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Proposed cuts would allow a Madoff to avoid prison in California, Cooley says

LA Times blog

Los Angeles County’s top prosecutor has warned that a budget proposal by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would so weaken court sentencing guidelines that if a swindler such as Bernard Madoff were to be brought to justice in California he would not face state prison time.

Bratton says LAPD is improved, wants consent decree lifted


A judge will decide next week whether to lift a federal monitor’s oversight of the Los Angeles Police Department. The consent decree that put the monitor in place came after the Rampart Scandal 10 years ago.

LAPD takes over Michael Jackson death investigation

Australian Associated Press

Los Angeles robbery and homicide division have taken over the investigation into Michael Jackson's death. The King of Pop has died at the age of fifty in a Los Angeles Hospital after an apparent heart attack.

L.A. mayor and council weighing retirement option for reducing city's workforce

Hoping to avoid layoffs and furloughs, a new plan would cut pay raises for two years to employees and offer retirement to some. By David Zahniser

LA Sketchbook: LA back in LAPD

Steve Greenberg was inspired by today's Los Angeles Times Poll story showing higher approval ratings for the LAPD.

Poll finds approval for LAPD

The Associated Press

The poll of 1,500 registered voters found almost eight in 10 said they either "strongly approve" or "somewhat approve" of the Police Department's performance. The endorsement comes after several years of decreasing crime rates, a more diverse police force and improved community outreach under Chief William Bratton.

Citywide survey of Los Angeles

LA Times

Voter approval of the Los Angeles Police Department is stronger than at any point in the last two decades, and the department has closed much of the gap between the views of whites and those of blacks and Latinos, according to The Times Poll of 1,500 registered voters in Los Angeles.

LAPD gains new approval from the public

LA Times

The strong endorsement of the department, expressed in a June poll, cuts across racial and ethnic lines. Other aspects of life in the city do not fare so well.

Illegal L.A. marijuana dispensaries lose exemption loophole

LA Times

The City Council eliminates a provision in the 2007 moratorium that allowed outlets with pending applications to stay open. The city will continue to work toward a permanent ordinance.

Lift the LAPD consent decree

LA Times

The department has all but completed the necessary reforms and demonstrated it is ready to 'protect and to serve' all the people of Los Angeles.

Court upholds LAPD ban on asking immigration status

Daily News

An appeals court Wednesday upheld the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Order 40, a policy governing how officers interact with immigrants.

Lakers parade to be funded by donations

City News Service

Preparations for a parade and rally celebrating the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA championship will continue today, while the mayor solicits private donations and the City Council debates on how to pay for the event.

Executives donate money for Lakers parade

LA Times

Businessmen promise funds after criticism that city can't afford its share of $2-million celebration of NBA championship.

Calif. law enforcement gets $136M from stimulus

Associated Press

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says California will receive $136 million in economic stimulus money to strengthen law enforcement programs throughout the state.

U.S. Mayors vote suggests Villaraigosa has other plans

The Sacramento Bee

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa may be unwilling to totally kill off speculation he is going to run for governor. But a vote by the United States Conference of Mayors today suggests that he has other plans.

18 people arrested in Lakers melees


Jubilant fans poured out onto the streets of Los Angeles Sunday to celebrate the Lakers' title-clinching win over the Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals. But it didn't take long for the crowds to turn unruly, forcing the LAPD to go on tactical alert.

We won't rain on their parade -- but should we pay for it?

Southern California Public Radio

Woo hoo and congrats to the Lakers, bringing home the big trophy. What they've come home to [besides the cleanup from the deplorable ''celebration'' mini-riots on Sunday night] is a pretty vinegary debate about whether a city that's got a half-billion-dollar hole in its budget should pony up any dough toward a victory parade.

LAPD officers union: No public funding for Laker parade

City News Service

Despite the city's plan to split the cost of a parade honoring the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, the head of the union that represents LAPD officers criticized the expense again today, saying no public funds should be spent on a celebration when the city is facing a massive budget deficit.

CHP encourages residents to report out-of-state license plates

Orange County Register

Officials want residents whose vehicles are registered in other states to pay their fair share in licensing fees.

California has 50 days to live

Yahoo Finance

California officially has a drop-dead date now. State Controller John Chiang told Arnold Schwarzenegger last night that the state has 50 days before it hits a financial meltdown.

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