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Red-light cameras haven't improved safety, L.A. city controller says

LA Times blog

Los Angeles’ much-debated red light camera program has bypassed some of the city’s most dangerous intersections, cost more than $2.5 million over the last two years and failed to adequately demonstrate an improvement in safety, according to an audit due to be released Wednesday by City Controller Wendy Greuel.

LAPD's Rampart station evacuated following threat connected to officer-involved shooting

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles Police Department evacuated its Rampart Area station Tuesday after an envelope containing an unknown powder was found at the station.

Pomona to cut new cops' retirement pay

Contra Costa Times

City leaders recently gave preliminary approval to a proposed ordinance leading to changes in retirement benefits affecting future members of the Police Department.

L.A. ranks 7th among large U.S. cities in drunken driving violations

Torrance Daily Breeze

Los Angeles is seventh among the nation's 20 largest cities in the percentage of drivers with alcohol-related driving violations, according to a study released today.

L.A. gets $155M federal grant for communications

Torrance Daily Breeze

In an effort to improve communication among first-responders during fires, earthquakes and other disasters, Los Angeles area officials Monday announced the receipt of a $155 million federal grant to develop a regional radio system.

Lunch, show to benefit Harbor LAPD

Torrance Daily Breeze

Volunteers at Harbor LITES of Los Angeles Harbor will host their third annual fundraiser for the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division on Oct. 16.

Safety group to consider endorsing a total ban on cell phone use while driving

San Jose Mercury News

This could be a pivotal day in the battle to curb the growing dangers of cell phone use and texting while behind the wheel.

Executions to resume in California Wednesday

San Diego Union-Tribune

Man convicted of raping, murdering teen girl in 1980 scheduled to be he first inmate to be put to death in nearly four years.

Double gang-related slayings in Glassell Park

City News Service

Los Angeles police today sought suspects in the gang-related slaying of two brothers and the wounding of a third man.

Schwarzenegger signs bills to aid search for missing children

LA Times

Governor approves 76 measures, including one allowing people to bet on which racehorses will lose.

Governor, lawmakers reach a budget framework -- not a deal

Sacramento Bee

State leaders broke a dubious record today as California entered the 86th day of the fiscal year without enacting a budget.

LAPD sergeant gets a sendoff to match his medals

LA Daily News

Feb. 28, 1997: Two armored gunmen with fully automatic rifles storm a Bank of America branch in North Hollywood, resulting in a 44-minute shootout with police that injures 12 officers and seven civilians and leaves both robbers dead.

Auditor: Databases unreliable on parolees, radioactive waste

California Watch blog

State databases designed to measure contract spending, parolee histories, Medi-Cal reimbursements and nearly 30 other pieces of information are unreliable or incomplete, according to a study by State Auditor Elaine Howle.

Virginia's execution of a woman may signal shift in national thinking

LA Times

Her death breaks with traditional queasiness over such punishment for female criminals. Legal scholars say fewer women are given capital sentences because they are less likely to kill.

California has paid scores of criminals to care for residents

LA Times

The rules of the state's home healthcare program, as interpreted by a judge this year, permit such felons to work as aides. Among their crimes are rape, assault and theft.

Vallejo cops share public's unease

Vallejo Times-Herald

Longer emergency response times irk not only Vallejo's residents, but also its police officers.

Budget woes force Chula Vista police layoffs

10 News San Diego

Thirty-three Chula Vista Police Department officers were laid off Thursday as part of the latest round of job cuts that have plagued San Diego County’s second biggest city.

Oakland Police Chief to fight crime with data

The Bay Citizen

[Oakland] PD Chief Tony Batts presented his long-term plan last night to a cash-strapped City Council that was forced to lay off 80 of his officers in July.

Accountability works both ways

Police Magazine blog

It’s not hard to separate dumb cops from their badges. But separating politicos from office who pass unqualified judgments against us is another matter.

L.A. on track for record-low number of killings, police chief says

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday that the city is on pace to finish the year with fewer than 300 homicides, which would mark about a 75% decline in killings since the city’s peak in the early 1990s, reaching a low not seen in several decades.

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