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Governor forms volunteer disaster-response corps

Sacramento Bee

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday launched Disaster Corps, what he called a first-in-the-nation program to coordinate volunteer response to disasters.

Barstow CHP officer killed during highway traffic stop

Associated Press

A California Highway Patrol officer was struck and killed Sunday when a car veered onto the shoulder of the freeway during a traffic stop in San Bernardino County, authorities said.

Dodgers the most frequent donor of free tickets to L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa, his lawyers say

LA Times

More than 400 pages of records include an e-mail exchange in which a lobbyist for Staples Center's owner seems to advise how the mayor could cite 'official' business as a way to accept free tickets.

Obama administration poised to challenge Arizona immigration law

LA Times

The demise of a sweeping jobs and tax bill in the U.S. Senate this week dealt a stiff blow to California as it struggles to recover from the recession.

Defeat of jobs bill in Senate costly to California

Contra Costa Times

The demise of a sweeping jobs and tax bill in the U.S. Senate this week dealt a stiff blow to California as it struggles to recover from the recession.

Police push to continue warrantless cell tracking


A law requiring police to obtain a search warrant before tracking Americans' cell phones may imperil criminal investigations and endanger children's lives, a law enforcement representative told Congress this week.

Some California fire agencies charging for crash-scene services

Sacramento Bee

Drivers in California who cause crashes may find their pocketbooks dented as well, courtesy of local fire departments.

Tide turning on use of red-light cameras

Sacramento Bee

Running a red light is the automotive equivalent of playing Russian roulette, and it costs the lives of nearly 800 U.S. motorists – red-light runners and innocent victims alike – each year.

Police brace for fans marking first anniversary of Michael Jackson's death

LA Times

Increased security will be deployed at the family home in Encino, and access to the tomb site at Forest Lawn in Glendale will be limited.

Villaraigosa vows full accounting of free concerts, sports tickets

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he will release records on Friday spelling out the official duties he performed at dozens of concerts, sports events and awards shows that he attended free of charge.

Budget curtails state prison visits

Fresno Bee

Corrections Department aims to save costs on weekend overtime.

Oakland to lay off 80 police officers

The Bay Citizen

With hundreds of residents and Mayor Ron Dellums in attendance, the Oakland City Council approved a controversial budget plan Thursday night that will lay off 80 police officers to help close the city's $30.5 million deficit.

Report: Los Angeles Airport cops called from their jobs to help other cities

Associated Press

Los Angeles International Airport police sometimes leave LAX to help officers in other cities.

Flying with police: Pomona boy, 8, gets wish to meet his heroes

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Eight-year-old Steve Huerta held his mother's hand tight as the helicopter took off Thursday morning.

Mystery surrounds Villaraigosa's duties at free-ticket events

LA Times

The L.A. mayor says he performed public duties at dozens of concerts, sporting events and awards shows that he attended free. But finding the records that show what those duties were has become problematic.

Obama administration announces new border security measures

Washington Post

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will station an aerial drone in Texas as part of its stepped-up surveillance of criminal trafficking along the Mexican border.

L.A.'s red-light camera program exempted from Arizona boycott

LA Times

The City Council temporarily spares the program, operated by a Scottsdale-based company. But not everyone is convinced that it's worth keeping.

S.F. Police union ratifies concessions deal

San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Police Officers Association has ratified a package of cost-cutting labor concessions, with members voting 64 percent in favor, union president Gary Delagnes said today.

Memo: Schwarzenegger ready to slash workers to minimum wage

LA Times blog

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to cut the pay of state workers to minimum wage if a timely budget accord is not reached, according to a memo sent Wednesday from the director of the governor's Department of Personnel Administration to state agency and department heads.

Santa Ana eliminates police overtime

Orange County Register

Police working in some of Orange County's most difficult and dangerous neighborhoods have had their overtime pay cut to nothing as the city strains to make ends meet.

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