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California's cities feel budget pinch as well

Sacramento Bee

The state's chronic, multibillion-dollar budget deficits have made headlines not only in California but elsewhere. A new Pew Center on the States report, for instance, titled "Beyond California: States in Fiscal Peril," uses California as a case study in irresponsible budgeting.

Los Angeles goes Google

Information Week

Google is beginning to make its Google Apps suite available to the more than 30,000 employees of the City of Los Angeles, the result of a City Council vote in late October that selected integrator Computer Sciences Corporation's bid over 14 other proposals.

City audit: LAPD under Bratton mismanaged millions

Los Angeles Daily News

The LAPD under former chief William Bratton mismanaged and mishandled millions of dollars of taxpayer money - violating city policies in buying supplies and hiring vendors, according to an internal department audit.

What's next for LAPD's Parker Center?

LAist

At Monday's L.A. City Council Public Safety Committee meeting, the issue of what to do with the nearly emptied Parker Center is up for discussion.

City moves toward creating gang intervention training program

Los Angeles Daily News

Taking the first step to professionalize gang intervention workers, a city panel recommended paying a group $200,000 to create a training academy. The Los Angeles Violence Intervention and Training Academy will develop a 150-hour program for intervention workers - many of whom have been working on their own to try and curb gang activity.

Police union: Venice murder-rape is what can happen if state releases inmates

LA Weekly

The union representing rank-and-file Los Angeles police officers says the rape and murder of Venice resident Eun Kang (pictured) last week is the kind of crime that we could see more of if the state releases 40,000 prison inmates under a federal mandate.

UCLA forecast predicts little to no growth for California economy

KPCC

According to a forecast released today by UCLA economists, the California economy will continue to show little to no growth heading into 2010, but the national outlook will begin slowly improving over the coming year.

From commuted sentence to cop slaying: The Maurice Clemmons story

CorrectionsOne News

There’s little doubt that Maurice Clemmons murdered four Lakewood, Washington police officers on Sunday, Nov. 29th, 2009. He had become a suspect almost immediately after the shooting took place, and when a Seattle officer shot him to death a couple of days later, he was found in possession of one of the officer’s weapons.

So the real question now is: How did all this come to pass?

Press On: Just say no to early prison releases

Lake County (Calif.) Record-Bee Opinion

Whatever happened to "You do the crime you do the time?" In America it doesn't work that way anymore. We, as a society, are soft toward criminals and it often comes back to haunt us.

Many states sending fewer people to prison, federal report shows

Washington Post

The number of people in U.S. prisons has grown at the slowest pace in nearly a decade, according to figures released Tuesday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The study also found that incarceration rates in 30 states declined last year.

LAPD to San Pedro residents: More officers are coming

Daily Breeze

Shaken by the shooting death in broad daylight last month of a 17-year-old boy, San Pedro residents were reassured by police officials that all LAPD divisions are in line to receive more officers under new Police Chief Charlie Beck.

LAPD to get new hires after all

LA Weekly

Earlier this week we told about the Los Angeles Police Department's $80 million deficit and the prospect of a continued freeze on hiring new cadets through January.

Thousands turn out for police officer memorial

MSNBC

About 20,000 mourners, mostly members of law enforcement from Washington state and across the country, honored four slain officers who were remembered Tuesday as heroes and loving family members.

California high court's LA office will close

Daily Breeze

The California Supreme Court's Los Angeles clerk office will close at the end of the year for "budgetary reasons," Chief Justice Ronald M. George announced Monday.

Councilman Dennis Zine calls for review of city employee travel

Daily News

As the city prepares to send a large delegation to Copenhagen for the Climate Control Conference, a city offical called Tuesday for a review on how much travel the city pays for.

L.A. City Council OKs cap on medical marijuana dispensaries

LA Times blog

Seeking to bring the city's medical marijuana dispensary boom under tight control, the Los Angeles City Council decided today to cap the total number at 70, but to allow those that originally registered with the city to remain open.

Scout-free LAPD Explorer program in the works

Daily News

The LAPD plans to launch its own Explorer program for young people this month, removing the Boy Scouts of America from management, officials said Tuesday.

Krekorian wins Valley council seat

LA Times

Assemblyman defeats former Paramount executive Christine Essel.

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