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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.

Badge deflects bullet, saves Tenn. cop shot during traffic stop

Police Link

New, heavier badges used by the Oakland, Tenn., police this year may have saved one officer's life. Officer Joshua Smith's new badge was hit during gunfire exchange at a traffic stop on Thursday, keeping the bullet from striking his body.

L.A. gangs seek profit in peace

Wall Street Journal

Gangs that were once bloody rivals now are cooperating to wring profits from the sale of illegal drugs and weapons, law-enforcement officials and gang experts say.

New Year's Eve revelers warned that shooting a gun in celebration is a felony

Los Angeles Times

New Year's Eve revelers are reminded that firing a gun in celebration is a felony, Los Angeles officials warned. Last year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department saw a 19% increase in the number of reports of shots fired during the New Year's festivities, while the LAPD reported a 10% jump. LAPD Asst. Chief Michel Moore said last year's uptick is a warning that the community needs to do more to stem the problem.

Police union urges LAPD to rescind policy requiring certain officers to disclose finances

LA Weekly

Following reports that the Los Angeles Police Department's gang units are losing officers as a result of financial-disclosure rules, the union representing rank-and-file cops is urging the department to rescind the requirements. The board of the union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, urges the department to "rescind the ill-advised policy that has created a serious public safety problem."

California to seek review of decision overturning body-armor law

Los Angeles Times

State Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown has come out against a recent appellate court judgment overturning a law that bars violent felons from possessing body armor. His office will petition the state Supreme Court next month to review the decision, his office said.

Taser ruling sets standards for police, claims

San Francisco Chronicle

Police need reasons to believe a suspect is dangerous before firing a Taser and can't use their stun gun simply because the person is disobeying orders or acting erratically, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Monday.

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