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Fallen officer honored in Reseda

KABC

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Fallen LAPD SWAT officer Randal Simmons was given a special honor Friday.

State Budget Crunch Worries Local Government Leaders

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Los Angeles city and county leaders say the community will be in trouble if the state takes local dollars in order to balance the budget.

Cop's Return

LOS ANGELES (CNS)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A police sergeant returned to his job at the Los Angeles Police Department today after serving two tours of duty in Iraq.

ATF, LAPD 'takedowns' yield 38 arrests, seizure of 119 firearms

Two gang "takedowns" over consecutive days in Los Angeles resulted in the arrest of 38 reputed gang members and associates suspected of selling guns and drugs, federal and local law enforcement officials announced Thursday

Chick must choose: mayor or taxpayers?

LA Daily News

It's no surprise that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa conned city taxpayers on the trash-collection fee hike. The trash-collection fee hike is simply the latest in the long and troubling line of City Hall spending hustles.

Help us protect funding for police, fire, and other city services!

I am writing to let you know that funding for crucial public safety and other City of Los Angeles services is at risk.

Joe Wambaugh: The Writer Who Redefined LAPD

NPR

Long-time police officer Joe Wambaugh wrote the best-selling book The Onion Field in three months during a leave of absence from. Here he visits his old stomping grounds, the Hollywood police department.

LAPD's rank and file thank the community for it's support

Veronique de Turenne

The billboard pretty much says it all, a blend of photos of slain SWAT Officer Randal Simmons backed by scenes from his funeral and topped with a thank you note from the LAPD. Simmons was 51 when a gunman shot him to death, and his funeral became one of the largest and most elaborate in LAPD history.

Attorney Alan Skobin Gets New Term on Police Commission

The Los Angeles City Council yesterday confirmed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s nomination of attorney Alan Skobin to a second five-year term on the city’s civilian Police Commission.

Federal appeals court upholds $15-million civil award for Rampart police officers

The panel supports a jury's verdict that the LAPD and city violated the rights of the three men by arresting and charging them without adequate evidence during their division's corruption scandal.

Reward Offered

CNS

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A $25,000 reward was offered today for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fatal shooting of two men in the Van Nuys area.

Gang-prevention parcel tax on its way to ballot

With a leading critic absent, the Los Angeles City Council pushed through a measure for the Nov. 4 ballot asking property owners to pay $36 a year to fund citywide gang-prevention and -intervention programs

No run for governor by Villaraigosa -- yet

Los Angeles Times

A day after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that he is exploring a run for governor, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa deflected questions about whether he will join what is expected to be a packed field of Democrats.

L.A. city layoffs down to just four

Kerry Cavanaugh

Despite dire warnings that Los Angeles city workers would face layoffs to balance a severe budget deficit, just four workers could potentially lose their jobs.

Villaraigosa's fundraising calendar

LA Times

Here is a list of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's fundraisers in the past two weeks. The invitations were filed with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission.

Bratton, Villaraigosa cheer a 7.2% dip in violent crime in Los Angeles -- not counting homicide

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

More police, youth programs and a gang crackdown are credited with a year-to-date decline compared to the same time last year. As for homicides, they're up so far but trending down now, Bratton says.

LAPD Releases Results of DNA Study

LAPD

Los Angeles: A Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) study found that DNA technology increased the likelihood of solving property crimes.

Fearmongering worked to kill police accountability

LAPPL

The Los Angeles Police Protective League's mission is, ostensibly, to serve the desires of its members - the officers of the LAPD. So if the PPL's latest actions are any guide, accountability and credibility are apparently not among the rank and file's desires.

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