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CHP Officer Struck and Killed on Freeway

KTLA News - December 15, 2008

A 29 year old California Highway Patrol officer was struck and killed as he directed traffic early Monday morning on the rain-slick Pomona (60) Freeway in Hacienda Heights.

Los Angeles Prosecutors' Union Sued for Changing Bylaws, Calling Off Election

Daily Journal Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES - A prosecutor has sued the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, alleging that the bargaining representative for the county's deputy prosecutors illegally changed its bylaws and canceled October elections.

Targeting L.A.'s 18th Street Gang

Los Angeles Times Editorial

An adjacent area, according to the same suit, is run by Sergio Pantoja, known as "Tricky," from the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles. The area around MacArthur Park is said to be controlled by Ruben Castro, called "Nite Owl" and "Tecolote," from the Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution.

Layoffs Possible as L.A. Tries to Balance City Budget

By ALICE WALTON, City News Service

For the first time in 25 years, the city of Los Angeles might lay off workers for budgetary reasons. Raising the fee to spay or neuter pets, adding fewer left-turn arrows on city streets and selling under-used fire stations and libraries were also among the ``bleak'' recommendations Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made today to reduce an estimated $86 million deficit.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says $30 Million in Cuts Needed

By Rick Orlov, Staff Writer

In another grim economic warning Friday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said an additional $30 million in cuts will be needed this month to balance the city's projected $7.2 billion budget this year.

Villaraigosa is Negotiating Voluntary Retirement Plan with L.A. Employee Unions

By Maeve Reston

Hoping to avert layoffs next year, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is negotiating a voluntary retirement plan with the city's employee unions that could affect as many as several thousand workers.

Avenues Gang Members Arrested in Slaying of L.A. Sheriff's Deputy

By Richard Winton and Ari B. Bloomekatz

Two gang members have been arrested in the shooting death of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Juan Abel Escalante, who was gunned down outside his parents' Cypress Park home in August as he prepared to go to work, law enforcement officials announced this afternoon.

Simi Valley Cops get 7 Percent Pay Hike

By Carissa Marsh cmarsh@theacorn.com

Simi Valley police officers will see a 7.05 percent raise in total pay in their December paychecks as part of a contract negotiated four years ago, the city announced last week.

Chick Vows to Carry on Legal Fight with City Attorney

By Rick Orlov, Staff Writer

An angry and defiant City Controller Laura Chick, rebuffed by the City Council in her request for $100,000 to hire a private attorney, said Wednesday she will not back down from her legal fight with City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo.

Crime in Los Angeles Declines

Fox News

Crime in the city of Los Angeles has declined about 3 percent and gang-related crime has dropped 11 percent compared to this time last year, police Chief William Bratton said today.

Simmons Park

A proposal to name a Reseda park after the first Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officer to die in the line of duty was unanimously approved today by the Los Angeles City Council.

Stairwell Assaults

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles police today released a photo and composite drawing of a suspect believed responsible for sexual assaults on two victims, including a 13-year-old girl, in building stairwells.

Crime Stats

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Crime in the city of Los Angeles has declined about 3 percent and gang-related crime has dropped 11 percent compared to this time last year, police Chief William Bratton said today.

Villaraigosa backs public works plan

Contra Costa Times

He joined Monday with the mayors of New York and Chicago to outline a nearly $180 billion public works program. In a plea to the Obama administration to funnel public works money through city government, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined Monday with the mayors of New York and Chicago to outline a nearly $180 billion public works program.

L.A. sues 18th Street gang members, seeking cash damages for Pico-Union and Westlake neighborhoods

Los Angeles Times

City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo's suit targets criminals' homes and assets. Defendants include Mexican Mafia leaders Ruben 'Nite Owl' Castro and Frank 'Puppet' Martinez.

Why Can’t Cops Enforce Immigration Laws?

In Los Angeles, we will soon learn the results of a petition drive aimed at placing Jamiel’s Law on ballots for the city’s May 2009 municipal election. The proposed law, written by upstart mayoral candidate Walter Moore, would give Los Angeles Police Department officers a more active role in identifying and apprehending illegal alien street gang members.

How do you decrease risk?

Teens visiting social networking sites or who are blogging should be educated about what not to say online. Giving out birth dates, home addresses, parents' names and school name is enough for someone to order your child's birth certificate and begin the ID theft process.

How does it happen?

In July 2008, Tanya Allen, 44, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, was informed that her teen son's identity could have been compromised due to the theft of a school district laptop.

Check Their Credit

How do you find out if your child's identity has compromised? It's not easy and, unfortunately, a minor's credit report can't be checked online.

A Growing Problem

A report by Debix Identity Protection Services, a credit monitoring service, also suggests child ID crimes are on the rise, with 5 percent of 500 children showing proof of tampered identity.

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