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Polanski asks to be sentenced in absentia in 1970s sex case

LA Times blog

Roman Polanski has asked a Los Angeles judge to sentence him in absentia for having sex with a 13-year-old in 1977.

L.A.'s crime rate continues to drop

Daily News

The murder count shrank 18 percent in Los Angeles and major crime fell 8.6 percent in the city in 2009, continuing trends that city officials said Wednesday are proof of the value of a well-staffed police force and smartly targeted law-enforcement efforts.

Los Angeles officials consider a ballot measure to scale back pensions

LA Times

The city's benefits responsibilities are expected to double in the next four years, crippling the general fund and forcing drastic cutbacks in city services. Labor unions are fighting the plan.

Villaraigosa urges U.S. to expand use of full-body scanners at LAX, elsewhere

LA Times

The mayor also scolds Congress for delaying the approval of an L.A. airports police official as head of the federal Transportation Security Administration.

Las Vegas shooting prompts nationwide review of courthouse security

Associated Press

Federal authorities will conduct a nationwide review of courthouse security after a gunman killed a courthouse officer and wounded a deputy marshal in Las Vegas, a senior official said Wednesday.

SLO County begins immigration screening program for arrestees

Associated Press

Two more California counties have hooked up to a Homeland Security database that screens the immigration status of arrestees.

Governor to call emergency session for current budget

Capitol Weekly

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger intends to call the Legislature into emergency session to confront a nearly $6.3 billion budget gap in the current fiscal year. The governor is expected to outline his proposed solutions by Friday – when he will unveil his new budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year that begins July 1.

Utah Deputy Fatally Shot by Suspect


As Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker described the loss of Deputy Josie Fox, the words flowed almost as freely as the tears.

Deputy LAPD chief acknowledges rival gangs now might be collaborators

LA Weekly blog

Deputy Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore told La Opinion newspaper that the department is aware of possible collaboration among gangs in Los Angeles.

State proposes lethal injection revisions, a step toward resuming executions

LA Times blog

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation today released its proposed revisions to the lethal injection procedures, a first step toward resuming executions in the state after a four-year halt.

Profiling? Heavens, not us!

Pajamas Media

We must all be inconvenienced so that none of us is offended.

Union alliance may boost political clout

Daily News

As Californians brace for this year's gubernatorial election, two local law enforcement unions have joined forces to play a larger role in the campaign.

California faces more budget pain, cuts in 2010

San Francisco Chronicle

During last summer's fiscal crisis, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger borrowed the title of a film classic to describe California's budget, saying it contained "the good, the bad and the ugly."

Tightening up at the border

San Diego Union-Tribune

Strict new travel restrictions leading to more arrests at border entries.

Oakland to seek injunction against street gang

San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland is poised to join San Francisco as one of the first Northern California cities to try to tame street gangs by slapping them with lawsuits.

LAPD chooses the BMWs over the Harleys

NBC Los Angeles

Motocops now have a choice: BMW or Harley.

California ushers in new laws limiting trans fats, the paparazzi and more

LA Times

In 2010, hundreds of new rules will be enforced. Among them, a ban on shortening cows' tails; a $20,000 fine for human trafficking; and tougher penalties for mortgage fraud and watching dogfights.

Court rules against Schwarzenegger furlough orders

San Francisco Chronicle

A California judge ruled that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had abused his discretion in ordering furloughs of state workers, dealing a blow to the administration's efforts to cope with the state's ongoing fiscal crisis.

State budgeting, already hit in court, may face new legal woes

Capitol Weekly

The state budget, already tangled in an unprecedented number of court fights, is all but certain to prompt yet a new series of legal challenges as the Schwarzenegger administration seeks to cut social programs, government employees' pay and medical services, while tapping funds intended for transportation projects and local governments.

White House prepares for immigration overhaul battle

Los Angeles Times

With the healthcare battle still unfinished, the Obama administration has been laying plans to take up an issue that could prove even more divisive -- a major overhaul of the nation's immigration system.

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