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Los Angeles budget crisis' main event: gridlock?

LA Times

With funds for traffic officers for big events at major venues way down, fans may find themselves stuck in their cars far longer than in the past.

LAPD'S dead, remembered in a new space that needs a new name

LA Times Opinion

The new LAPD headquarters won't be dedicated until later this month -- more about the name of the building in a bit -- but when it is, the first official shift to show up for work will see some sadly familiar names.

Secret criminal billionaires: Big-rig cargo thefts worth $$$ are hitting L.A.'s port

LA Weekly

Huge big-rigs are quietly vanishing from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach regularly, their cargo whisked away by sophisticated crime teams using regional leaders, fencers, "lumpers" and drivers who hijack the entire big-rig container, each stuffed with goods worth between $12,000 -- in, say, Fruit of the Loom Underwear -- to as much as $3 million -- in, say, iPhones. That's per big-rig container.

Long knives slice up Bratton

LA Weekly

It’s a mark of the disarray and crisis within Los Angeles City Hall that Police Chief William Bratton, one of the most famous cops in the world, riding high on an era of low crime and sometimes absurdly over-praised accomplishments, is leaving town on October 31 on an exceedingly sour note, publicly attacking members of the City Council as they attack him back.

Some furlough days actually cost California money

LA Times

A shortage of staff to cover 24-hour shifts at prisons means workers are going in on furlough days and being paid in IOUs that will eventually cost the state -- and its taxpayers -- much more.

The assassination of Deputy Abel Escalante

LA Weekly

Before dawn four weeks ago, some 1,300 cops and federal agents fanned across the badlands of Los Angeles in a massive crackdown on the Avenues gang, inviting along a few reporters to observe them as they quietly approached 42 run-down hovels and crowded apartment buildings, arresting some of the city’s most violent men and women.

Microsoft to offer digital forensic technology to law enforcement

Government Technology

On Oct. 13, hosting a cyber-crime prevention gathering called the Digital Crimes Consortium at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters, Microsoft announced it was teaming with the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to make the center the nation's first distributor of a Microsoft-developed program called Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE).

Recognition for the good guys

Daily News Opinion

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department recently took top honors for their street safety strategy programs from the National Law Enforcement Challenge.

Schwarzenegger signs ammo-regulation bill

San Francisco Chronicle

People buying ammunition in California will soon have to be thumbprinted and dealers will have to keep records of sales, under legislation that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law.

Proposed LAPD pact could shave $100 million

Daily News

Tackling one of the city's major budget issues, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday proposed a two-year police contract that could save up to $100 million next year by slashing overtime and bonuses.

Accord will keep LAPD staffing at current levels, Villaraigosa says

LA Times

Council president Eric Garcetti says at least eight members favor hiring enough officers to replace those who leave.

City officials and police union reach deal to avoid LAPD furloughs, but details are sketchy

LA Times

Los Angeles negotiators have reached a tentative two-year contract agreement with the city police union that apparently will avert the need for officer furloughs and shave $50 million to $100 million from L.A.’s $405-million budget shortfall.

Governor signs bills to crack down on drunk drivers

Daily News

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday signed into law two bills authored by Southland lawmakers that crack down on drunken drivers.

Bill enables state to reduce inmate population

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Prisons will be reduced by about 20,000 inmates over the next two years now that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill under pressure from federal courts to reduce prison overcrowding.

City is serious about budget woes, really

Daily News

For many of the neighborhood council leaders who gathered at City Hall this weekend, it must have seemed like deja vu all over again. Led by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and hammered at by other city officials, the message was: "This time, we're serious," about the city's budget problems.

Public will feel the pain of city's cuts

Daily News

BUDGET: Early retirements and furloughs will mean less service.

Inmates' lawyers call for Schwarzenegger to be held in contempt for state prison plan

Mercury News

Lawyers for California's prison inmates on Thursday demanded Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger be held in contempt by a federal court for his "bald defiance" of an August order to slash more than 40,000 inmates from the state's clogged prison system.

Bratton: "It's time for an insider"

Daily News

POLICE: Outgoing chief says LAPD should hire replacement from within.

Bratton says budget woes may endanger police hiring

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton signaled today that he might not prevail in his fight against a proposal to stop hiring new police officers because of the city's budget crisis.

FBI snags 100 people in global identity-theft scheme

LA Times

More than 50 people have been indicted in Southern California, Las Vegas and Charlotte, N.C., in connection with a "phishing" scheme to steal bank account information from thousands of victims in the United States, an FBI spokeswoman said.

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