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Charlie Beck's Tough First Year On The Job

The Informer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Charlie Beck's first year as top cop at the LAPD has been trial by fire, to say the least. He was dropped into the gig by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Vi...

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's Official: "Red Light Cameras" Don't Work

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Steve Parker

Ever wonder why, with all those "red light cameras" installed across the nation, no city involved in using them has reported any big decrease in accidents or even any significant income gain?

LAPD's Beck Agrees to Hit Boston Streets If Lakers Lose

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, a faithful fan of the purple and yellow, announced Wednesday evening the terms of a wager he's made with his Boston equivalen...

Charlie Beck Speaks Out Against Arizona Immigration Law

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

WASHINGTON — Arizona's new immigration law and similar proposals in other states would lead to an increase in crime, some police chiefs from aro...

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...

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.

Are Reports of the Illegal-Immigration Crime Wave Even True?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

Embracing my god-given Second Amendment rights, I plan to buy an armful of automatic weapons and stuff the closets in my house with every manner of sh...

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...

LA's Response to Its Gang Epidemic

Constance L. Rice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Constance L. Rice

LA County has 850,000 children trapped in its gang hot zones. The City of LA has 300,000 of those kids in its boundaries.

Crime Down In LA, But For How Long?

LA Daily News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Despite the recession, Los Angeles saw a 10 percent decline in crime at the beginning of this year, but police Chief Charlie Beck warned today that mi...

LA's Neighborhood Councils -- The Best Bang for the City's Bucks

Al Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Al Abrams

Neighborhood Councils are funding projects for youth and seniors, for the hungry and disabled, and for the cultural and performing arts.

Police Chief to Immigrants: May the Force Be With You

Jeffrey Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jeffrey Kaye

It came as somewhat of a surprise last night when new LAPD chief Charlie Beck, decked out in uniform, stood before an immigrants' rights rally at La Placita church downtown.

Charlie Beck Confirmed By LA City Council

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES � The Los Angeles Police Department has a new chief. In a vote Tuesday, the City Council unanimously confirmed Charlie Beck to replac...

The Great Expectations of Charlie Beck

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

I never doubted for a minute that, limited and half-hearted search to the contrary, Charlie Beck would be the new LAPD chief. Now, the question is, what sort of chief will Charlie Beck be?

LA Sees 10 Percent Drop In Violent Crime In 2009

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Violent crime in Los Angeles has dropped about 10 percent from last year, and the surrounding area saw similar declines despite do...

Beck's Style And Strategy Are Notably Different From Bratton's

latimes.com | Joel Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

For a man widely seen as the disciple of just-exited LAPD Chief William J. Bratton, Charlie Beck on Wednesday exhibited some notable contrasts in styl...

Welcome to HuffPost LA

Willow Bay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Willow Bay

Our goal is to give LA a page of its own, where bloggers can express themselves on the issues that matter to them -- whether they're substantive, sublime, simple or just plain fun.

Continued Decline For Los Angeles Crime According To Latest FBI Stats

LA Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

It could be a blessing or a curse for new Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck: Rates for major crimes in Los Angeles continued to dip in 2009. With ...

New LAPD Chief Chosen By Villaragosa

AP | THOMAS WATKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A respected Los Angeles Police Department veteran credited with cleaning up a devastating corruption scandal was picked by the may...

LA's Crime Rate Lowest In 50 years

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Authorities say the 2009 crime rate in Los Angeles was the lowest in 50 years, with drops reported in everything from homicides to...