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Notes from the December 16, 2008 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Police Chief William Bratton announced that overall gang crime will finish down for the year. He added there is going to be an announcement regarding a major gang initiative at the end of January. Chief Bratton also said the Department is the most diverse it has ever been with 10% black, 46% Hispanic, 5% Asian and 39% white officers on the force.

Volunteers Train Dogs for Police Search Work

By Sylvie Belmond belmond@theacorn.com

Grossman is training Dino to locate human remains and notify his human friend when suspicious scents are discovered. The puppy is doing quite well, having found all three human bone fragments hidden by Grossman at the base of tree trunks during a brief demo training session at Tierra Rejada Park last Friday.

Los Angeles City Budget. What's Important To You?

Los Angeles City is facing major financial challenges over the next few years that will affect many facets of each of our lives. Mayor Villaraigosa and other City leaders are asking for your input on the performance and necessity of the services provided by the City and to help them place priorities on the levels to maintain.

Posters Stress a Strong Message, Anti-Graffiti Contest.

By Katharine A. Diaz

Anette J. Jacobs, director of Kid Watch, said, “It was great to see through their art that the students understand the consequences of graffiti on individuals and on public property. I think what stands out the most to me is that the students are aware of the Kid Watch Program looking out for them and that our safety partners are really on our side in the community.”

It's a Budget Decision

Sue Pascoe, Staff Writer

City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and L.A. Police Chief William Bratton hosted a town hall meeting attended by more than 300 people last Thursday to address concerns about the loss of police officers from the West and Pacific Police Divisions due to the opening of two new police stations.

CHP Officer Killed

KNBC-TV

HACIENDA HEIGHTS (CNS) - A California Highway Patrol officer was fatally struck by a vehicle as he directed traffic at the scene of a previous accident on the rain-slick Pomona (60) Freeway in Hacienda Heights early today, authorities said. The fatal crash, reported at 4:20 a.m., happened west of Azusa Avenue, said CHP Officer T. Liu.

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.

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