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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
The Los Angeles City Council stalled on Wednesday in its effort to wrest more control over the Department of Water and Power from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. It decided against overriding the mayor’s veto of a measure that would have given the council the authority to fire DWP general managers.
State and federal emergency management officials yesterday signed off on a new earthquake response plan for Southern California.
Long Beach’s police chief has admitted that his officers never identified themselves before they shot and killed a man Sunday. The victim was sitting on a friend’s front porch.
The Los Angeles City Council this week will decide whether to override Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s veto of a measure that would reduce his control of the Department of Water and Power.
Beverly Hills police say they had few leads before the TV show ran a segment just days after the killing of the Hollywood publicist.
The case attracted worldwide attention and murder theories that included that someone had hired a professional to kill the high-powered Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen. Police say in the end, Chasen was murdered by a desperate convicted felon during a botched robbery. The man - Harold Martin Smith - committed suicide last week.
Allegations of racially-biased policing remain a major focus of reform at the Los Angeles Police Department. A report by the department’s inspector general says, while the department’s made progress, it still has work to do.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals began to hear testimony over California's same-sex marriage ban on Monday. The federal panel includes a liberal, conservative and moderate jurist who quizzed attorneys on both sides of the gay marriage debate. Legal scholars and activists on both sides of the issue are closely watching a case that could be the first about gay marriage to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
A federal appeals court in San Francisco hears arguments today over a judge’s decision to overturn Proposition 8 – the voter-approved measure that banned same-sex marriages in California.
Joe Cerrell wasn’t exactly a household name. But in political circles, everyone was familiar with the legendary consultant who knew or worked for everyone from John F. Kennedy and former Governor Edmund G. Pat Brown, to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. He died of complications related to pneumonia at the age of 75.
A report issued Thursday says Los Angeles County needs to offer much more help to kids who end up in juvenile hall and probation camps. The report arrives as L.A. County’s probation department is the target of federal scrutiny for the way it treats kids.
Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley spoke in public for the first time Wednesday after his narrow defeat to Kamala Harris in the state attorney general’s race.
The chairman of the Los Angeles City Council’s Public Safety Committee praised the police union Wednesday for urging a freeze on hiring new L.A.P.D. officers - even as Police Chief Charlie Beck denounced it. Its the first time the politically powerful union has challenged Beck, who is popular with the rank and file.
The Los Angeles police union is asking the city to stop hiring new officers and to fill in gaps by paying existing officers for overtime, according to the Los Angeles Times. Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa say that's a bad idea.
California Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris held a news conference on Tuesday, her first since the election. She announced a high-powered transition team and promised to follow through on her campaign promises to reform the criminal justice system.