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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.

Under-18 Identity Theft On the Rise

CreditCards.com, TX

Infants responsible for $600,000 mortgages. Teens unknowingly carrying six credit cards in five states. College students unable to get loans because their credit histories were destroyed before they were born.

Nuisance Ordinance

The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously approved an ordinance that makes it easier for the city to shut down businesses connected to illegal drugs, alcohol and prostitution.

Driver Who Fled After Hitting Boy in South L.A.

By James Wagner

Adrian Tejada was hit when he chased after a soccer ball as he and a friend played about 6 p.m. Monday in the 6900 block of Estrella Avenue, said officials with the Los Angeles Police Department. Adrian was hit on his left side by the right front of the gray minivan, witnesses and police said.

District Attorney Takes Historic Third Oath of Office

By a MetNews Staff Writer

Three was the magic number yesterday for Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, who was sworn in for his third term at a 3 p.m. ceremony, becoming the third person to serve three consecutive terms in the office’s history.

Boy, 7, Badly Injured in Hit and Run in South L.A.

By Richard Winton

A 7-year-old boy was critically injured Monday night in South Los Angeles when he was run over by a motorist who fled the scene, police said.

Villaraigosa says he won't join Obama administration

Los Angeles Times

Despite increased speculation that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa may be heading to Washington, he said Monday that he would not be joining President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet.

Help sought to ID shooter involved in Valley slaying

Daily News

Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the person responsible for the shooting death of 21-year-old Luis Morales.

Top Cop in Los Angeles Says Cutting Crime Pays

By Gabriel Kahn

Shrinking budgets are forcing such cities as Phoenix, Portland, Ore., and San Diego to make deep cuts, including to police. But Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has grown his department with a persuasive argument about the financial costs of crime.

Ethel Bradley dies at 89; wife of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley

By Valerie J. Nelson

Ethel Bradley, who was the longest-reigning first lady of Los Angeles as the wife of the city's first black mayor, Tom Bradley, has died. She was 89.

L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy's Killing Remains a Mystery

By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton

When Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Juan Abel Escalante was gunned down in August outside his boyhood home in Cypress Park, theories abounded on possible suspects and a motive.

Police bust San Fernando Valley auto theft, burglary ring

By Brandon Lowrey, Staff Writer

A brazen band of thieves made up of 11 young men have been charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cars, jewelry and electronics from dozens of San Fernando Valley residents over the last two months, police said today.

Potential Flood & Mudslide Warning

Heavy rains have been forecast for the Los Angeles area starting tonight and lasting through Thanksgiving weekend, bringing the possibility of flooding and mudslides in the areas that recently experienced wildfires.

LA Ranked 158 in Crime, Report Says

LAist.com

New Orleans earned the unfortunate top city ranking in crime, according to a Congressional Quarterly book based off 2007 statistics from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

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