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18 arrested in sweep of San Gabriel Valley's Red Door gang

Pasadena Star-News

Authorities targeting a San Gabriel Valley-based Asian crime syndicate arrested 18 people Wednesday morning indicted on drug trafficking and international marriage fraud charges.

LA judge orders 2 men to stand trial for deputy's slaying

KPCC

A Los Angeles judge today ordered two alleged gang members to stand trial for the August 2008 slaying of a sheriff's deputy, who was gunned down outside his Cypress Park home as he was about to leave for work at Men's Central Jail.

Reward offered in post-prom slaying

Torrance Daily Breeze

Reward offered in post-prom slaying.

LAPD threatens to arrest cyclists after incident at Ralphs parking lot

LA Times blog

Los Angeles officials vowed to arrest and prosecute cyclists for incidents like the one Friday night in which hundreds of riders swarmed a Ralphs parking lot and broke out beer and marijuana, with some riding into the store and through the aisles.

Fight to resume California executions intensifies

San Jose Mercury News

With California prosecutors pushing full speed ahead to resume executions after a hiatus of more than four years, a federal judge in San Jose on Tuesday suggested he may not have the power to block the state's effort to put a condemned Riverside County killer to death next week, despite an unresolved legal challenge to the state's lethal injection procedures.

Seeing through a cop's eyes

LA Times

A run through the LAPD's deadly-force video simulator offers a new perspective on officer-involved shootings.

Talks collapse as Santa Barbara police union, city officials battle over retirement benefits

Santa Barbara Daily Sound

Sgt. Mike McGrew accuses Santa Barbara city administrator Jim Armstrong of hiding money.

U.S. faces $6.6 trillion retirement gap

TheStreet

There's a $6.6 trillion gap between the pensions and retirement savings of U.S. households and what they should have to maintain their living standards in retirement -- and the gap is growing.

Cell, iPod distractions leading to crimes

ABC-7

Police say there is a growing problem with thieves and muggers preying on people distracted by the high-tech gadgets they're using. They're warning people to be more aware of their surroundings.

Recession officially ended in June 2009, but California still struggles

Sacramento Bee

There – feel better now? The recession was declared over Monday.

Chula Vista may have to lay off police officers

CBS-8 San Diego

When it comes to fighting violent crime, Chula Vista is one of the safest cities in California.

Health reform changes rolling out this week

HealthyCal

Six months after Congress and President Barack Obama overhauled the nation’s health care laws, some of the first major provisions are set to take effect later this week.

Meg Whitman talks pensions, prisons, unions with Bee editorial board

Sacramento Bee

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman told The Sacramento Bee editorial board this morning that, if elected, she'll negotiate with the three biggest public employee unions to create 401(k)-style retirement plans for new state workers.

Greater enforcement is key for distracted-driver laws, recent crackdowns show

Washington Post

Send police on a mission and they will catch a bucketload of people violating laws against cellphone use behind the wheel, but laws without enforcement seem to get ignored.

Appeals court overturns injunction against executions in California

LA Times blog

A state appeals court Monday removed one of the few remaining impediments to the resumption of executions in California, helping clear the way for the lethal injection of an inmate later this month.

$50,000 reward to be offered in fatal South Park shooting

LA Times blog

Police plan to announce a $50,000 reward Monday for information on the shooting death of a 23-year-old woman in South Park.

Police union issues strong rebuttal to state Sen. Romero's remarks on Jamines shooting

LA Times blog

The union representing Los Angeles police officers lashed out Monday with an unusually personal, strongly worded retort to comments by state Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) regarding a recent fatal shooting by an LAPD officer.

Senior California state workers axed, then spared

Sacramento Bee

The California Department of Consumer Affairs last week told 23 of its oldest employees – including one who is 81 – they must retire by the end of the year, having for years overlooked a state law requiring them to retire when they turned 65.

Thousands of state inmates shut out of the classroom

California Watch

Fewer than one in every ten California inmates are enrolled in an educational program, despite a pledge by state officials to enhance rehabilitation efforts in order to cut recidivism and relieve prison overcrowding.

SWAT officers gathering in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

If you spot an out-of-town SWAT convoy rolling through Downtown [Pittsburgh] this week, it's probably not an emergency, but it would be best to get out of the way.

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