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Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

There has never been more worldwide attention on the creative culture of Los Angeles.

Unarmed Man Shot To Death By LA Police

LA Weekly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Reginald Doucet, Jr, a 25-year-old Playa Vista resident, posted this video to his Twitter account on his way out in Hollywood last night -- just hours...

Crime is Down. For a Reason.

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

The 2010 Crime Stats are in, and for the 8th straight year, crime in Los Angeles is down.

It Takes a Team

Brian Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brian Center

The news that homicides are way down in LA despite economic tough times is a fantastic chance to highlight a lot of positive work that was done in 2010 and to step into 2011 with hope.

New LA Times Column Watchdogs Local Goverment

Anthea Raymond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Anthea Raymond

A linchpin at the Los Angeles Times editorial pages has stepped out from behind the scenes to put his vast knowledge of local government to work.

Donuts With Dad

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

Donuts with Dad brings fathers and community members into school to read to students in the morning hour. It encourages positive father-child bonding and engages fathers in the education of their child.

LAPD-FBI Operation Solves Dozens Of Homicide Cases

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

For months now, the budget crisis in Los Angeles has hamstrung and frustrated the city's homicide detectives. With no money to pay them for the long h...

A Safer LA: Happy One Year Anniversary to Chief Beck

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

One year ago, I concluded an exhaustive search for LA's next top cop by announcing that Charlie Beck was going to lead the LAPD. One year later, the proof is in the numbers.

Fixing Our Pension System

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

I'm not doing this because I want to. I am doing it because I have to. I did not run for Mayor on a promise to reform public pensions.

GPS and the Police State We Inhabit: Living in Oceania

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

By ensuring that we never get lost, never lose our loved ones and never lose our wireless signals, we are also making it possible for the government to never lose sight of us, as well.

Bikes Belong On LA's Streets

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

If there's one thing everyone now knows after my recent accident, it's that I like to bike in Los Angeles. Unfortunately most of our City was built with cars in mind.

LAPD Counter-Terrorism Unit Being Disbanded?

LA Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Given the attempted car bombing in New York over the weekend -- with initial implications for the Los Angeles area and its entertainment media -- this...

Congresswoman Diane E. Watson: A Woman of Greatness and Conviction Passes the Baton

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

The 1970s was a time when African American women in public office were few and far between. In that era, one woman emerged on the public stage. She stood out among the few as a leader.

Probation Needs Justice

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

How severe is the crisis in the Los Angeles Probation Department? Consider this: some of the worst offenders the department must handle are, regrettably, on its staff.

Time for LA's Mayor To Hire A Mayor?

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa still managed to paint a bleak picture during his State of the City budget message yesterday. But gone was the "sky is falling" lingo from some city officials.

The Daryl Gates "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

Former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Daryl Gates lost his battle to cancer this past week, and the immigrant community also lost an ally of sorts.

LA City Government: "Oh, What A Circus, Oh, What A Show!"

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

After much melodrama and angst, the LA City Council has opted to approve by a vote of 8-5 a 4.5% rate hike for the Department of Water and Power.

LAPD Budget Crisis Discussed On MSNBC

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

WATCH the LA Times' Joel Rubin discuss the LAPD's financial crisis and hiring freeze on MSNBC....

LA City Council Committee Rightly Calls For LAPD Hiring Freeze

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

As Los Angeles wrestles with layoffs and cutbacks, the LAPD is once again threatening the public with doom and gloom should, God forbid, there actually be some cutbacks.

Youtube Videos Raise Questions Of LAPD Misconduct

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Another video raising questions about LAPD conduct has surfaced on Youtube this week, prompting an internal affairs probe. The LA Times reports: Los A...

Recent Killings In LA. Nearly Erase Gains In City's Homicide Rate

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

A recent series of killings in Los Angeles has nearly erased impressive gains made this year on the city's homicide rate, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said...

Cops in Caracas -- and LA

Nora Zimmett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Nora Zimmett

Last week I got a moving violation. I admitted to myself, in a brief moment of clarity, that at least I had broken the law -- not always the case in Venezuela.

SWAT and the Drug War: License to Kill

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

As long as this country remains addicted to current drug laws, the police will have to enforce those laws. But where is it written that they must show up in the dead of night, armed and armored, in order to do so?

Robert Cottle, LAPD Officer, Killed In Afghanistan

Los Angeles Times | Joel Rubin and Tony Perry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

A member of the Los Angeles Police Department's elite SWAT unit, who also served as a U.S. Marine, was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan by a roadside b...

Kristina Ripatti-Pearce: Paralyzed Former Police Officer Competes In 'Race Across America' To Send L.A. Kids To College

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Four years ago, Los Angeles police officer Kristina Ripatti-Pearce was paralyzed when she was shot while responding to a robbery in progress. Despite ...