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LAPD ready for Lakers victory craziness

LA Times

If the home team wins another NBA championship and fans start to go out of control, officials say they'll have plenty of personnel strategically placed to handle things.

Aid to California at risk if Senate bill fails

Sacramento Bee

The U.S. Senate is poised to vote as early as today on a spending plan that would send $1.8 billion to California for increased Medicaid funding, money that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says the state desperately needs to help balance its budget.

Decision on sending L.A. officers to Arizona event delayed

LA Times

Some council members want four cops to attend a Border Patrol conference in Tucson. Others don't want to break the partial boycott of the state.

Chief Beck urges moderation

LA Weekly

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck took the unusual step of addressing "employee wellness" and drinking and DUI problems within the Los Angeles Police Department in a statement posted at the LAPD's blog this week.

U.S. Senate defeats state aid package

Sacramento Bee blog

California's bid to get Congress to chip in $1.8 billion to help close the state's budget gap is all but dead.

LA officials decry cuts to drug treatment program

Associated Press

Los Angeles County's top law officials are speaking out against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to eliminate state funding for treating heroin addicts.

Tagging crew that rampaged after Lakers' 2009 NBA title win targeted in crackdown

LA Times blog

Nearly a dozen Southern California law enforcement agencies arrested members of a tagging crew Wednesday believed responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage over the last year, including during the Lakers' 2009 victory celebration.

CalPERS set to approve state contribution hike

Sacramento Bee

CalPERS today will likely approve a $600 million increase in state contributions to the beleaguered pension fund.

Oakland will prepare to issue pink slips to 200 police

Oakland Tribune

City officials will make preparations to issue pink slips to 200 police officers who could be out of a job by mid-July.

California prison case goes to Supreme Court

LA Times

Agreeing to hear an appeal from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether the state can be forced to release 46,000 inmates — more than one-fourth of its prison population — to relieve overcrowding.

Public-safety pension measure heading to voters

Riverside Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors Tuesday voted to place a union-backed measure to protect public-safety pensions on the November ballot.

Prosecutors charge two men with murder in killing of girl during police pursuit

LA Times blog

Prosecutors charged two men with multiple felonies, including murder, in connection with a police pursuit that ended in the death of a 6-year-old girl who was pinned against a wall while playing outdoors in her Lake View Terrace neighborhood.

Charges filed in 1983 sexual assault, slaying of 8-year-old girl

LA Times

The Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday announced that detectives had issued an arrest warrant in the 1983 abduction and slaying of an 8-year-old girl in Watts.

No automatic deportation of immigrants for minor drug offenses, justices rule

Washington Post

Immigrants convicted of minor drug offenses should not face automatic deportation, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday, a decision that could allow thousands of legal immigrants the chance to argue for leniency from immigration judges.

Murder charge in CHP officer's pursuit death

Associated Press

San Bernardino County prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old man with murdering a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer who collided with a truck while pursuing him.

State Senate committee kills governor's pension reform bill

Associated Press

A Senate committee has defeated a bill backed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that would have cut California's long-term pension costs by reducing benefits for newly hired state employees.

Chief prepares to sell DWP assets

LA Times

General Manager Austin Beutner hopes to sell L.A.'s share of a coal-fired generating station in Arizona and is weighing a sale and lease-back deal on the utility's landmark downtown building.

Calif. bill would target spouses who hire hit men

Associated Press

The story behind the legislation reads like a movie pitch.

Arizona boycott means bureaucracy for LAPD helicopter officers trying to attend conference

LAist

When the L.A. City Council boycotted Arizona a month ago -- a move to protest the state's immigration law -- a provision in it banned official travel to there unless not going would do more harm than going.

Concerns raised over proposal to close some L.A. jails

LA Times blog

A Los Angeles City Council committee Monday raised concerns about a Police Department proposal to shutter several of its small, satellite jails in order to staff a new, central facility.

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