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Marijuana activists seize on California fiscal jam


With California teetering perpetually on the edge of financial ruin, marijuana activists have seized the moment, claiming that legalizing and taxing pot could help bail out the cash-strapped Golden State.

Sketches show what South L.A. serial killer might look like today

LA Times

The images of a graying, heavier man are based on a description given to police by the only woman known to have survived one of his attacks. He is believed responsible for at least 11 deaths.

Bill would require witnesses to report violent crimes

LA Times blog

A California lawmaker is trying to make it a crime for witnesses not to report homicides, rapes and other violent attacks.

Correctional officers win furlough lawsuit

Sacramento Bee

An Alameda Superior Court judge has ruled that furloughs Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered are illegal for state prison officers whose pay is reduced but who have to wait to take the time off. The order by Judge Frank Roesch means that roughly 40,000 state correctional officers, their sergeant and lieutenants are due their full pay for time worked.

Ex-LAPD deputy chief to head Burbank department

Daily News

A former Los Angeles Police Department deputy chief was chosen Thursday to serve as interim chief of the embattled Burbank Police Department. Scott LaChasse will take over as interim chief Jan. 7, replacing Chief Tim Stehr, who is expected to retire at the end of the year.

Cal Lutheran forecast suggests state debt default likely

Sacramento Bee

California faces at least another year of recession, and the state budget is so far upside down that it's now "more likely to default than not," on some of its debt, a new economic forecast from California Lutheran University's economists declares.

CalPERS approves increase to pension fund

Sacramento Bee

The CalPERS board today approved a modest increase in the state's annual contribution to the pension fund, setting aside protests from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration.

City Council proposal would shut down nearly all pot clinics

Daily News

ORDINANCE: Restrictions could close, move all but five facilities, officials say.

City Council approves program to train gang intervention workers

Daily News

The City Council approved a new program Wednesday to train gang intervention workers, advancing the city's push to overhaul its anti-gang efforts.

Andrea Ordin leaves police commission to become top county government lawyer

LA Times blog

Andrea Ordin, formally approved Tuesday as the Los Angeles County government’s top lawyer, said the new job means she will step down from her current post on the Los Angeles Police Commission, the civilian board that oversees the LAPD.

'Crimestoppers' tips program launched in L.A. County

Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich joined Sheriff Lee Baca, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and police chiefs from more than 20 cities to launch a new public-private partnership that will offer rewards to anonymous tipsters who provide information leading to the apprehension and prosecution of criminals.

Police: Criminals are packing more heat

USA Today

Criminals increasingly are choosing high-powered firearms such as assault weapons, a new survey of 166 U.S. police agencies shows.

Charter amendment would revamp S.F. pensions

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco voters may soon have the opportunity to decide major changes to the city's pension and retiree health care systems - both of which have seen their costs skyrocket as the city grapples with consecutive years of major budget deficits.

Budget mess may cause L.A. County court closures

Daily Bulletin (Inland Valley)

In three years, up to nine of the 50 Los Angeles County courthouses may be shuttered as a result of state budget cuts, the county's presiding judge said.

Judge sides with Trutanich in audit battle

Daily News

CASE: Ruling gives city attorney victory in court; Greuel plans appeal.

LA County police to merge with Sheriff's Department

Contra Costa Times

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today agreed to merge county police with the Sheriff's Department.

LAPD steps up motorcycle safety enforcement

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles Police Department is stepping up its motorcycle safety enforcement. Two or three times each month, the LAPD will dispatch additional officers to patrol areas of the city where motorcycle accidents frequently occur, said traffic grant coordinator Officer Don Inman.

Chief Beck vows to fix flawed LAPD purchasing system

Daily News

ACCOUNTING: Chief says no evidence of wrongdoing found.

In the police pressroom, reporters had a roaring good time

Los Angeles Times

They'd play poker and throw back whiskey between covering stories. But these days at the new headquarters, there isn't room for a card table and the crew is down to one.

California debt costs to surpass $10 billion - Treasurer


California, the largest borrower among U.S. states, may see its debt interest costs nearly double to over $10 billion in 2020, the state treasurer reported.

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