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Amid budget crisis, state balks at limiting checkpoint impounds

California Watch

For one night last week, the entire state budget became tangled in the complex legal and political issues surrounding sobriety checkpoints – and the financial strain they put on California's unlicensed drivers.

Watts man shot by LAPD was hit in the back after pointing gun at officers, police sources say

LA Times

Los Angeles police Tuesday released some details surrounding the fatal shooting of an armed man by an LAPD officer last week in a housing project.

$50K reward offered in Sylmar party shooting


A $50,000 reward is being offered to solve the case of a drive-by shooting that wounded six people including two children at a Sylmar birthday party.

Valley Village slaying suspect captured in Mexico

LA Times blog

A 34-year-old parolee charged in absentia by Los Angeles County prosecutors with fatally stabbing a Valley Village woman during a burglary and setting fire to her home was apprehended Tuesday in Mexico, authorities said.

Tight budgets lead to more civilians used for policing

USA Today

Police agencies across the country are recruiting thousands of civilians for a growing number of duties previously performed by uniformed cops, in an unusual concession to local budget cuts.

CalPERS fires pension fund adviser

Sacramento Bee

CalPERS today severed its ties with Pacific Corporate Group, a longstanding investment advisor that had close ties to the man accused of bribing CalPERS officials.

San Diego County authorities seek 50 sex offenders accused of violating parole

LA Times blog

San Diego County law enforcement agencies are hunting for more than 50 sex offenders in the area who are in violation of various probation and parole regulations, officials said Monday.

Whore-Gate: Who’s in Bed With Jerry Brown?

Pajamas Media

Why would the union that represents LAPD officers even think of endorsing liberal Jerry Brown to reprise his disastrous turn as California's governor? Because politics is full of compromising positions.

Man pleads not guilty in murder-for-hire case

LA Daily News

Burbank resident allegedly sought to kill L.A. officer for impounding car.

Meg Whitman "Whore" Controversy: Los Angeles Police Union Official Appalled

LA Weekly blog

The Los Angeles police union official who received the voicemail in which Jerry Brown or his aide called Meg Whitman a "whore" said Friday that he was appalled by the remark.

High cost of crime

NY Times Op-Ed

When times get hard and talk turns to spending and budgets, there is one area that gets short shrift: the cost of crime and our enormous criminal justice system.

California enters 100th day without a budget

Associated Press

California entered its record 100th day without a budget Friday as state lawmakers worked through the night without reaching final agreement on a plan to close a $19 billion budget deficit.

Budget would remove felons from home care jobs

LA Times blog

The budget package lawmakers are set to vote on Thursday includes new rules that would restrict violent felons from working in the state's massive home healthcare program.

LA police: Pharmacy driver kidnapped, drugs stolen

Associated Press

Two robbers dressed as police officers held up a pharmaceutical delivery truck Thursday and kidnapped the driver before stealing its entire cargo of drugs, police said.

LAPD to honor fallen Hollywood officers

Torrance Daily Breeze

The Los Angeles Police Department will hold a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to honor seven officers killed in the line of duty while assigned to the Hollywood station.

LAPD defends officers in fatal shooting of suspect

Torrance Daily Breeze

Police officers who fatally shot a suspect holding an assault rifle were in an unmarked car and wearing "full police uniforms," Los Angeles Police Department officials said in a statement released tonight.

Villaraigosa says city to target domestic violence

LA Daily News

Citing his own childhood experience with domestic violence, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Wednesday a beefed-up effort by the LAPD to address the issue.

L.A. police commissioner's role questioned in domestic abuse case

LA Times blog

The role a Los Angeles police commissioner played in the domestic abuse case of a popular sports columnist raised questions of whether she faced a conflict of interest, said the head of the city’s police union.

Dramatic changes to California driver's licenses beef up security

Sacramento Bee

State officials on Wednesday unveiled a dramatic new design for California driver's license cards, using technological advances they say put the state years ahead of counterfeiters.

LAPD identifies suspect in 1994 murder case

LA Times blog

A suspect has been identified in a 1994 murder case in which a 73-year-old Studio City man was slain by a burglar, Los Angeles police said Wednesday night.

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