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Bratton: ‘Blow Up Parker Center’

LA Downtown News

More adventures with Downtown News photographer Gary Leonard. He says, “I took another tour of police plaza yesterday (after taking one with Councilmember Jan Perry last week) because it’s one of our last public views of [LAPD Chief William] Bratton.

Audit faults California prison system for failing to develop system to track rising costs

San Jose Mercury News

As the debate grinds on in the Legislature about how best to slice $1.2 billion from California's crowded prison system, a scathing new audit faults the Corrections Department for its skyrocketing costs and for not doing enough to track the money it spends.

LAPD not looking to take over civilian jobs in jails

Los Angeles Daily News

As the City Council prepares to debate ways to close a $530 million budget deficit, LAPD officials insisted that any money-saving plan will not include assigning officers to fill civilian jobs guarding city jails. In a misunderstanding with the union representing civilian detention officers, a transfer order dated Sept. 1 assigned nine Los Angeles Police Department officers to the jail system.

Crime rate in L.A. drops 7.4 percent from last year

Daily News

Crime in Los Angeles dropped more than 7 percent from a year ago, negating fears that the recession and record-high unemployment would fuel a spike in burglaries and other offenses, officials said Tuesday.

New LAPD headquarters to open in October


In 54 days, Chief Bill Bratton steps aside as head of the Los Angeles Police Department. Tuesday, he took Eyewitness News on a tour of the new administration building, something that happened under his watch.

Detectives appeal for help from motorists on Angeles Crest Highway the day Station fire broke out

LA Times

Sheriff’s homicide detectives searching for the arsonist who set the deadly Station fire are appealing for anyone who travelled on the Angeles Crest Highway just above La Cañada Flintridge around 3:30 p.m. on August 25.

Mayor Villaraigosa names Guillermo Cespedes gang czar

LA Times

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced today that Guillermo Cespedes, the director of the mayor's renowned Summer Night Lights program to reduce gang violence, will serve as the city’s new director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development.

California violence shelters closing amid budget cuts

Associated Press

Six domestic violence shelters in California have been forced to close while dozens more are scaling back services after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated all state funding for the program that supports them.

Mayor sticks to his guns on hiring officers

Daily News

Even as Los Angeles overspends by nearly $1million a day, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa insisted Tuesday he will continue to block any effort to reduce hiring for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Proposed LAPD hiring freeze raises hackles

City News Service

Faced with a $530 million deficit, top city budget officials are suggesting a possible police hiring freeze that would reduce the size of the LAPD by attrition, a concept that was denounced Tuesday by Chief William Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Released California prison inmates at risk for more health problems

Mercury News

If tens of thousands of inmates are released from state prison over the next two years, they'll bring their HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis infections with them back to their communities.

Prisons impasse costs taxpayers $3.3 million a day

Sacramento Bee

Deadlock in the California Legislature over prison cuts is costing taxpayers millions per day as lawmakers debate changing tough-on-crime policies that have sent prison populations and costs soaring.

California takes prison-overcrowding fight to U.S. Supreme Court

Mercury News

California officials Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a lower court order that forces the state to quickly devise a plan to shed more than 40,000 inmates from its overcrowded prisons.

Cash-strapped states revise laws to get inmates out

LA Times

Mandatory sentencing laws are relaxed, parole is accelerated, and time off for good behavior is increased as states scramble to save money.

Van Nuys gang gets hit with injunction

Daily News

A permanent injunction restricting the gathering of members of the Barrio Van Nuys gang was granted Thursday by a judge, the City Attorney's Office announced.

Online survey asks for public input on next LAPD chief

Daily News

As the Los Angeles Police Commission begins asking the public what the city needs in its next police chief, the city Personnel Department has created an Internet survey to expand opportunities for feedback.

New LAPD headquarters almost ready

Daily News

For now, the new Los Angeles Police Department headquarters has that new-house feel -- the smell of fresh paint, static electricity off the carpets, walls absent of any handprints. Yet, in about two months, it will be teeming with life from police officers, politicians and the public taking advantage of its new park, a planned restaurant and the first public meeting space in more than three decades.

Arson probe underway as firefighters honor fallen colleagues

LA TImes

More than 1,000 firefighters gathered at the Station fire command post at Hansen Dam this morning for a memorial service for two firefighters killed battling a blaze that officials have classified as arson.

Manson follower Susan Atkins is denied parole

LA Times

A panel votes to deny Atkins' request for release on compassionate grounds. She is terminally ill, and doctors say she has months to live. She is serving a life sentence for the murder of Sharon Tate.

Federal judges refuse to delay California prison-overcrowding order

Mercury News

A three-judge federal court panel has refused California's bid to hold off on coming up with a plan to release more than 40,000 inmates from the state's prison system, forcing the state to keep working on clearing its prisons while pressing an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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