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CalPERS portfolio rises 11.4%

Sacramento Bee

The California Public Employees' Retirement System bounced back from the global economic meltdown this year as the value of its investments grew by about $21 billion.

Ex-LAPD officer Franco laid to rest at Rose Hills in Whittier

Whittier Daily News

His relatives remembered how, as a child, Martin Franco would devour police shows like "Adam-12" and run around the house creating makeshift gun holsters, much in the same way his older son, Andrew, does now.

New San Jose police union agreement avoids layoffs but leaves retirees' posts vacant

San Jose Mercury News

San Jose's city budget for the next 12 months is on the books, but changes to the police department are just starting to take shape.

LAPD officers in Arizona despite Los Angeles boycott over immigration law

LA Weekly blog

Despite the Los Angeles City Council's economic and travel boycott of Arizona over its controversial illegal immigration law (SB1070), four Los Angeles police air-unit officers went to Tucson anyway for law enforcement training.

Los Angeles and California lawmakers seek review of security at LAX

LA Times

Call for analysis comes after local police and worker groups claim that the airport is less safe now than at any time since 9/11.

Tough budget arithmetic puts Vallejo in bind

Wall Street Journal

As Vallejo slogs through its third year of bankruptcy, city officials are giving local police a blunt choice: Forgo a raise or the city will lay off officers to pay for others' raises.

Parolee suspect in shooting of LAPD officer not monitored despite alleged gang membership

LA Times blog

State corrections officials said Thursday that an inmate's street gang affiliation is not considered when determining how to classify and monitor parolees like the one who allegedly shot an LAPD officer during a traffic stop in the San Fernando Valley.

LAPD complains about parole officials classifying suspect in police shooting as 'low-level, nonviolent'

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles Police Department has asked the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to investigate how a parolee who fired nearly a dozen gunshots at two LAPD officers over the weekend in the San Fernando Valley was able to gain early release and why he was classified as a low-level offender.

Authorities missed chance to identify Grim Sleeper suspect two years before final known slaying

LA Times blog

Authorities missed an opportunity years ago to catch the suspected Grim Sleeper serial killer and end his alleged rampage before the final known victim was slain because his DNA was never collected as required under a 2004 law, according to interviews and records reviewed by The Times.

California Law & Order endorses Steve Cooley for Attorney General

CLO Press Release

Momentum is growing as the California Law and Order Independent Expenditure Committee...

Cooley leads Harris in Calif. AG race

Legal Newsline

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley is leading San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris in California's attorney general race, according to poll results released over the weekend.

Oakland P.D.: Layoffs are official

KALW News

Layoff orders for eighty Oakland police officers went into effect Tuesday evening after labor talks between the city and the police union broke down.

LAPD Det. Philip Vannatter who arrested Roman Polanski in '77 angered director was let off the hook

NY Daily News

The Swiss refused Monday to extradite Roman Polanski to face rape charges in the U.S., angering the cop who arrested the director three decades ago.

LAPD to install video cameras in patrol cars

LA Daily News

Before the end of summer, 300 Los Angeles Police Department patrol cars will be equipped with video cameras to record interactions between officers and suspects, the mayor and police chief will announce today.

Special Olympics torch run goes through Fremont

Fremont Tribune

Gary Beecher of the Los Angeles Police Department said there's no better way to spend your day than supporting Special Olympics, but he remembers when athletes weren't allowed to participate in the Torch Run in South Central Los Angeles.

Races could test voters' views on death penalty

San Francisco Chronicle

For decades, capital punishment was a driving force in California politics, swaying elections for governor and the U.S. Senate and reshaping the state Supreme Court.

Negotiations continue as Oakland tries to avoid laying off 80 police officers

Oakland Tribune

Officer Derek Souza, 43, finished up his shift at 7 a.m. Saturday and headed for the locker room. He changed his clothes, hung up his service weapon, his Taser and his handcuffs and headed home. The only difference is this time he might not be coming back.

LA police find pot stash in railroad tanker

Associated Press

A late-night police pursuit ended with a drug bust and the discovery Monday of thousands of pounds of marijuana concealed in a railroad tank car that entered the U.S. from Mexico this month.

LA police teach Marines how to train Afghan police

Associated Press

A tough-talking, muscular Los Angeles police sergeant steadily rattled off tips to a young Marine riding shotgun as they raced in a patrol car to a drug bust: Be aware of your surroundings. Watch people's body language. Build rapport.

Two military bombs removed from Glassell Park home

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad on Saturday removed two live Korean War or Vietnam War-era bombs from a house in the Glassell Park neighborhood.

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