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Schwarzenegger spokesman: Budget to contain 'absolutely terrible cuts'

LA Times

Talk about downplaying expectations.

Top policy analyst for Los Angeles City Council calls for 1,000 more job cuts

LA Times blog

The budget roller coaster at Los Angeles City Hall took another sharp turn on Tuesday, with the City Council’s top policy analyst calling for the elimination of 1,000 jobs on top of the 761 targeted by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in his proposed annual budget.

ATF posts 2009 Los Angeles crime gun data

ATF Press Release

John Torres, Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announces the release of aggregate trace data for crime guns recovered in Los Angeles and submitted to ATF for tracing for calendar year 2009.

Number of Murders this Year in L.A. Top 100

LAist

The number of murders within Los Angeles city limits has tipped 100, which has some wondering if crime is up or not.

Deep cuts likely in updated state budget

San Francisco Chronicle

The state budget crisis has been quiet for the past few months but will return to center stage this week as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to belt out some bad news.

FBI releases preliminary statistics for law enforcement officers killed in 2009

FBI Press Release

According to preliminary statistics released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 48 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty during 2009.

LAPD calls out TV reporter for ambush interview of assistant chief

LA Weekly

In a rare public rebuke of a media outlet, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck called out CBS2/KCAL 9 news and its investigative reporter, David Goldstein, for "ambushing" a department assistant chief during an event called "LAPD Recognition Day."

Villaraigosa: 2,500 guns recovered from buyback program

KPCC

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the city’s weekend gun buyback program has removed 2,500 firearms from the streets.

Thousands take part in LA gun buyback

LA Daily News

Lines of cars with guns stashed in backseats or trunks stretched for miles at various points around the city on Saturday as thousands clamored for cash in exchange for anonymously offering their unwanted firearms to police.

L.A. city councilman calls for new advertising tax

LA Times

In a letter to the head of the budget and finance committee, Herb Wesson argues that a citywide levy on billboards, digital signs and supergraphics could generate as much as $50 million annually.

Official agrees with former LA mayor on pensions

LA Daily News

Los Angeles officials agreed Friday with former Mayor Richard Riordan that the city needs to reform its pension system, but disputed his contention that bankruptcy should be part of the process.

Unpaid parking tickets linked to police officers

CBS-2

Officer William Grundy with the Los Angeles County Police is sworn to uphold the law, but we found that he has hundreds of unpaid parking tickets for personal vehicles registered in his name.

Officers honored at 'ExZellence' ceremony

LA Daily News

Seven local law-enforcement officers were honored Thursday by Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine, who presented them with "Z Awards For ExZellence" in recognition of outstanding public service.

CalPERS may see more lawsuits

LA Times

The case targeting two top former officials of the California Public Employees' Retirement System could be only the first of a series, state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown says.

An eye for counterterrorism

Downtown News

LAPD Pushes Community to Watch for Dubious Activity, Not Suspicious People

Budget cuts prompted LAPD to eliminate a counter-terrorism task force

LA Times

Duties of the Protective Security Task Force — officers who went undercover at high-risk events and tested the security of key buildings — will be done by others in counter-terrorism bureau, officials say.

Immigration protesters jam downtown L.A. streets; LAPD makes arrests

LA Times blog

Traffic in parts of downtown L.A. were jammed because of a demonstration by critics of Arizona's new law cracking down on illegal immigrants.

Lawmakers OK study of predators' parole

San Diego Union-Tribune

Assemblyman questions screening’s effectiveness

LAPD Gun Buyback Program This Saturday

Metblog

This Saturday, May 8, is the 2nd annual city-wide gun buyback program.

IPhone raid puts high-tech enforcement squad in spotlight

LA Times

Little is known outside the tech world about REACT, the task force that searched the home of a Bay Area blogger who had acquired a missing iPhone prototype.

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