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Donors to wildfire victims urged to avoid "sham charities"

LA Times blog

State Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown today warned Californians who want to help wildfire victims to avoid "sham charities" that rip off good Samaritans after big disasters.

Firefighter memorial planned for later this week

LA Times blog

A memorial is planned later this week for the two Los Angeles County firefighters who lost their lives in the Station fire, an official said today. The details have yet to be worked out but Capt. Roland Sprewell said it will probably take place Thursday or Friday at the command center at Hansen Dam.

Prison bill vote redux: Five Dems who voted "no"

San Francisco Chronicle blog

In case you were wondering, the state Assembly's prison bill vote on Monday wasn't exactly 100 percent along party-lines. All of the 41 "yes" votes were cast by Democrats, but not all of the 35 "no" votes came from Republicans. Five Democrats ended up siding with their GOP colleagues in pushing the red button for AB18XXX.

Monitoring tools failed to unearth Garrido's secret


Phillip Garrido was registered as a sex offender, required to meet with parole officers and fitted with an ankle bracelet to track his movements – but nothing prevented him from being around children, according to a victims' advocacy group.

Schwarzenegger to take prison fight to Supreme Court


California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a federal court's order that the state reduce its prison population by 40,000 inmates, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Republican state lawmakers will appeal prison ruling

LA Times blog

A group of Republican state lawmakers plan Thursday to appeal a federal court order that would force the state to reduce its prison population by 40,000 inmates, the legislators said at Capitol news conference.

Councilman wants "duress system" at ATMs in wake of teen's murder

LA Times

Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith today called for the installation of a PIN "duress code" system at bank ATM machines throughout the city, saying such a system might have saved the life of a teen murdered after a robbery attempt July 24.

Bill authored by Yee may give cops more money to fight human trafficking

Contra Costa Times

A new law that should be ready for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature this week would allow state courts to seize human traffickers' assets and funnel the money raised by their sale to the local law enforcement agencies that work to shut the operations down.

Kidnapping suspect's prison term raises questions

LA Times

Some wonder why Phillip Garrido, accused of taking Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991, served only 11 years of a 50-year federal sentence for a similar 1976 crime.

LAPD helps a family of one of their own


Firefighters and police put their lives at risk on the job every day. Now, the LAPD is rallying around the family of one of its own.

3-year-old's drowning underscores L.A. Fire Department budget cuts

LA Times

No rescue unit was available at the nearest fire station when the Bel-Air emergency call came in – in part because of budget-related idling of trucks. Next-nearest unit took 10 minutes to arrive.

California Assembly passes a slimmed-down prison measure

LA Times

The revised package falls $230 million short of the $1.2 billion in cuts to prisons in the July budget deal. It's unclear whether the Senate or governor will go along with the plan.

Meetings held for Bratton replacement


The civilian panel overseeing the Los Angeles Police Department will begin holding community meetings next week to ask Angelenos what qualities they would most like to see in the next police chief.

Firefighters try to battle back Station fire from Acton, Mt. Wilson

LA Times

The Station fire, which has destroyed 21 homes and killed two firefighters, was burning within a quarter of a mile of Mt. Wilson as firefighters prepared for another long, hot day.

L.A. County jails to begin checking immigration status of inmates

LA Times

All inmates booked into jails throughout Los Angeles County will have their immigration status checked beginning today, but federal officials said they don't have the resources to deport all illegal immigrants with criminal records who are identified.

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa announces changes in his administration

LA Times

Chief of staff Robin Kramer is leaving and being replaced by the city's anti-gang czar, the Rev. Jeff Carr. Also departing is the No. 2 policy advisor.

Schwarzenegger ends furloughs for CHP's 911 system

Sacramento Bee

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger responded Thursday to a slackened California Highway Patrol 911 response system and ordered that furloughs of the agency's dispatchers be rescinded.

Prison bill gutted by state Assembly

San Francisco Chronicle

A controversial prison bill that would have reduced California's inmate population by 27,000 has been significantly watered down by state Assembly lawmakers who pushed aside a plan to allow some prisoners to finish their sentences at home.

Aiming to show inner-city kids success in black and brown


Skid Row beat cop Deon Joseph wants successful African-American and Latino-American adults to tell local kids that they're “JustLike U.”

State to close largest youth lockup, convert it to adult prison

LA Times

The state is closing California’s largest youth prison as the population of juvenile delinquents in state custody continues to decline, corrections officials announced today. The facility, the Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility in Chino, will be converted into an adult prison.

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