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Agency rejects new rules for California executions

Sacramento Bee

In an unexpected development, a state agency has rejected California's new methodology for putting condemned inmates to death by lethal injection, and has given corrections officials until Oct. 6 to resubmit their proposal.

Mayor Villaraigosa says 3,500 will have been cut from city payroll come July

LA Weekly

In a bizarre pronouncement, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa this week told Fox News' Neil Cavuto that 3,500 workers will have been cut from city payrolls come July 1 as City Hall balanced a budget that at one time was recently $585 million in the red.

Fmr LAPD Diaz named new chief of Riverside police

Associated Press

A retired Los Angeles Police Department commander has been named the new chief of police in Riverside.

Cooley wins, Harris leads in attorney general's race

LA Times

L.A. Councilwoman Hahn concedes to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

City starts layoff process

LA Daily News

Los Angeles took steps Wednesday toward laying off 246 of the initial 761 workers to be cut under the $6.7 billion city budget taking effect July 1.

Judges rule for police on surveillance

NY Times

A panel of federal judges ruled Wednesday that New York City can keep secret about 1,800 pages of records detailing the Police Department’s surveillance and tactical strategy in advance of protests at the 2004 Republican National Convention.

Cooley says online pot sales, deliveries illegal

Associated Press

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley says delivery of medical marijuana and selling the drug online are illegal.

Murder rate continues to trend upward

LA Weekly

The murder rate in the city of Los Angeles continued to trend up in June, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

LA cop charged with selling meth in San Diego County

San Diego Union-Tribune

A Los Angeles police officer will be prosecuted in San Diego federal court on charges of selling 111.2 grams of methamphetamine at an Escondido mall, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Mayor warns of texting, driving

LA Daily News

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday joined the growing chorus warning against texting while driving, although he has a driver who chauffeurs him around the city.

Dispensaries quietly close as L.A. ordinance takes effect

LA Times

The city's long-awaited regulation is forcing more than 400 medical marijuana outlets to close, and many others to relocate. City attorney is relying on police and residents to report noncompliance.

Lawmakers seek to crack down on prepaid cell phones that abet criminal and terror suspects

Associated Press

Alarmed by the use of hard-to-track prepaid cell phones by terror suspects, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and Texas Sen. John Cornyn have introduced legislation requiring consumers to produce identification before buying such phones.

$500K reward reinstated in 'Grim Sleeper' case

LA Wave

A reward of up to $500,000 was reinstated Tuesday for information leading to the capture of the "Grim Sleeper,'' who has been linked to 11 murders, mostly in South Los Angeles, over the last 25 years.

Jailed illegal immigrants pose policy dilemma

LA Times

A U.S. program to check the immigration status of everyone booked into jail runs into local rules against such actions.

400 marijuana dispensaries to close in Los Angeles

NPR

Los Angeles is home to hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries, but concern over their proliferation has provoked a backlash. Police are cracking down on most of them starting Monday.

LAPD, airport police discuss 911 call situation at LAX

Torrance Daily Breeze

Los Angeles International Airport's police department lacks the necessary equipment and recognition from state and local authorities to properly handle 911 calls placed from terminals, airport Police Chief George Centeno acknowledged Monday.

SoCal cities mull police merger for insurance

Associated Press

Small city outside Los Angeles is considering merging its police force with a neighboring city under scrutiny for officer-involved shootings.

For California public workers, it's more give than take

Reuters

Smaller paychecks beat reams of pink slips, California public employee unions are concluding in contract talks with local governments facing budget gaps requiring deep spending cuts.

CHP warning drivers about snipers on Inland Empire freeways

LA Times

The California Highway Patrol is warning motorists along freeways in Riverside and San Bernardino counties to be cautious in the wake of dozens of instances in which someone fired projectiles, possibly pellets or BBs, at moving vehicles, shattering windows and drivers' nerves.

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