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Injunction targets MTA tagging crew

FOX-11

Investigators say "Metro Transit Assassins," also known as "MTA" is an elite tagging crew with only ten members.

Rolling back pension costs: how far will it go?

Calpensions

The Highway Patrol union that negotiated the most generous pension formula a decade ago, a trendsetter for police and firefighters statewide, has tentatively agreed to reduce pensions for new hires.

Maywood to hire others to run the city

LA Times

The L.A. County community, facing a $450,000 budget deficit, plans to lay off its employees, disband its Police Department and contract its operations to the Sheriff's Department and the neighboring city of Bell. Experts say it is the only city in the state to take such drastic action.

Miranda rights may complicate SB 1070 enforcement

Arizona Republic

As the effective date of Arizona's new immigration law nears, new concerns are being raised by municipal officials about how to effectively enforce it without creating a legal and financial quagmire.

Second investigation opens into mayor's free tickets

LA Times

D.A.'s Public Integrity Division joins the city's Ethics Commission in looking into whether Villaraigosa's unpaid attendance at sports and entertainment events should have been disclosed.

California Highway Patrol officer died two weeks after being struck by vehicle on the shoulder of the 405 Freeway

NBC-4

The 28-year CHP veteran was struck June 9 during a traffic stop on the shoulder of the 405 Freeway.

L.A. City Council delays exempting red-light camera contract from Arizona boycott

LA Times blog

Consideration of a proposed exemption from Los Angeles’ boycott of Arizona to allow continuation of the city’s red light camera program has been postponed until Wednesday.

Mexican drug cartel threatens to harm U.S. police officers who bust drug shipments while off-duty

NY Daily News

Mexican cartels added a new twist to the drug war this week by threatening to kill U.S. cops who seize their goods.

65,000 Angelenos can't be wrong

LA Times

L.A. loves the Lakers, and city leaders should take note.

Red light camera pact would need exemption from Arizona boycott

LA Times

LAPD seeks to extend its agreement with American Traffic Solutions. A new contract with another Arizona-based firm is also in consideration.

State employees are not the budget culprits

LA Times

Until the state deals with the real causes of fiscal fiasco, prepare for more misery.

In California, license plates might go electronic

Associated Press

As electronic highway billboards flashing neon advertisements become more prevalent, the next frontier in distracted driving is already approaching - ad-blaring license plates.

Governor demands 2-tier pension plan

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Pension reform hinges on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's promise that he'll veto any budget proposal that does not include "two-tier" retirement benefits, according to Republican lawmakers.

LAPD arrests nine people at Lakers parade

LA Weekly

The downtown parade celebrating the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA championship wrapped up Monday afternoon with no major incidents to report, according to fire and police officials.

Prosecutors charge 10 in Lakers celebration unrest after Finals victory

LA Times blog

Officials with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office said Monday that they have charged 10 people in connection with the mayhem that ensued outside Staples Center after the Lakers' NBA Finals victory Thursday night.

Paralyzed former LAPD officer finishes races across America

LA Daily News

Former Los Angeles police Officer Kristina Ripatti-Pearce, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a 2006 shooting, finished the grueling Race Across America in Annapolis, Md., on Monday.

California government workers have built up $2.75 billion in paid time off

Sacramento Bee

Working under one of the most generous state leave policies in the nation – and the country's harshest furlough program – California government employees have built up the equivalent of $2.75 billion of paid time off.

What I Saw at the Lakers Riots

Pajamas Media

If you thought L.A.'s mayor and police brass learned from last year's embarrassment, you are not a police officer, certainly not one with the LAPD.

LAPD's new $74-million jail sits empty

LA Times

The department is still using its dilapidated, overcrowded downtown jail that the new one is meant to replace because it doesn't have the money to hire enough jailers for the labor-intensive facility.

In budget crisis, states take aim at pensions

NY Times

Some are cutting once-sacrosanct benefits to deal with deficits.

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