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By John Scheibe
Ventura County Star
Sep 15, 2008

Los Angeles police Officer Laura Gerritsen rushed to the Metrolink crash in Chatsworth Friday afternoon along with hundreds of her fellow officers, unaware that her best friend and co-...

LAPD officer killed in crash was a standout Colleagues and department officials describe Officer Spree Desha, 35, a seven-year veteran, as a solid, serious cop. Desha recently started a new job at headquarters downtown.

By Andrew...

The Los Angeles Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own after the Officer was killed during the crash between a Metrolink Commuter Train and Freight train Friday afternoon.

Hard as it may be to believe, it was just six months ago that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa celebrated his managerial triumph by getting the long troubled L.A. Housing Authority (HACLA) back in the good graces of the federal government.

The mayor boasted...

Mayor Villaraigosa outlined his vision for LA's future ... housing, transit, economy ... recently in a speech at the LA Business Council's Mayoral Housing Summit. Here's what the Mayor had to say. "The LABC's Scorecard underscores precisely what we must do to...

Sacramento - The Board of Directors of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) voted today to formally oppose Proposition 5 on the November ballot because of the initiative's staggering cost to state and local government. CSAC's Board of Directors...

Walter Moore wrote yesterday that LAPD - and by extension, Mayor Villaraigosa - are understating the city's crime rate by using an inflated population estimate. When I saw the number - 4,220,260 - it looked suspicious so I...

By Rick Orlov, Staff Writer

Neighborhood councils got another step closer Tuesday to being able to put specific items like fixing potholes directly on City Council agendas rather than having to convince a council member to put it on for them.

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From wire reports

LOS ANGELES - The City Attorney's Office will ask a judge today to issue an injunction that would prevent members of six South Los Angeles gangs from associating in public or possessing weapons and graffiti tools.

The request for...

The stolen paintings included works by Hans Hofmann, Chaim Soutine, Arshile Gorky, Emil Nolde, Lyonel Feininger and Kess van Dongen.

The...

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Police Department has hired 181 officers since July 1 -- about a quarter of the department's goal for the year, the Police Commission was told today.

The LAPD expects to hire 780 officers by June 30, 2009, which is the...

From wire reports

A $200,000 reward was on offer today for information leading to the recovery of a multimillion-dollar art collection stolen during a daytime robbery in Encino last month.

Taken from the walls of a home on Aug. 23 were...

By ALICE WALTON, City News Service

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Gang-related murders and aggravated assaults decreased between July 4th and Labor Day in the communities surrounding eight parks kept open late and providing youths with sports and arts...

By Michael Rothfeld

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca took a break from hounding criminals this morning to take aim at a different group he said needs to get with the program: state legislators.

Baca reserved double-barreled criticism...

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - An ex-con was sentenced today to about 70 years in prison for opening fire with an AK-47 on two Los Angeles police officers - one of whom was severely wounded -- during an August 2006 traffic stop.

Jose Mercado Perez Jr., who was...

Bureaucracy and politics come between the Los Angeles police and their work.

By Jack Dunphy

Police work is often a stressful endeavor, but not for the reasons you might think. Yes, there is the risk of being shot, stabbed...

Homicides over the past three months in Los Angeles have fallen to their lowest levels since the Summer of Love more than 40...

Amid the ongoing drop in overall city crime rates, Los Angeles recorded the fewest number of summer homicides in more than 40 years.

From the beginning of June through the end of August, there were 84 homicides in Los Angeles -- a level of relative calm...

LAST week U.S. District Court Judge Gary A. Feess moved to let the Los Angeles Police Department impose financial-disclosure measures for gang and narcotics officers.

Some people, once appointed to the U.S. District Court bench, believe they become all-...

At the invitation of the President of the Los Angeles Police Commission, I went on my second LAPD ride-along last night. This time it was with officers from the Hollywood-Wilton station. I attended roll call and was issued a kevlar vest to wear underneath my...

Jim Thornton was just 22 years old when he learned how good it feels to go home alive.

The 1974 shooting was the first major incident for the rookie Los Angeles police officer, fresh out of the academy. A man opened fire directly on Thornton and his...

The 2010 race for governor is on the mind of California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who is the highest-ranking Republican in the state after the governor.

With Schwarzenegger termed out, Poizner is making clear to everyone - especially...

It's hard to believe how this could be happening after all the headlines and trials and mayoral directives but it's true -- the give away of public money to public relations firms for jobs that city workers are paid to do or don't need to be done is still going...

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money is sitting in inactive Los Angeles trust funds, some idle for more than decade, at a time when declining revenue has forced the city to raise fees and cut services, according to an audit of the Department of...

LOS ANGELES-A federal judge has decided not to block a new rule requiring hundreds of narcotics and anti-gang officers in Los Angeles to disclose personal financial information. U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess ruled this week that the city's police...

Shooting in Reseda Park

LAPD do their investigation at Reseda park after a gun battle broke out with hundreds of kids playing in the...

A scandal begets a scandal.

By Jack DunphyIn 1985, Reagan administration labor secretary Ray Donavan and six others were indicted in...

Police said Wednesday they are looking for a 30-year-old man suspected in a gang-related killing in San Pedro.

Albert Trujillo fled after allegedly killing Gilbert Rodriguez, 23, in an alley behind the 1100 block of West Gaffey Street on Aug. 1, police...

Hit by seven armed robberies in 10 days, residents who live in and around trendy Melrose Avenue have launched a campaign to warn neighbors and visitors to take precautions in response to the crime spree.

As many as three robbers, working individually or...

SACRAMENTO -- Hoping to break a partisan logjam and prevent the Legislature from borrowing its way out of a state spending crisis, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger went public Wednesday with his own budget blueprint, the backbone of which is a tax hike and a large...

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