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Public Safety Correspondent
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
The city no longer plans to implement threatened furloughs for 4,100 clerical employees, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced today. The workers' bargaining unit — AFSCME Local 3090 — ratified a pension and healthcare reform agreement last week.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority votes today on the proposed Crenshaw light rail line. Plans call for a stop at busy Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, but not at nearby Leimert Park Village, which has seen better days. African-American leaders in Los Angeles and elsewhere are outraged. They say Leimert is the historic cultural core of black L.A. and deserves a stop.
Los Angeles now has someone to help find hundreds of millions of dollars people owe the city.
The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday created a new Inspector General for Revenue and Collections to help bring in hundreds of millions of dollars people owe the cash-strapped city.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris Monday promised to go after mortgage fraud scammers with the state's False Claims Act.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Monday expressed concerns about a United States Supreme Court ruling ordering California to release 32,000 prison inmates over two years.
A leading gay rights organization plans a town hall meeting in Long Beach tonight to discuss placing another measure on the California ballot that would legalize same-sex marriage.
Jury deliberations resume today in the case of a gay Los Angeles police sergeant who claims the department retaliated against him.
The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved a nearly $7 billion budget that cuts an array of city services to address a deficit of more than $300 million.
Voters go to the polls today in the special election to replace retired Congresswoman Jane Harman. Harman quit two months after her November re-election to head a Washington D.C. think tank.
Rick Caruso, who developed the Grove in Los Angeles and the Americana in Glendale, said L.A. City Hall is a "bureaucratic nightmare." In his address to Town Hall Los Angeles at the Biltmore Hotel this week, Caruso said it's time for new leadership in the city, and he might be referring to himself.
Civil rights lawyers in Los Angeles on Thursday said federal immigration authorities are snagging innocent crime victims in their drive to increase deportations using the Secure Communities program. They pointed to the case of a domestic violence victim recently arrested by the LAPD.
Facing the worst budget deficit in decades, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has proposed deep cuts to the city’s fire department. His plan would permanently close nearly 30 fire trucks and paramedic units, and would shrink the department by more than 300 firefighters. Fire officials who designed the plan promise that it would maintain public safety. Critics predict that it’ll lead to unnecessary deaths.
Officials say flooding will keep the criminal courts building in downtown Los Angeles closed for a second day today.
The Los Angeles Fire Department’s urban search and rescue team has increased its training for radiation-related disasters, in the wake of what happened at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants. “In light of what happened in Japan with the nuclear reactors, we could theoretically have that happen here,” said Rick Godinez of the fire department’s California Task Force One.