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Chelsea's Law advances, for now

San Diego Union-Tribune

Assembly’s passage sends bill to Senate and likely challenges.

Higher fines proposed for cell phone use while driving in California

Sacramento Bee

Cell phones are great – unless the person using one is behind the wheel of a car and ends up killing somebody.

LAPD to unveil anti-terrorism program


Los Angeles officials will unveil an anti-terrorism program Thursday that aims to teach the public how to identify and report suspicious behaviors and activities.

Villaraigosa signs $6.7 billion LA budget

LA Daily News

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday signed off on a $6.7 billion city budget that slashes city services, raises fees and could lead to up to 1,700 layoffs.

California bill would increase rules on rifles

Associated Press

Lawmakers in the California Assembly have evoked "Joe the Plumber," Japanese internment and the late novelist Ayn Rand as they battle over a gun control bill that would extend the same reporting requirements and regulations that govern hand guns to rifles and other long guns.

Calif. moves to crack down on paparazzi tactics

Associated Press

Paparazzi could be arrested for loitering outside a celebrity's home or workplace under a measure moving through the California legislature.

Mixed reaction to Compton City Council vote to reinstate its own police department


The city of Compton’s decision to bring back its own police force has generated a range of responses.

Appeals court sides with LA police in cruelty case

Associated Press

A state apeals court has ruled that Los Angeles police had grounds to enter the home of a pharmacist who had an injured dog inside, and another one found dead in the freezer.

Supreme Court backs off strict enforcement of Miranda rights

LA Times

Once a suspect has been informed of his rights, he has the duty to invoke them, the justices say. The decision reinstates a murder conviction based largely on a suspect's one-word answer to police.

Violent felons banned from owning body armor under new California law

LA Times

Violent felons are now banned from owning body armor such as the bullet-proof padding used by two bank robbers in 1997's infamous North Hollywood shootout with the LAPD under a state law signed Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Police brass in LA and Boston bet on NBA finals

Associated Press

The top cops in Los Angeles and Boston are making a friendly wager on pro basketball's greatest rivalry.

Parole vigilance could have saved teens, report says

San Diego Union-Tribune

Inspector general faults corrections department in Gardner case.

California may bar city bankruptcies


A bill that clamps down on municipal bankruptcy filings is headed for Gov. Schwarzenegger's desk, which is bad news for Los Angeles and other cash-strapped California cities.

Retired LAPD officer puts her spin on AIDS/LifeCycle

Torrance Daily Breeze

The retired LAPD lieutenant will send updates from the road, as she travels 566 miles over seven days from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

LAPD veteran retires with daughter as his partner


You could say Los Angeles Police Sgt. Patrick Shannon took the "take your daughter to work day" very seriously.

State senate passes red light camera reform bill

Oakland Tribune

The state Senate gave its blessing Tuesday to a bill that would establish statewide standards for the installation and operation of traffic enforcement cameras.

Cyclists, LAPD - even Chief Beck - meet to discuss use of force caught on video


If there was any theme to last night's large meeting between cyclists and the LAPD, it was that there is a growing distrust of the police force.

Municipal bankruptcy bill heading to Schwarzenegger

Sacramento Bee

California's cities are feeling the financial pinch as property and sales tax revenues stagnate or decline and as the spending commitments they made during the now-deflated housing boom, especially bigger payrolls, haunt them.

Justice Department 'totally unprepared' for WMD attack, report finds

LA Times

The department and most of its law enforcement components are not ready to ensure public safety in the aftermath of an attack on the U.S. using weapons of mass destruction, the inspector general reports.

L.A. County boycott of Arizona approved by divided Board of Supervisors

LA Times blog

After heated debate, Los Angeles County supervisors voted 3 to 2 today to boycott Arizona in response to the passage of its controversial illegal immigration law.

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