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The statistics say that 17-year-old Rocio Sazo should have dropped out of school by now. In the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), outside studies show that fewer than half of ninth-graders graduate from high school within four years.

Trutanich names Livesay chief deputy city attorney


Los Angeles City Attorney-elect Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich Friday named former chief deputy district attorney Curt Livesay as his chief deputy and former Assistant U.S. Attorney William W. Carter as his chief of staff.

Claremont Man Honored by LAPD

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

A Claremont resident on Thursday was one of 25 Los Angeles police officers who received the department's highest honor. Sergeant Christopher Gomez was awarded the Medal of Valor for displaying exceptional heroism in 2007 when he rescued a man from a burning vehicle.

Los Angeles Police Department Honors 25 Officers for Valor

LA Times

The Medal of Valor recognizes officers who display extraordinary courage under difficult – often life-threatening – circumstances. This year saw the highest number of female recipients so far, five.

Hard Times and Crime? Just You Wait

Los Angeles Times Opinion

Despite the recession, crime is down sharply in L.A. One expert says crime rates are not linked to economic cycles, but another says a long-term downturn could reverse the trend.

Diversity Bolsters the LAPD

LA Daily News

Force nearly matches ethnic makeup of city as police gain trust of minority communities.

Lift the LAPD Consent Decree

LA Times Editorial

The sweeping police reforms that L.A. agreed to in 2000 have taken hold. Now oversight of the LAPD should revert to the Police Commission.

Bid to Divert California Prisoners to County Jails Denounced

LA Times

Local officials say they don't have the room or the funding to house the low-level felons that the governor wants to send them.

L.A. Police Union Part Owner of U-T; Wants Editorial Staff Gone

City News Service (CNS)

As an investor in the company that now owns The San Diego Union-Tribune, the union that represents Los Angeles police officers is demanding the ouster of the newspaper's editorial page staff.

Beating the Machine: The New Politics of LA


The governor and legislators are going back to normal today with their posturing and pretenses as if voters hadn't just slapped them in the face and kicked them in the groin.

L.A. County's Election Winners and Losers

LA Times

The LAPD union, a political consultant and city councilman all came out on top. But LAPD Chief William J. Bratton, a developer and, yes, sea lions are all worse off.

Trutanich Celebrates Victory in City Attorney's Race

Los Angeles Independent

Attorney and political newcomer Carmen Trutanich was celebrating Wednesday his improbable victory over Councilman Jack Weiss in the race to become Los Angeles city attorney.

Police Union Submits 16 Ideas to Save LA Money


The LAPD didn't get hit as hard as other departments in the City Council approved city budget, but the current plan does slow down hiring new officers. Now the Los Angeles Police Protective League has submitted their ideas to save the city money in order to get back on track of getting more officers on the streets.

L.A. Police Union to Release Cost Savings Ideas

Daily News Wire Services

The union that represents Los Angeles police officers today released a set of recommendations that it says could save the city millions of dollars at a time when officers' contracts are being renegotiated.

The LAPD Must be Frugal While Maintaining its Force

LA Times Editorial

The city's budget emergency is forcing all departments to cut back, but that doesn't mean we should be reducing the number of officers on duty.

L.A. Still Needs More Cops

LA Times Opinion

Times are tough; every city department is under pressure. But the LAPD must keep hiring.

Weiss campaign is a crucial test of Villaraigosa's clout

LA Times

The mayor, weighing a gubernatorial run, has raised funds and rallied supporters to the side of his closest ally on the City Council, who is now running for city attorney. By David Zahniser and Maeve Reston

Drama Over LAPD Chief Bratton's Political Endorsements

LA Weekly

It's frowned upon for police chiefs to endorse candidates during campaigns. But so far, Chief William Bratton has endorsed candidates appearing on next Tuesday's ballot, including City Attorney hopeful Jack Weiss. “If Weiss gets in, he is going to owe Bratton,” warned former Chief Daryl Gates in an LA Weekly story by Daniel Heimpel today.

Bill Bratton's Endorsements Spectacle

By Daniel Heimpel

It’s a spectacle Angelenos have rarely seen, officially frowned upon since the ethics reforms of 1991, when former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, leading an LAPD cleanup commission, made something crystal clear: No police chief, a hired hand beholden to politicians who hire him, should ever back anyone in a political race.

City Council Approves LAPD, LAFD Hiring Freeze

Los Angeles (AP)

A major expansion of the Los Angeles Police Department is in jeopardy after a City Council panel approved a hiring freeze for police and firefighters. The full council will consider the proposal next week after the city's budget and finance committee voted on the freeze Wednesday in hopes of offsetting a $529 million budget gap.

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