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Police Union Submits 16 Ideas to Save LA Money

www.LAist.com

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.

Bratton to Rosendahl: So, you want to save money by not hiring cops? Then take that!

David Zahniser

In an interview with KNX-AM (1070) radio this morning, Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton called out City Council members Bernard C. Parks, Greig Smith and Bill Rosendahl by name, saying their vote last night to freeze police hiring as a budget-cutting measure was “shortsighted and dangerous.”

Villaraigosa confronts L.A. council on budget

By Rick Orlov Staff Writer

In a rare showdown, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa blasted City Council members who want to scale back on the LAPD expansion and specifically called out Westchester-area Councilman Bill Rosendahl for switching positions to oppose his budget.

Villaraigosa criticizes decision to cut LAPD hiring

LA Times

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday criticized three City Council members who voted to cut police hiring, accusing them of "devastating public safety" while preserving pet projects in their council districts.

Villaraigosa Asks Unions Back to Bargaining Table on Budget

Daily Breeze

Facing the worst financial crisis in Los Angeles history, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a new plea on Wednesday for city unions to return to the bargaining table or face the prospects of thousands of layoffs, along with unpaid furloughs for all civilian workers.

Villaraigosa Calls on City Council to Declare a Fiscal Emergency

LA Times

In light of L.A.'s $529-million budget deficit, the mayor seeks the authority to layoff and furlough thousands of city workers. The council is to consider the matter later this week.

Obama Praises Police for Efforts in Tough Times

President Barack Obama says police officers deserve respect and support because as the economy worsens, crime rises.

Police Survivors Group Says No Worries About Obama's Death-Benefit Cut

Police Magazine

President Obama's proposed reduction of death benefits is “meaningless” and will not reduce the amount paid to survivors who lose their loved ones in the line of duty, according to a leading grief-support agency for law enforcement families.

Governor Schwarzenegger Statement on California NAPO TOP COP Award Recipients

Imperial Valley News

California has the best and most dedicated police officers in the nation working to protect us. The extraordinary bravery and teamwork shown by these LAPD officers is one of many reasons why they are so deserving of this prestigious award.

Obama Honors Police Heroes

Washington Times

President Obama on Tuesday honored 33 U.S. law enforcement officers who risked their lives – from capturing terrorists to rescuing hostages held at gunpoint – to protect and save others.

Los Angeles police officers honored by Obama

Daily News Wire Services

Fifteen Los Angeles police officers involved in the standoff that ended Feb. 7, 2008, with the shooting death of a colleague were honored at the White House on Tuesday.

Questions Arise over Weiss Fundraiser

myFOXla.com

It's the hottest race in next Tuesday's election, and the most negative.

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