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LAPD Front Desks Could Be Abandoned At Night To Save Money

LA Weekly blog

It's a dark and breezy night. A stranger follows you, echoes of his footsteps mingling with far off traffic. A driver passes but doesn't stop to help. At last, an oasis: You duck into a brightly lit Los Angeles Police Department station for safety. Alas, there's no one there. The front desk is unmanned.

L.A. County to launch scaled-down effort to combat gang violence

LA Times

The 15-month pilot program will target 100 youths under the custody of the Probation Department. It will attempt to prevent them from sliding into gangs once they return home.

Fuzzy math and public pension hysteria

LA Times Commentary

Recent studies about CalPERS' impending doom should not be trusted.

L.A. preparing for nuclear attack

LA Daily News

As world leaders gathered Monday in Washington, D.C., to discuss the threat of nuclear terrorism, local officials said they are gearing up for an exercise in June that simulates the detonation of a 10-kiloton nuclear device in Los Angeles.

Court rejects call for fair wages for prisoners

San Francisco Chronicle

After renowned attorney J. Tony Serra spent nine months in a federal prison camp for not paying his taxes, he calculated how much he was paid for watering the camp gardens - 19 cents an hour - and thought it might violate a U.N. standard that says inmates should get fair wages.

Critics say new California parole policy is costly, dangerous

Sacramento Bee

On a Wednesday morning last month, Nicole Clements walked into her Sacramento parole agent's office about 9:40 and signed a one-page document.

Legislation would tighten parole rules

San Diego Union-Tribune

Aware of the challenge but committed to their cause, Kelly and Brent King on Monday launched the campaign to pass “Chelsea’s Law.”

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

ABC7

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

Fox-11

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

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