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LAPD Ties 72-Year-Old Man to Two Waves of Serial Killings

LA Times

DNA leads detectives to John Thomas Jr., 72. He is held in two slayings, but police suspect he may have killed up to 30 elderly Westside and Claremont women a decade apart.

Bratton: L.A. Is as Safe as 1956

LA Weekly

Bratton’s insistence that L.A. is as safe as 53 years ago — a time when young L.A. children trick-or-treated without an adult, hitch-hiking was seen as a fun way to get to Santa Monica Beach, and Nickerson Gardens was a new, clean and friendly place to grow up — stretches the bounds of reality.

City Budget

City News Service

Police and fire services would diminish under a furlough plan designed to save the city money, the Los Angeles City Council's Budget and Finance Committee was told today as deliberations began on the city's proposed $7.04 billion budget.

Only LAPD Would be Spared from Cuts

Daily News

The LAPD would be allowed to grow to 10,000 officers this year but every other agency would have to freeze hiring while a two-tiered system for pensions and other new-worker benefits is studied, a city panel was told Monday.

America's Law Enforcement Now Facing Greater Threats

Daily News Editorial

This March marked a dubious milestone for American law enforcement. With four officers killed by a gunman in Oakland, it was the first month since Operation Iraqi Freedom began that the number of police officers murdered on American streets equaled the number of U.S. military personnel killed by hostile fire in Iraq.

Officers Given Discretion to Use Lights, Sirens in Emergency

City News Service

Los Angeles police officers will have more discretion over when to activate the lights and sirens on their patrol cars under a policy approved today by the City Council.

An Outpouring Over Boy's Story

Los Angeles Times

Times' readers write in about Micah Blackwell, who LAPD officers have helped raise and whose mother is ill. They offer money, outings, even a home for Micah and his brother.

Villaraigosa’s Budget Pitch

Los Angeles Times Opinion

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed $7.05 billion budget relies heavily on his ability to win concessions from employee unions find new ways to raise additional revenue. The mayor visited with Times editors and reporters on April 21 to make his case; below is a partial transcript.

L.A.'s budget by guesswork

Los Angeles Times Editorial

Avoiding layoffs is a nice goal, but shouldn't L.A.'s mayor first know how big a workforce the city needs?

The new target blue


It has been a tough few weeks for law enforcement. My heart goes out to my brothers and sisters in blue, their families and loved ones from those agencies that have lost officers in the line of duty, as well as those officers/agencies who have faced homicidal suspects in mass killing incidents.

Third suspect arrested in L.A. deputy's murder

LA Times blog

A third suspect has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the shooting of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Juan Abel Escalante outside his parents' Cypress Park home, and investigators are searching for a fourth man wanted for the slaying.

Arrest Warrant Issued for Fourth Man in Deputy's Slaying

City News Service

An arrest warrant was issued for a fourth suspect in the slaying of Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Juan Escalante, who was killed in front of his parents' home last summer, authorities said today.

Funeral Services to be Held for LAPD Gang Officer

Daily News Wire Services

Funeral services will be held today for a diminutive LAPD anti-gang detective who recently died after a 7-year-battle with cancer. Services for Janine Manji, a 13-year LAPD veteran who died April 13, will be held at 10 a.m. at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo, south of downtown Los Angeles.

Antonio: Get Rid of "Deadwood" at City Hall, Kiss of Death for Jack Weiss


Forget furloughs and pay cuts and no raises and free hours of work and all the other proposals mentioned in the mayor's budget plan. What Villaraigosa wants is an unbelievably costly plan to offer early retirement to thousands of city workers by giving them five extra years credit on their pensions.

Mayor Set to Confront City Unions Over Cuts

Daily News

A day after releasing a budget that calls for shared sacrifice, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa launched a campaign to rally support for a menu of employee concessions that are already proving unappetizing to city unions.

Villaraigosa Prefers Early Retirement to Layoffs

Los Angeles Times

Seeking to close a $530-million budget gap, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday that he favored cutting workers through early retirement offers instead of layoffs because eliminating "deadwood" and retaining younger, more productive workers would disrupt fewer services.

LAPD Wife: I'm All A'Twitter!

I've been checking out Twitter and decided to try it out. I'm still unsure if this will be something that will just complicate my life and add one more item to my already too-long to-do list, or... it may be an exercise that will allow more people to find me and feel like we're keeping in touch and closer than the blog atmosphere allows.

Paralyzed LAPD Officer Bikes In Boston Marathon


Kristina Ripatti, a former LAPD officer who was shot and paralyzed by a robbery suspect in 2006, recently participated in the grueling Boston Marathon.

City Budget

City News Service

A $7 billion spending plan unveiled today by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa relies on renegotiating employee contracts and privatizing municipal facilities and parking to eliminate a $530 million deficit.

L.A. Faces Financial Judgment Day

Daily News

After a year of constant adjustments to the $7.2 billion spending plan, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today is set to release his 2009-10 budget - one that is expected to require thousands of layoffs, cuts in nearly all departments and higher fees for residents.

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