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Sheriff's Department says East L.A. gang member on parole shot deputy in face

LA Times blog

An East L.A. gang member out of prison on parole was identified Wednesday by sheriff's officials as the person who shot a deputy in the face.

East L.A. shooting leaves deputy wounded, suspect dead

LA Times

Authorities say Deputy Mohamed Ahmed was shot in the face while on patrol with his training officer; he is in critical condition. The other officer shot the gunman after an apparent struggle, a source says.

Sacramento Grand Jury: Budget cuts are eroding public safety

Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento County grand jury has taken a snapshot of how budget cuts have hurt a wide-range of government programs - and it's not pretty.

Los Angeles city leaders divided over how to address widening budget deficit


The Los Angeles City Council has scheduled what’s expected to be a heated debate Wednesday over the city’s deteriorating finances.

Deputy shot in East L.A. described as rising leader, praised by Sheriff Baca

LA Times blog

Mohamed Ahmed, the deputy wounded Tuesday in a shootout in East L.A., was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday as family and colleagues rallied by his side.

Parks reelection challenger boasts of endorsements from two key L.A. unions

LA Times blog

A challenger to Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks boasted Wednesday that she has secured the backing of two major public employee unions in the March 8 election, including one that represents workers at the Department of Water and Power.

Justices Look Again at How Police May Search Homes

New York Times

More than 60 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that the police were not entitled to enter a residence without a warrant merely because they smelled burning opium.

Jerry Brown calls for major shifts of state prisoners to county jail

San Jose Mercury News

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday called for a major shift of state prisoners to the county jail system, a plan aimed at saving the state money, reducing overcrowded prisons and attempting to better handle juveniles and low-level offenders who cycle through the justice system at great cost to the public.

LA gang police quit over financial disclosure


Dozens of members of the Los Angeles Police Department's anti-gang unit are opting out and are returning to regular patrols over a requirement to reveal personal financial information.

Villaraigosa says he will lay off more city workers if parking garage deal is abandoned

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sent a letter Monday urging the City Council to move ahead with his plan to get budget revenue by leasing nine parking garages to a private company, saying he will lay off more employees if the deal is abandoned.

Cops tackle social media at SMILE conference

Police Magazine

It's now become nearly impossible for law enforcement agencies to remain uninvolved in social media. However much you might try to avoid it, it's out there and its use is growing.

Los Angeles gang police quit over financial rules

The Washington Post

Dozens of anti-gang police officers across the city are quitting their assignments over a requirement to reveal personal financial information under strict anti-corruption rules, The Associated Press has learned.

Crime alerts for Valley Glen, West Los Angeles and six other L.A. neighborhoods

LA Times blog

Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in eight L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

Daily News editorial: Public safety funding first

LA Daily News Editorial

Los Angeles is now one of the safest big cities in the nation. Once derided as the nation's capital of gang violence and imagined as a violent metropolis of drive-by shootings and rampant crime, L.A. has managed a dramatic turnaround.

Cyclists fear new law will mean less punishment for bike thieves

LA Times blog

BICYCLE THIEF: Streetsblog Los Angeles looks at how some of the new year's new laws will affect urban movement. First up: The value threshold for grand theft charges must now be at least $950 (previously $400), meaning that bicycle thieves could face fewer penalties for stealing:

Villaraigosa cites officer hiring level in crime dip

LA Daily News

COUNCIL: Mayor wants city to continue staffing LAPD and cut budget elsewhere.

California investigates inmate's Facebook account

Associated Press

California officials are investigating a state prison inmate they suspect used a Facebook account to post messages to his mother and others from behind bars.

'Grim Sleeper' photos: 4 missing persons cases opened, 53 women identified

LA Times blog

Los Angeles police detectives said Thursday they are investigating at least four missing persons cases as a result of publicizing photos seized from the South Los Angeles property of alleged "Grim Sleeper" serial slaying suspect Lonnie David Franklin Jr.

L.A. budget chief says police hiring at risk without lease of city parking garages

LA Times

The mayor's top financial advisor says even if a deal is reached, L.A. still needs to pursue a 'drastic' round of short-term cuts that would be among the deepest of the city's current financial crisis.

L.A. budget director paints grim picture of city's finances

Contra Costa Times

The Los Angeles budget director Wednesday painted an even grimmer picture of the city's financial health, saying steeper cuts - including 10 more furlough days and shutting down some departments one day a week - would be needed to balance this year's spending plan.

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