plate.

Release of inmates is decried

Daily News

SAFETY: Reducing prison population, supervision `a disaster waiting to happen.'

Pension costs hit big-city budgets: LA, SF and SD


A wave of higher pension costs is hitting California’s three major coastal cities, prompting proposals to shore up future budgets with ballot measures in Los Angeles and San Francisco and eroding progress in San Diego, once dubbed “Enron by the sea.”

Schwarzenegger: Send prisoners to Mexico

LA Times

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger floated a different approach to trimming down California’s bloated prison budget on Monday: pay Mexico to build new prisons and ship off California’s incarcerated illegal immigrants south of the border.

California inmate release plan begins

Sacramento Bee

The state's controversial plan to reduce its prison population by 6,500 inmates over the next year begins today, with victims and law enforcement groups once again warning it will increase crime.

Broadcast journalists [heart] the LAPD!

LA Times Opinion

The Radio and Television News Assn. has handed out its Golden Mike awards for broadcast excellence for 60 years now, bestowing the latest hefty golden trophies at a dinner ceremony Saturday evening in Universal City. Among the winners: the LAPD's media relations department, which snagged a statuette in taking the RTNA's Freedom of Information award.

Cameras in LAPD cars are still just a vision

LA Times

The devices were called for after the Rodney King beating, but various chiefs and mayors failed to follow through. Testing is of a system is finally underway, but technical glitches snarl the effort.

Spare LAPD from the budget knife

LA Times Editorial

Times are tough, but funding the Police Department should remain a priority.

California controller: State will run out of cash before April

Mercury News

State Controller John Chiang issued a stern warning Friday about California's cash reserves, telling legislative leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger they must act on nearly $9 billion in budget cuts the governor is seeking by March — or the state will run out of cash to pay its bills.

Judge: Polanski must come to L.A. to be sentenced in child-sex case

LA Times blog

A judge has rejected director Roman Polanski's bid to be sentenced in absentia in a three-decade-old child-sex case. Judge Peter Espinoza ruled that Polanski, 76, will have to come back Los Angeles to be sentenced.

LA public officials seek passage of body armor legislation

KPCC 89.3

Two Los Angeles public officials are backing a bill that would resurrect a state law struck down by an appellate court that made it illegal for violent felons to possess body armor.

Villaraigosa plans to keep hiring cops while cutting civilian jobs

LA Times

City officials plan to shed 1,000 jobs to patch a nearly $200-million budget gap. But the mayor wants to replace departing LAPD officers.

Villaraigosa says no bankruptcy for the city

Daily News

With city officials declaring that "bankruptcy is not an option," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released a long-term plan for the city's finances Thursday, including several billion dollars in potential savings and possible layoffs of 1,000 workers.

Letter reveals L.A.'s plans for more layoffs

Los Angeles Times

A decline in revenues may mean that at least 1,000 jobs are eliminated, according to the letter, which is being circulated among city leaders.

Budget woes driving plans to cut government pensions, health care

Capitol Weekly

The pensions and health care of millions of retired government workers is coming under increasing scrutiny in cash-strapped California, not only by the governor and lawmakers looking to erase red ink, but at the ballot box in form of proposed initiatives.

Torrential rains pound San Pedro

Daily Breeze

A driving rain hit parts of San Pedro on Tuesday, flooding out streets and homes where police officers had to pull people to safety.

New law allows Calif. to trim inmate population

San Luis Obispo Tribune

California will begin to reduce its prison population by about 6,500 inmates over the next year under a state law that takes effect Monday.

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