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Suspect let out of Pierce County jail one week ago

Seattle Times

Maurice Clemmons, the 37-year-old man wanted for questioning in the killing of four Lakewood police officers Sunday morning, has a long criminal record punctuated by violence, erratic behavior and concerns about his mental health.

Four police officers fatally shot near Seattle

LA Times

Authorities call the attack an ambush on the officers, who were meeting in a coffee shop before their shift. At least one returned fire and may have injured the lone gunman. No one else was hurt.

Classic car owners arm cops with toys

Daily News

For the past six years, Dustin Troyan, manager of Village Coffee Roasters in Woodland Hills, has been organizing a unique toy drive for local police, sheriff's and fire departments to make inroads with these kids.

Clerical errors and luck kept suspect in Lily Burk killing on the street, records show

LA Times

In June 2006, Charles Samuel entered a Van Nuys home and beat a man. Prosecutors could have sought a life sentence under the state's three-strikes law, but there was an error on his rap sheet.

L.A. County sheriff backs database on sales of cold medicine

LA Times

Baca and other California sheriffs say the records would reduce the illicit production of methamphetamine. But civil rights activists fear invasion of residents' privacy.

LAPD to expand police cameras in public housing projects

KPCC

The Los Angeles City Council this week approved the extension of a $700,000 federal grant for police video cameras at a South L.A. housing project.

L.A. analysts project $1-billion budget gap by 2013

LA Times

The dire forecast comes a day after the city's credit rating was downgraded. Finance officials recommend service cuts, department closures and privatization of city property -- but no tax hikes.

Chief Beck Names Leadership Team and Unveils Initial Reorganization

LAPD blog

November 24: Today Los Angeles Chief of Police Charlie Beck named his senior leadership team and unveiled his first steps in reorganizing the Police Department to increase efficiency and to improve effectiveness.

Beck shakes up LAPD's command staff

LA Times

Deputy Chief Michel Moore is named an assistant chief and will assume command of Special Services, according to the department. And Assistant Chief Sharon Papa will become a commander.

Budget crisis may be harder to solve this time

San Francisco Chronicle

Leaders at the Capitol will have about six months to resolve the new $20.7 billion deficit, and some believe the job will be tougher than the $62 billion budget hole they plugged earlier this year.

L.A.’s new top cop: "conservative" on crime, "progressive" in his policing?

pajamasmedia.com

LAPD's new chief, Charlie Beck, was installed with a heavy dose of revisionist history that may not bode well for the future.

L.A. City Council is poised to debate how many pot dispensaries to allow

LA Times

The number of shops selling marijuana has exploded from 186 two years ago. Officials hope to impose some order by capping the number of outlets or by requiring a certain distance between stores.

CalPERS rate hike delayed a year

calpensions.com

CalPERS is delaying a contribution rate hike for local governments and schools a year, pushing back the impact of huge investment losses in the stock market crash last year.

L.A. police union defies the governor with a wink and a nod

LA Weekly

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union the represents rank-and-file members of the Los Angeles Police Department, on Friday issued a statement calling Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's prisoner-release plan "dangerous and unacceptable."

Top California officials' pay to be cut 18% in December

Sacramento Bee

Pay for California's top elected officials will be slashed by 18 percent next month, one year earlier than expected, to abide by an opinion issued Thursday from Attorney General Jerry Brown.

L.A. County hate crimes drop 4%

LA Times

But gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people were targeted more often, prompted in part by last November's highly charged Prop. 8 initiative, report says.

Bankruptcy an Option, Says Mayor's Fiscal Task Force

voiceofsandiego.org

A private task force of prominent local business leaders formed by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is recommending the city file for bankruptcy unless it undergoes a series of urgent and drastic fiscal reforms, according to a draft of the group's report.

Philosophies clash in plans for gang intervention academy

LA Times

Two schools, led by strong personalities, were supposed to collaborate on a curriculum. When the process collapsed, one of them won a bid to run the program and the other plans to appeal.

Member of Avenues gang is sentenced in girl's murder

LA Times blog

A member of one of Los Angeles' oldest and most notorious street gangs was sentenced today to 82 years to life in prison for the murder of a 14-year-old girl and the attempted murder of a second victim.

"BMW bandits" spreading from Westside into Valley, LAPD says

LA Tmes blog

The "BMW bandits," a group of professional thieves who have been stealing air bags and headlights for luxury cars on the Westside and in the Mid-Wilshire area, appear to be spreading to the San Fernando Valley.

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