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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.

Court Rejects Challenge to LAPD Immigration Policy

Metropolitan News-Enterprise

This district’s Court of Appeal has rejected a conservative legal group’s request to force the Los Angeles Police Department to comply with state law requiring the Department of Homeland Security to be notified of the arrest of non-citizens for certain drug offenses.

Plan to roll back L.A.'s retirement benefits is dead -- for now

LA Times blog

A plan to ask Los Angeles voters to roll back retirement benefits for newly hired city workers at Los Angeles City Hall is dead – at least for now, two high-level city officials said today.

Supreme Court eases restrictions on corporate campaign spending

CNN

The Supreme Court has given big business, unions and nonprofits more power to spend freely in federal elections, a major turnaround that threatens a century of government efforts to regulate the power of corporations to bankroll American politics.

L.A. police union wants cops to be notified when expected wave of prisoners comes to town

LA Weekly

The union representing Los Angeles police officers on Thursday asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to ensure that local departments are notified when prisoners from the massive release planned for Monday come their way.

D.A. to urge legislature to pass new body armor law

LA Weekly

District Attorney Steve Cooley and state Sen. Alex Padilla will hold a news conference Friday to urge the state legislature to pass what they describe as an urgent law that would ban violent felons from wearing body armor.

LAPD preparing to deal with nearly 6,000 freed prisoners in area

LA Weekly

The Los Angeles Police Department seems to be taking the possibility of a state release of prisoners starting Jan. 25 seriously.

Release of thousands of California prisoners set for this month

LA Weekly

Batten down the hatches. The state is scheduled to release thousands of prisoners, with at least 5,000 coming to California, starting Jan. 25, according to a statement from the union representing rank-and-file Los Angeles police officers.

High court affirms prisoner reduction

Courthouse News Service

The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed California's appeal of a federal judicial panel's order that it reduce its prison population by more than 40,000 in two years.

Another long California budget battle expected

Sacramento Bee

Brace yourself for another long year of budget talks. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a fiscal emergency and demanded swift action to eliminate nearly half of the state's $19.9 billion deficit by March.

Dan Walters: Financial pain will dominate 2010 elections

Sacramento Bee

There are dozens of proposed measures for the 2010 elections, all of which purport to improve California's economic, social or civic well-being. Some are fairly major structural changes – and chances are high that quite a few will actually make the ballot.

A budget, and a vision, for L.A.

LA Times Editorial

The mayor and City Council have to respond to today's fiscal crisis with a long-term plan for a more focused, efficient city government.

Politicians watch criminals pack more heat

New York Times Editorial

The nation’s police chiefs are finding an alarming increase in criminals’ use of assault weapons — the high-powered battlefield rifles that used to be banned, back when the federal government showed greater concern for public safety.

LAPD chief: Pot clinics not plagued by crime

Daily News

Despite neighborhood complaints, most medical marijuana clinics are not typically the magnets for crime that critics often portray, according to Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck.

Audit: Idle LA city telephone lines cost taxpayers $3M annually

Daily Breeze

In far too many cases at Los Angeles City Hall, the phone is ringing, but no one is home.

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