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California police face ax in cash crunch

Reuters

Even as police in Oakland, California, brace for potential unrest if a jury does not convict a police officer in a murder trial, city officials are scrambling to cut costs and may do so by sacking about 10 percent of the city's police force.

San Jose may accept no-layoff deal with cops

San Jose Mercury News

In a breakthrough that would avoid police layoffs for at least a year, San Jose officials Thursday said they would recommend accepting smaller concessions from police than the mayor and council had sought.

L.A. losing millions of dollars on uncollected parking tickets, other fines and fees, audit shows

LA Times blog

On a day when Los Angeles laid off more than 200 employees, a new audit released Thursday revealed that the city is losing tens of millions of dollars in revenue because of collection practices that barely capture half of parking ticket fines and other fees.

L.A. council turns back last-minute plan to delay layoffs

LA Times

Union leaders are angry over the decision, which means that 232 workers, mostly in the library department and the city's child care centers, will lose their jobs with the start of the new fiscal year.

LAPD investigates third shooting at a medical marijuana dispensary

LA Times

An employee of a store in Northridge was wounded during a robbery Saturday night. The robbers made off with $11,000 in cash. On Thursday, three people were shot, two fatally, in separate incidents.

Schwarzenegger announces $7.5M anti-gang funding

Associated Press

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced $7.5 million in grants to help fund crime prevention and gang intervention programs in California.

DUI law among those taking effect this week

Associated Press

Convicted drunken drivers in four California counties will have to prove they haven't had a drink before they can start their vehicles, under one of several laws taking effect Thursday.

LAPD releases video of suspect in arson case at Mormon Temple in Westwood

LA Times blog

Los Angeles police Wednesday released video footage of a suspect caught on tape in May as he allegedly tried to set fire to a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Child's death illustrates L.A. County's growing problem resolving backlog of abuse cases

LA Times

Though child welfare officials had been told abuse was occurring in the victim's home nearly two months ago, investigators had yet to determine if he was at risk when he died Saturday. The county continues to struggle meeting investigative deadlines for many cases.

San Carlos council votes to disband police force

San Francisco Chronicle

The city of San Carlos has voted to dissolve its police force and to begin the steps to outsource the job of law enforcement to the San Mateo County sheriff's office as a cost-cutting measure.

2 LAPD officers injured responding to fatal Hollywood shooting

LA Times blog

Two Los Angeles police officers were injured Tuesday responding to a report of gunfire in Hollywood that left one man dead, authorities said.

Police arrest 2 more men in killing of Camarillo woman

Ventura County Star

Los Angeles Police Department detectives have arrested two Ventura County men they say were hired by a Moorpark gold merchant to help ambush and kill his estranged wife two years ago, authorities said.

LA braces for pink slips

LA Daily News

Thousands of government workers throughout Los Angeles could begin losing their jobs this week with the start of the new fiscal year, even as officials make last-minute bids to save positions through further service cuts, tax hikes and union concessions.

Lieutenant Doug Young, LAPD Ret., RIP

Patterico's Pontifications

Funeral services were held today for Doug Young, who passed away on June 21 at age 62.

LAPD HQ takes top architectural award

KPCC

The new Los Angeles Police Department headquarters won the grand prize at the 40th annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards today.

Cities Discovering an Arizona Boycott May Do More Harm Than Good

Fox News

Boycotting Arizona is harder than it sounds.

Schwarzenegger rejects parole for Manson follower

Associated Press

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has rejected a recommendation to parole a member of Charles Manson's cult who was convicted of taking part in killings more than four decades ago.

Mayor's Summer Night Lights program expands to 8 more L.A. parks

LA Times blog

Late-night recreation programs will be added to eight more parks in Los Angeles next week as part of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Summer Night Lights program, city officials said Monday.

2010 is CHP's deadliest year in more than a decade

Associated Press

The deaths of five California Highway Patrol officers in the line of duty in less than two months has left some experts asking if it's time to review procedures used during traffic stops.

Another CHP officer fatally hit by car in less than 24 hours, this time in Paso Robles

LA Times blog

A California Highway Patrol officer was killed Sunday evening in Paso Robles, Calif., less than 24 hours after a CHP officer was killed while on duty in Barstow, officials said.

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