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California mayors join forces to oppose state funding cuts

Emerging from a tense meeting with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a group of California mayors warned Tuesday that they may have to lay off police officers and make deeper cuts in vital services if the state siphons off gas taxes and property taxes to help resolve the state's fiscal crisis.

Upset workers march on City Hall

Daily Breeze

Hundreds of city workers and supporters marched to City Hall today to urge the City Council to drop plans to force civilian employees to take 26 furlough days to help offset a $529 million budget deficit.

LAPD makes huge gang bust in Studio City


Forty people were arrested in a planned gang bust by LAPD officers at an upscale nightclub in Studio City early Thursday morning.

Cops’ union out in force against budget cuts


The union that represents the Los Angeles Police Department rank-and-file announced today that it has launched a public relations campaign aimed at maintaining full funding for the force.

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa part of delegation trying to hold on to local funds

Daily News

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa returned to Sacramento on Tuesday for the second time in three weeks, leading a delegation of mayors trying to block state legislators from taking local funds.

All in a day's work for local hero

The Signal

LAPD officer awarded Medal of Valor for evacuating people from burning building.

Vehicle fraud cases heat up amid economic downturn

LA Times

Suspicious car fires or arson rise 27% in the first quarter compared with a year earlier as owners seek a payoff.

Hearing postponed on LAPD's bid to have consent decree lifted

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Police Department officials will have to wait another week before making their case that the department no longer needs the federal government acting as its big brother.

L.A. police union mounts campaign to oppose LAPD furloughs

Daily News

Despite assurances that policing in the cash-strapped city will not be scaled back, the Police Protective League has mounted a campaign to generate public opposition to LAPD furloughs. The PPL sent an e-mail to 400,000 registered voters, asking them to contact Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council and express their opposition to any furlough of Los Angeles Police Department officers.

Hearing on fate of LAPD Consent Decree postponed

Daily News Wire Services

A hearing at which attorneys for the LAPD planned to ask a federal judge to end the consent decree under which the department has been under federal oversight since 2001 has been postponed, but police Chief William Bratton says he's confident the decree will be ended in the coming weeks.

With crime in decline, a fragile sense of hope

As a wide-ranging LAPD injunction restricts gangs on their own turf, seeds of opportunity are taking root in an area that has long felt marginalized.

Enough slamming the LAPD over “racial profiling”


Violent crime in Los Angeles is dominated by blacks and Hispanics. Straw-man arguments can't alter this uncomfortable fact.

Free the LAPD; the department is ready to police itself

Daily News Editorial

A study by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University released last month, which was commissioned last year by Police Chief William Bratton, found the once-reviled LAPD now has an approval rating that would make President Obama jealous – 83 percent.

LAPD detective arrested in '86 slaying of her ex-boyfriend's wife

LA Daily News

CASE: DNA pointed to suspect.

LA budget calls for 1,200 layoffs, furloughs

Associated Press

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed a $7 billion city budget Tuesday that calls for 1,200 layoffs, unpaid furloughs and a freeze on police expansion in the next fiscal year.

Villaraigosa signs $7.01 billion L.A. budget

Daily Breeze

A $7.01 billion budget calling for layoffs and furloughs of thousands of workers, but characterized as a work in progress, was signed into law Tuesday by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

California drivers ranked fourth worst in the nation

LA Daily News

In 2008, California ranked No. 33 in the listing of best drivers. This year's list puts the Golden State at No. 48 (out of 51, including the District of Columbia).

Union’s Call for Editorial Staff Ouster Raises Ownership Questions

Instead of just being a faceless, unimportant investor, the fund’s money would be used to direct an individual business’s trajectory, making it a win-win for the union. The pension money grows, and the investment advances the agenda of the union.

Study: LAPD Improved Since Corruption Scandals

Harvard University study released Friday of the Los Angeles Police Department found the department greatly improved since corruption scandals forced it under a federal consent decree in 2002.

LAPD Detectives Find a Suspected Serial Killer – Just Not the One They Were Looking For

Searching for a serial killer who has stalked South L.A. for decades, LAPD detectives were surprised by DNA evidence tying a string of 1970s Westside slayings to 72-year-old John Floyd Thomas.

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