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City hits impasse on police, fire contracts

Lawrence Journal-World

For the second year in a row, the city is struggling to reach agreement with police officers and firefighters on new labor contracts.

Uptick in violence leaves police little time to settle in


Following a holiday weekend marred with violence, Hollenbeck officers quietly move into new Boyle Heights headquarters.

L.A. County court system begins worker furloughs

LA Times

Most of the county's 600 courtrooms were closed Wednesday. Employees will be off the third Wednesday of each month until next June as part of an effort to fill an expected $138-million shortfall.

California prison guards call for a strike vote


After learning of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to slash prison guard’s salaries by another 10 percent, the union has authorized a strike vote, according to Paco Villa’s Corrections Blog.

Judge extends oversight of LAPD for two more days

Associated Press

A federal judge says he needs at least two more days to decide whether the Los Angeles Police Department is ready to be released from federal oversight.

Violent crime in L.A. down nearly 6% so far in 2009

LA Times

The total number of killings in the city of Los Angeles is down by nearly a third through the midway point of 2009 compared with the same period last year, the Los Angeles Police Department reported today.

Law Enforcement Line-of-Duty Deaths Rose 20 Percent during First Half of 2009

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Multiple-death shootings, rise in traffic-related deaths contribute to increase; fatalities still remain low when compared with recent years.

Cuts to police force test a safer Oakland

Wall Street Journal

Long a poster child of high crime, Oakland is preparing to lay off nearly a fifth of its police force just as it has turned the corner on crime, part of a national trend in the recession.

New LAPD Hollenbeck Station opens Saturday

EGP News Service

At noon on July 11, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Area Community Police Station will officially become operational at its new location.

LAPD chief worries about governor's release plan


Southern California law enforcement officials are expressing concerns about Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan to release prison inmates early. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says the governor’s plan is designed to save the state $400 million.

L.A. City Council wants to weigh in on movie-set policing controversy

LA Times blog

Some members of the L.A. City Council are balking at the LAPD's plans to ban retired officers from wearing police uniforms and badges when they work on movie sets.

Budget crisis leads to parole reforms


Under a new Corrections Department policy, over-crowded state prisons and a daunting budget deficit could mean less prison time for low-level parolees who are arrested for technical violations, a move critics call "early release."

California grants early release of parole violators

LA Times

Dealing with overcrowding and fiscal constraints, officials have set free some inmates and approved early release for others.

City attorney wants to know how L.A. got on the hook for Michael Jackson expenses

LA Times blog

Newly elected Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich exhibited a bit of the aggressive style he promised during his campaign when he made an unusual appearance today before the City Council.

Cops: Jackson memorial was a success

Daily News

Warnings by police and city officials for people without tickets to remain clear of Staples Center during today's Michael Jackson memorial ceremony appeared to have worked, with only small crowds gathering around a wide perimeter designed to keep anxious fans out of the area, police Chief William Bratton said.

DEA's expertise gives it a role in investigation of Michael Jackson's death

LA Times

The agency's involvement is a sign that the use or abuse of prescription drugs may be suspected, a law enforcement official says. The state attorney general's office is also joining the probe.

Villaraigosa starts vacation in South Africa a day after inauguration

LA Times

The Los Angeles mayor will attend a summit sponsored by the Academy of Achievement, a source says. The group honored the mayor in 2006.

Police work undermines cardiovascular health, comparison to general population shows

Science Daily

It is well documented that police officers have a higher risk of developing heart disease: The question is why.

Jackson memorial planned for Tuesday at Staples Center

LA Times

A spokesman for the singer's family said 11,000 tickets will be distributed for the 10 a.m. event, which will be free. City officials are concerned about security and logistics.

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