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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.

LAPD gang units feel the pinch of financial disclosure rule

LA Times

Many rank-and-file cops see the requirement -- a result of the department's consent decree -- as an insult. It could erode the strength of the units.

City's '09 was time to hold the line

Daily News

For the second year in a row - and likely continuing for the foreseeable future - Los Angeles city leaders have had to live with diminished expectations.

Officer shootings in Wash. may lead to new laws

Seattlepi.com

The murders of five police officers and this week's shooting of two more have lawmakers thinking about more than a looming budget deficit as they prepare to return to the state capital in January.

Villaraigosa retools his second-term message to focus on jobs

LA Times

L.A.'s unemployment is 13.4%, meaning 259,000 people are out of work. In response, the mayor plans to target three sectors for job growth: biotechnology, clean technology companies and entertainment.

L.A. police chief protests felons buying body armor

Daily News

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck has sent an open letter to California's attorney general urging him to appeal a recent court ruling that overturned a ban on felons wearing or owning body armor.

Designated driver options for the holidays

Daily Breeze

There are a variety of choices available this holiday season, to help people avoid getting into the car if they've had a little too much to drink. Here are some of the services.

Schwarzenegger to seek federal help for California budget

LA Times

Facing another huge deficit, the governor wants $8 billion or threatens massive cuts in social services. He also plans to renew push for offshore oil drilling.

Annual crime continues drop

LA Downtown News

Central Division posted another drop in Downtown crime this week, dragging the overall crime level down 10% compared to last year.

LAPD plans to run its youth program without Boy Scouts

Daily Breeze

The Los Angeles Police Department's Explorers youth program will end its nearly 50-year relationship with the Boys Scouts of America, pledging not to tolerate discrimination.

Gascon calls for appeal of body armor decision

San Francisco Examiner Opinion

Police Chief George Gascon sent letters Tuesday to Attorney General Jerry Brown and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu asking for help in overturning a court decision that would allow convicted felons to buy body armor.

LAPD putting cops on the streets

Daily News

Streamlining the upper management of the Los Angeles Police Department, Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday he plans to take 130 officers off desk duty and return them to the streets.

Police chief extends 3-12 work week

Santa Monica Daily Press

Santa Monica Police Chief Tim Jackman has extended for one month a pilot program in which rank-and-file officers work three, 12.5-hour days instead of the traditional 10 hour, four days a week schedule, a move that is expected to raise morale while putting more officers on the streets at times when they are needed most.

Two officers shot in Pierce County; suspect killed

Seattle Times

Two Pierce County sheriff's deputies were seriously wounded late Monday after they were "ambushed" while responding to a domestic-violence call, according to the Sheriff's Department. The shooting suspect was shot and killed in the Monday night shootout, sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Closest L.A. fire units in recent emergencies shut down because of budget cuts

LA Times blog

Critical minutes were lost in two recent emergency medical calls because nearby Los Angeles Fire Department engines had been taken out of service due to budget cuts, according to fire officials. In both cases, units from farther away responded to the calls.

Round 3 of California's never-ending budget bout looms

Sacramento Bee

Six months into the leanest fiscal year in memory, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California legislators soon will begin wrestling with a new state spending plan – and a new budget deficit.

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