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Eulogy for a chief: 'The Los Angeles Police Department was Daryl Gates,' says successor Charlie Beck

LA Times blog

Inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck paid tribute Tuesday to his deceased predecessor, Daryl F. Gates, the 49th chief of the Police Department.

Slain Nevada deputy was just back from Afghanistan

Associated Press

Ian Deutch survived a recent tour of duty in Afghanistan, identifying Taliban targets for artillery strikes. But he didn't make it through his second day back on the job as a rural Nevada sheriff's deputy.

L.A. Animal Services faces $1.8-million budget cut

LA Times

No doubt many Los Angeles city agency managers have written letters to council members beseeching them to spare their departments deep cuts during this budget crisis.

Panel rejects Villaraigosa's spending plan for the city

LA Daily News

Questioning the revenue projections in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed $6.7 billion budget, a city panel on Tuesday rejected the spending plan and asked for more details.

Continuing her strong push

LA Times

Nearly four years after being shot three times by a suspect, ex-LAPD Officer Kristina Ripatti is making maximum use of a part of her body that had not been left paralyzed: her arms.

Controversy over Rodney King beating and L.A. riots reignites

Pajamas Media

My most recent column here on Pajamas Media concerned former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Daryl Gates, more specifically the editorial published in the Los Angeles Times on the occasion of his death last Friday.

Unions get head start in taking on Meg Whitman

LA Times blog

Labor unions have long accounted for the Democratic Party's ground troops in political campaigns.

In Lean Times, Police Cuts Spark Debate Over Safety

Wall Street Journal

It has become a recession mantra: Do more with less.

Scandals drive Democratic pension reforms

CalPensions

As if their rising cost to state and local governments weren’t trouble enough, public pensions also face legislation cracking down on pension boosting, improperly influenced investments and real estate schemes that displace the poor.

Supreme Court to review California's violent video game ban

Orange County Register

The U.S. Supreme Court will review California’s law that sought to ban the sale and rental of “excessively violent” video games to children.

LAPD officials want FBI requirement removed to cut backlog of rape kits

LA Daily News

The LAPD has slashed its backlog of untested rape kits from 6,132 to 648, but says it could expedite the process further if the FBI lifts a regulation requiring the verification of tests conducted by private labs.

Hundreds attend public visitation for ex-LAPD Chief Daryl Gates

LA Times

A ceremony at police headquarters downtown draws hundreds to pay their respects. The controversial police chief, who presided during a time of dramatic changes in the city, died this month at 83.

Advocates seek ways to protect homeless from crime

Washington Post

Sobs overcome Susanne McGraham-Paisley when she thinks about her mentally ill brother who lived for years on a city sidewalk - John McGraham died when a man doused him with gasoline and set him ablaze.

California's execution delays slammed

Associated Press

Chelsea King's parents reluctantly agreed to a sentence of life in prison for their daughter's rapist and killer, calling the death penalty in California "a hollow promise."

LA's budget cuts threaten the survival of residents' organizations

LA Daily News

The city's grand experiment in neighborhood activism is about to take a big hit this year, and some advocates are worried if its spirit will survive.

Whitman calls for major changes in California worker pensions

LA Times

The Republican advocates raising the retirement age from 50 to 55 for public safety employees and from 55 to 65 for non-safety state workers. She takes a jab at Jerry Brown for the pension crisis.

Public employee pensions under pressure

LA Times

State and local leaders see the growing cost as a threat to California's fiscal well-being. Efforts to reduce benefits are setting up a collision course with public employee unions.

Arizona's immigration law may spur a showdown

LA Times

Gov. Jan Brewer signs a bill that opponents say encourages racial profiling. President Obama calls the measure 'misguided.' A federal review is underway.

Villaraigosa reappoints Mack to police commission

KPCC Public Radio

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced today he is reappointing John Mack to a second term on the Police Commission.

Deaths lead police to question high-speed chase policies

USA Today

Innocent bystanders account for one-third of those who are killed in high-speed police chases, a USA TODAY review has found.

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