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Caruso to decide on LA mayoral run this week

Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert

The filing deadline for the race is Nov. 8. Caruso, a Republican, could self-finance his candidacy -- a major advantage with the primary election scheduled in March, less than five months away.

Show Him the Money

Downtown News

Why is this mayor smiling? Possibly because five months before his next election he has raised $2.15 million more than his closest competitor. Photo by Gary Leonard. Well, almost everyone.

Protective League backs Prop. 6

Daily News Blog

It already has come out against Proposition 5, the measure expanding drug diversion programs, and on behalf of state Sen Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, for county supervisors.

Caruso: I can win

By Kevin Roderick

I caught up with Rick Caruso tonight at The Grove — not by accident — and asked if he intends to go for it and challenge Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's reelection next year.

Chief Bratton's Terror Alert

By RON KAYE

Police Chief William Bratton added fuel to speculation he's aiming for head of Homeland Security or the FBI if Barack Obama wins the presidency by authoring an opinion piece in the New York Daily ...

Police Honor Versatile Volunteer

By Veronica Rocha

Local of 20 years has worked with various city groups, which earned him an award last week.

ICA flexes muscles on uncollected bills

BY Mark R. Madler, Staff Reporter

When members of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association met with Los Angeles officials on how they could bring in money by collecting on unpaid bills they received no disagreement.

L.A. mayor warns businesses of tough times ahead

LA Daily News

Pledging to continue his efforts to help business even in the perilous economic times, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday warned business leaders the city is in for continued hard times.

California Judges Association Opposes Severe Threat of Prop. 5

The California Judges Association has taken the extraordinarily rare action of stating a formal position on a statewide ballot measure. The Judges Association announced today its formal opposition to Proposition 5 on this November's ballot.

30 arrested in sweep targeting South L.A. gang members

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

A sweep by the Los Angeles Police Department and federal agents Tuesday netted at least 30 arrests in an operation targeting illegal weapons possession and drug dealing by South Los Angeles gang members.

LAPD: System will improve behavior

By Rachel Uranga

Defending significant changes in how it punishes officers, LAPD officials told the civilian Police Commission on Tuesday that a disciplinary system that gives supervisors greater discretion will better hold cops accountable for misconduct.

Judges believe Proposition 5's flaws are fatal

Sacramento Bee

Normally, judges take no positions on propositions. However, when ballot measures directly affect the administration of justice, judges can and do voice their opinions. That is the case with Proposition 5.

Senator Feinstein Opposes "Dangerous" Prop. 5

"Not only would Prop 5 reduce accountability, it could allow gang-members and other criminals accused of identity theft, domestic violence, child abuse, car theft, killing someone while driving under the influence and a host of other serious crimes to effectively escape prosecution."

A single voice pushes for safety in South L.A.

Al Martinez

I'm not sure that the efforts of Marsha Bolden, a disabled woman in South Los Angeles, will achieve what she has in mind, but I admire her willingness to try and her determination not to give up.

Editorial: Proposition 5, a get-soft drug initiative, won't work

Mercury News Editorial

Promises, promises. Proposition 5 promises to rehabilitate substance-abusing criminals and save money by keeping non-violent offenders out of jail or prison. But this very complex initiative would let drug dealers, drunken drivers, child abusers, burglars, thieves, con artists, embezzlers and others stay on the streets ...

Steve Poizner Opposes Proposition 5

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner today announced his formal opposition to Proposition 5 on this November's ballot. Commissioner Poizner issued the following statement:

Rethink Spending on Anti-Terrorism

USA TODAY

The government doles out too much anti-terrorism money to towns and cities for emergency equipment that rarely gets used while cash-strapped police struggle with crime ...

PROP. 5: A rehabilitation ruse

Daily Breeze Editorial

Proposition 5 sounds good. Its authors say it would provide more drug treatment and rehabilitation programs for California's nonviolent offenders. This, in turn, would supposedly save the state billions of dollars due to reduced costs in prison and parole operations.

Law enforcement, LA city leaders push for Proposition 11

By Ben van der Meer

Category: Governor, LocalTags: Proposition 11, Nov. 4 election, Arnold Schwarzenegger A group of leaders and law enforcement officials from Southern California made their push for Proposition 11 Wednesday, saying redistricting reform would help law enforcement have a bigger voice in Sacramento.

No on Proposition 5

San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial

Saddled with a variety of seemingly intractable problems, California's criminal justice system is a deeply frustrating mess. Among the groups upset with this mess are those who think the state's initiative-driven tough-on-crime approach is overly punitive of drug offenders and should instead focus on their rehabilitation.

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