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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.
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.
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.
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.
Orange County Register
Officials want residents whose vehicles are registered in other states to pay their fair share in licensing fees.
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.
The governor revokes the controller's authority to take out a high-interest emergency loan to keep the state running should talks fail. Democrats denounce his rhetoric.
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.
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.
Forty people were arrested in a planned gang bust by LAPD officers at an upscale nightclub in Studio City early Thursday morning.
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.
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.
LAPD officer awarded Medal of Valor for evacuating people from burning building.
Suspicious car fires or arson rise 27% in the first quarter compared with a year earlier as owners seek a payoff.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Violent crime in Los Angeles is dominated by blacks and Hispanics. Straw-man arguments can't alter this uncomfortable fact.
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.
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