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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


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.

Adam-12 - Season Two

It took over three years for someone to come out with season two, but now that Shout! Factory looks to be picking up some of Universal's leftover TV library titles, we may eventually see the entire Adam-12 series out on disc. And how great will that be? Executive Producers Jack Webb's and Robert A. Cinader's docudrama ode to the highly trained uniformed LAPD police officer, Adam-12 may play "square" to some new

Train crash victims warned of unethical lawyers

Ventura County Star

Acting on complaints about lawyer solicitation, the State Bar of California is sending letters to victims of the Sept. 12 Metrolink accident to educate them about lawyer behavior that is unethical and, in some cases, criminal.

No on Proposition 5

Los Angeles Times Editorial

Proposition 5 follows in the tradition of California ballot measures lined with good intentions and stuffed with disaster. It lures voters with a comforting mirage: a revamped and rational policy for treating drug addiction as an illness and confronting it through rehabilitation instead of punishment. But that's not what it would deliver.



Santa Clara County supervisors Tuesday voted to oppose two state proposals, arguing policy and budget concerns.

Schwarzenegger outlaws text-messaging while driving

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

California drivers chafing at the ban on holding cellphones can soon forget about texting, too: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has banned motorists from sending, writing or reading messages on electronic devices starting Jan. 1.

LAPD Update - September Newsletter - Noho Arts District

by LAPD Officer Catalano

Over the last few weeks, we have experienced some crime trends new to our area. Numerous community members discovered their vehicle sitting on cement blocks with the tires and rims missing as they approached it. All the vehicles involved were high-end models, mostly consisting of BMW’s and Mercedes Benz. Surprisingly, the majority of vehicles were parked in secured underground parking structures.

IRS rule would eliminate early retirement options

Las Vegas Review Journal

A major change proposed by the IRS for public pension plans, including Nevada's public employee retirement system, could eliminate early retirement pay for government employees in less than two years.

Los Angeles Police Dept. Now Takes Tips Via Texting

By Rick Orlov

Under the program, people who want to provide information on crimes, but keep their identity secret, can text to CRIMES (274637), type in LAPD and text any information they might have on a crime. They will receive a text message back that the tip was received and they will be given an alias to use if a reward is available.

Hundreds attend funeral of LAPD officer killed in Metrolink crash

Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

Hundreds of mourners gathered this morning at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels for the funeral of a Los Angeles police officer killed in last week's catastrophic Metrolink crash in Chatsworth.

Graffiti Ordinance

Supervisor Gloria Molina led the effort to draft the law in response to the fatal shooting of Maria Hicks, 58, who was killed Aug. 10, 2007, when she tried to stop a vandal from defacing a wall near her home in Pico Rivera. The average cost of removing or painting over graffiti is $522 per incident, according to county Chief Executive Officer William Fujioka, and the effort to nab taggers costs $665 per offender.

Memorial for Officer Desha at Holy Cross Mortuary in Culver City

Los Angeles Times

Allan and Sha Moran, the parents of LAPD Officer Spree Desha, and her sister, Mariah, center, attend a memorial for the officer at Holy Cross Mortuary in Culver City on Wednesday.

Veteran L.A. County Prosecutor Dies at 55

Veteran prosecutor Ken Lamb, who tried more than 600 felony cases during a 25-year career with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, has died of cancer, authorities said today. Lamb -- who was called the ``Babe Ruth of felony trials'' by colleagues - - died Tuesday at his Long Beach home at age 55.

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