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East Bay police chief calls for open-carry ban

Bay Area News Group

An East Bay police chief will be in Sacramento on Wednesday to advocate for a bill that would crack down on the “open carry” movement, in which gun enthusiasts say they’re exercise their Second Amendment rights and protecting their personal safety by carrying unloaded firearms in plain sight in public places.

Council's budget committee recommends LAPD hiring freeze

LA Times

The department currently can replace employees who resign or retire. But with other city workers beginning to receive layoff notices, some council members want to stop hiring police immediately.

LAPD forced to cut some services

LA Daily News

Amid concerns homicide investigations were being delayed due to a tight budget, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Monday he will deploy more officers to perform investigative and emergency functions, but reduce other services that are not considered critical to public safety.

Investigations sit idle as LAPD detectives hit overtime caps

LA Times

With its overtime budget decimated, the department is forcing officers to put cases on hold and take days or even weeks off. Despite an uptick in killings, the homicide unit is among the hardest hit.

In down economy, police agencies seeing an older, weathered recruit

Contra Costa Times

Police recruiting classes this past winter in Alameda and Contra Costa counties included many typical candidates. Former military members. Criminal justice students. Recruits already sponsored by a law enforcement agency. But lately, recruiters say, the field has grown more diverse.

Mayor, aids crafting message to people

LA Daily News

One organization preparing for a fight with City Hall on the budget is the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

Pensions batter California's governments

Fresno Bee

Calif. cities, counties are in trouble because of retirement promises.

Kids get 'scared straight' at police boot camp


A 'scared straight' program at Los Angeles schools is whipping at-risk children into shape.

Suspect in Valley Village massacre is named

LA Times

Nerses Arthur Galstyan, accused in the slayings of four men, is at large and considered armed and very dangerous. He has also been indicted on federal weapons charges.

LAPD union: Fewer civilian workers means fewer officers on the streets

LA Times blog

The union that represents Los Angeles police officers says the number of civilian vacancies in the LAPD means officers are increasingly being diverted from the streets to perform administrative duties.

Despite getting new revenue, L.A. budget shortfall deepens to $222.4 million

LA Times blog

Without a promised transfer of money from the Department of Water and Power, the budget gap for the city of Los Angeles has grown to $222.4 million this fiscal year, even with a brighter forecast for property tax collections.

LAPD's Project Dream Program


LAPD's Project Dream program gives inner-city kids a chance to interact with the police in a positive way and receive mentorship.

Study: Cutting public safety funding is dangerous

American City and Country

A new study by the RAND Corp. indicates that reducing police personnel invites financial and social harm, according to the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL).

Battle looms over Obama nominee to 9th District Court

Sacramento Bee

Goodwin Liu couldn't speak English until kindergarten, but he went on to become co-valedictorian at Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, a Rhodes Scholar and a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Top court upholds post-trial law for inmates

San Francisco Chronicle

The state Supreme Court upheld a law Thursday that allows a Death Row inmate from Contra Costa County, and others sentenced to death or life without parole, to seek post-trial evidence from prosecutors that might assist their appeals.

Danny Galindo dies at 88; LAPD detective in Tate-LaBianca murder cases

LA Times

He was the first detective to arrive at the scene of the LaBianca slayings and conducted a detailed search, according to the book 'Helter Skelter.'

Tenderloin Crackdown Sparks Backlash

Wall Street Journal

Aggressive Tactics by New Police Chief Appear to Stem Rise in Crime, but Draw Complaints About Crowded Courts, Jails

L.A. Cops Doing Civilian Work As Budget Cuts Shrink Force

LA Weekly blog

More and more L.A. cops are being shifted to desk jobs as budget cuts have slashed Los Angeles Police Department's civilian ranks by nearly 1,000, according to the union representing Los Angeles police.

Report pans parole oversight of Calif sex offender


Parole officers should have done a better job watching a paroled California sex offender, but closer scrutiny may not have stopped the murder of one teenage girl and the assault of another woman, a draft report released Thursday said.

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