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'It was a terrifying time'

LA Times

More than 100 women died during a 10-year period that serial killers roamed South L.A.

Daley walks fine line on crime

Chicago Sun-Times

Homicides down, but city has a PR war on its hands

John Mack and Alan Skobin re-elected President, V.P., of Police Commission

LA Weekly

John W. Mack has been unanimously re-elected president of the Police Commission, the LAPD's civilian oversight board. Alan Skobin was re-elected vice-president.

Burning Santa Barbara Body Identified As A Popular L.A. Restaurant Worker


Victim worked at a Tarzana restaurant that was popular with the LAPD.

Simi Valley extends pay cut for police

Ventura County Star

The Simi Valley City Council on Monday approved a revised labor contract with the city’s Police Officers’ Association, which extends a 3.43 percent salary reduction for three years.

Controller: $2.19 billion in California bills may go unpaid without budget

LA Times blog

State Controller John Chiang has released a list of the more than $2.19 billion in bills he says the state cannot pay in August without a budget in place.

Divided L.A. council votes to outsource fire department ambulance billings over union objections

LA Times blog

Despite strenuous objections from one of its employee unions, a divided Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to hire a private company to handle billing for the fire department’s ambulance services.

L.A. pensions may consume a third of city's general fund by 2015

LA Times

City administrative officer reports that benefits for retired police, firefighters, DWP workers and other city employees could grow by $800 million in the next five years.

California tests new procedures for parole agents

Associated Press

California parole officials, stung by recent high-profile failures in the system, said Tuesday they are beginning to test more intensive monitoring of parolees in four counties as the first step in a five-year plan to improve supervision of high-risk offenders.

States rethink illegal immigrant bills after Arizona ruling

USA Today

Legislators who wanted to bring an Arizona-style immigration law to their own states are changing course after a federal judge temporarily halted the core of Arizona's law.

Cell phones smuggled into prisons a growing problem

Sacramento Bee

Contraband smuggled into prisons has been a headache for jailers since the days of baking files into cakes.

Failed parole policy threatens lives, neighborhoods

City Watch

The proven flawed and failed policies of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) nearly cost two Los Angeles police officers their lives.

Controller Wendy Greuel to publish city salaries online

LA Daily News

Following the controversy over the exorbitant salaries paid to Bell city officials, Controller Wendy Greuel said Monday she is working to post Los Angeles city employee salaries on the Internet.

California lawmakers to take up Chelsea's Law

San Francisco Chronicle

Few political issues are as difficult to tackle as laws dealing with California's ever-growing number of convicted sex offenders.

State's new execution plan is challenged in court

LA Times

Death row inmate's lawsuit alleges that California corrections officials rushed through the reform process, and that the procedure they sent forward is likely to cause pain.

Police crack down on Echo Park Lake swap meet vendors

LA Weekly blog

LAPD officers swept through Echo Park Lake yesterday issuing warnings and citations to vendors who refused to leave the sprawling unregulated flea market, according to the Eastsider LA.

Police, Valley communities come together for National Night Out

LA Daily News

San Fernando Valley residents will get a chance to meet police officers from their local stations tonight as part of the 27th annual National Night Out.

Pomona City Council decides against disbanding Police Department

LA Times blog

The Pomona City Council quashed talk Monday night of disbanding its nearly century-old police force, officials said.

Taking over a police department is no easy task

LA Times

As L.A. County sheriff's deputies sort through cases left behind by the disbanded Maywood police force, some confusion and investigative gaps inevitably arise. The scenario is growing more common.

Chicago: Where criminals no longer fear the police

Pajamas Media

It’s a shame that the public has to be reminded of this from time to time, but any cop can testify to this inescapable fact of police work: Where there is no punishment for criminal behavior, crime will flourish.

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