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City Budget Crisis

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said today an unexpected increase in revenue has alleviated what he perceived as a need to shut down parks, libraries and other city agencies two days a week.

Drive to limit unions’ political efforts abandoned

Orange County Register

A proposed ballot measure that would limit public employee unions’ ability to collect dues for political purposes has been abandoned because sponsors saw they’d be unable to gather enough petition signatures by the deadline, co-author Mark Bucher of Tustin said today.

City finds $30 million revenue windfall

LA Daily News

Saying they can avert a partial shutdown of Los Angeles government, city officials announced Thursday they had found an additional $30 million in revenue and savings to help pay their bills through the next two months.

L.A.'s financial quagmire

LA Times Editorial

The city is in deep trouble, and the mayor and the Department of Water and Power are to blame.

Injunction would bar gang members from Skid Row


Authorities unveiled a tough new legal tactic Wednesday aimed at keeping gang members — and the drugs they sell — off the streets of Skid Row.

DWP money sparks showdown in L.A.

LA Daily News

Flexing its muscles in an escalating City Hall budget battle, the City Council moved Wednesday to block Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's city shutdown plan and to seize control over the Department of Water and Power.

Monrovia Good Samaritan tries to save dog, is shot; four arrested

Pasadena Star-News

The bullet still lodged in his leg, John Gibbs recounted Wednesday what happened when he tried to stop a man from driving off with an elderly couple's Pomeranian.

LAPD investigating three officer-involved shootings

LA Times blog

Los Angeles police are investigating three officer-involved shootings in the last three days during which suspects were wounded or nearly wounded.

A grim assessment of L.A.'s finances

LA Times

City Controller Wendy Greuel declares an 'urgent financial crisis' and says the only way to continue paying bills in the short term is to begin draining the city's already limited emergency reserve.

Villaraigosa calls for shutting down some city departments amid budget crisis

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called Tuesday for all city agencies -- except for police, other public safety and revenue-generating departments -- to close for two days a week starting April 12 because of the city's continuing budget crisis.

L.A. Police Union Ties Cutbacks In Cops To Rash Of Murders

LA Weekly blog

The union representing Los Angeles police on Tuesday tied the budget-induced decreases in the number of cops on the city's streets to a rash of homicides in March and early April.

Violent parolees go unsupervised under Calif. law


More than 250 state prison inmates freed without supervised parole under a new California law were convicted of crimes considered violent or threatening, according to prison records obtained as part of an inquiry by state lawmakers. A handful are sex offenders.

L.A. homicide numbers keep rising, up 5% compared to same period last year

LA Times blog

The recent increase in the number of killings in Los Angeles continued last week.

Mayor vows to close city offices amid budget crisis

LA Daily News

Escalating his dispute with the City Council, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday he is preparing to shut down large parts of city government for two days a week starting Monday because of the city's budget crisis.

Body of LAPD Officer Killed in Afghanistan Blast Returns Home


Sgt. Maj. Robert Cottle died alongside a fellow Southern California Marine, Lance Cpl. Rick J. Centanni.

Victims of Valley Village restaurant shooting were targeted, police say

LA Times

The owner of the Mediterranean eatery says the six Armenian victims were the last of a group of 30 to 40 who had rented the restaurant after a funeral. Four died and two are in critical condition.

East Bay braces for influx of released prisoners

Contra Costa Times

Bracing for an influx of newly released prisoners, East Bay leaders are working with social services groups to prevent the former inmates from returning to lives of crime.

Putting More LAPD Cops On The Streets Pays Dividends, Study States

LA Weekly

​As budget-triggered reductions of Los Angeles Police Department cops affect the city for the first time since 2005, the union representing LAPD officers is touting a Rand study that concludes adding more badges to the force is well worth the cost.

Prisoner release is backfiring

Long Beach Press-Telegram

As evidence that the state simply has lost the ability to govern effectively, the early release program for prison inmates already is off track.

Probe of restaurant shooting that killed 4 stymied by conflicting accounts, LAPD sources say

LA Times blog

LAPD detectives were struggling with conflicting accounts and an undetermined motive in the killing of four people over the weekend at a Valley Village restaurant.

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