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to a slackened California Highway Patrol 911 response system and ordered that furloughs of the agency's dispatchers be rescinded.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

Berkow back in the news


Michael Berkow, the former head of LAPD's internal affairs unit, has resigned as chief of police in Savannah, GA to join a division of the company that recently hired LAPD chief William Bratton.

LAPD might need an interim chief

LA Times

The mayor wants to select a permanent replacement for William J. Bratton by the time the chief leaves Oct. 31. But the Personnel Department's timeline for the process makes that seem unlikely.

Schwarzenegger says Assembly lacked guts to OK his prison cuts

Sacramento Bee

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called members of the Assembly gutless Wednesday for not passing his package to cut prison spending. "They don't have the guts to now make these decisions because they're more worried about their safe seats rather than the safe streets," the governor said.

Exclusion policy on early prison release ruled invalid

LA Times

An appeals panel says the Federal Bureau of Prisons has not adequately explained why inmates who have committed murder, rape and other violent crimes can't participate in the program.

Prisons, youth programs brace for cuts


Employees of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation were informed that layoff notices would be going out this week to 1,300 workers statewide, including about 1,200 in the Division of Juvenile Justice and 100 in adult programs, spokesman Seth Unger said.

New LAPD programs to combat hate crimes

Jewish Journal

After a recent upsurge in anti-Semitic violence, including the shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in June and a failed bomb plot targeting New York synagogues in May, Los Angeles city officials and community leaders are on alert for the approach of the High Holy Days season.

Injunction Creates Gang-Free Zone Around Los Angeles School

Imperial Valley News

Fighting to protect students facing "wanton gang violence," Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich have won a court-ordered preliminary injunction creating a 1.4 square-mile gang-free zone around Fremont High School in Los Angeles.

Orange County supervisors revive challenge to deputy pensions

Orange County Register

The lawsuit seeks to roll back generous benefits for law enforcement and could have statewide implications.

Savannah Police Chief Michael Berkow Resigns


After less than three years on the job, Savannah Chatham Metro Police Chief Michael Berkow submitted his resignation on Friday.

Berkow says leaving is difficult, but he has missed three years of his son’s life, and a new opportunity will bring the two closer together. Berkow will be based in California, as President and Chief Operating Officer of a new division of a company called Altegrity, a large company that consults on international policing efforts.

Can Google really protect and serve Los Angeles?

Daily News Opinion

With the upcoming City Council vote on the proposed replacement of Los Angeles' e-mail and records retention software with Google services, the public needs to know that the move may pose significant risks to city employees and Angelenos.

LAPD to beef up anti-gang activity in South L.A.

LA Times

Top Los Angeles law enforcement and elected officials acknowledged today a recent rise in the number of killings in South Los Angeles and announced plans to bolster anti-gang activity in the area.

Cutbacks becoming a reality for police departments


In these economy times, laid-offs and cutbacks are becoming a reality throughout the entire American economic system. Usually, these problems only affect the private sector, but now it is beginning to affect vital government positions such as local police departments.

"Tagging" or just hanging out -- busted either way?

LA Times

L.A.'s city attorney wants to give police the ability to arrest graffiti 'taggers' simply for hanging out together, without having to catch them in the act. The proposal raises constitutional issues.

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