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Southern California has a long and troubled history when it comes to policing. I explore a continuing disconnect between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, look at when reforms have worked and where and why tensions remain. I'm always examining whether justice is being served.
Stories by Frank Stoltze
Republicans at this weekend’s state GOP convention in Los Angeles wrestled with the question of how to attract more Latinos to the party. At times, it seemed like they were talking past each other about an issue that could determine the survival of the Grand Old Party in California.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley Thursday urged local governments to spend more money on collecting DNA evidence.
LAPD Deputy Chief Mike Downing says it makes sense for police officers to play a key role in watching out for any terrorists on the streets of American cities. This attitude reflects a dramatic change in the role of local police departments after the 9/11 attacks.
Los Angeles County supervisors today will vote on a plan to manage new parolees returning from state prison.
The major candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president are in Southern California this week, and will gather for a debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley on Wednesday evening.
The city of Los Angeles is in better financial shape than previously thought.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday postponed a vote on a plan to manage new parolees California releases from its prisons. A new state law requires local counties – instead of state parole agents - to supervise non-serious offenders.
Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley said California's plan to shift supervision of thousands of former state prison inmates to counties will be a "disaster" for L.A. He made the comment as the Board of Supervisors prepared to vote Tuesday on a plan to manage the felons.
The officer wounded in Thursday's South Los Angeles shoot-out underwent a successful hand surgery Friday, according to doctors at the California Medical Center. Quick thinking by the officer accounts for what doctors expect to be a 100 percent recovery, LAPD's Police Chief Charlie Beck said Friday.
The race to replace former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn is getting crowded.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors raised concerns Tuesday about the planned release of thousands of state prison inmates. The state plans to release about 9,000 inmates to L.A. County during the next year starting in October. Over three years, the number will climb to nearly 30,000 as California complies with a federal court order to reduce its prison population.
Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday said they may oppose the disincorporation of the troubled city of Vernon because the move could force the county to assume Vernon's debt. Their comments came as State Sen. Kevin deLeon, who represents Vernon, withdrew his support of a bill to disincorporate the city.
Los Angeles may soon host professional football again. The City Council this week is likely to approve a tentative deal for a new football stadium that’s expected to attract an NFL team to L.A. for the first time in decades. The city’s leadership is unanimous in its support of a project that promises new jobs and tax revenue. Critics say stadium developers are promising more than they can deliver.
Last month’s police killing of an unarmed schizophrenic homeless man in Fullerton has sparked debate about how police deal with mentally ill suspects. Kelly Thomas died after half a dozen police officers tried to subdue him at a bus depot.
Candidates who seek to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have filed their first campaign finance reports.