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Police Protective League

the union that represents the
rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

April 1, 2014

Law Enforcement

Girl Scouts exemplify LAPD outreach to public housing
Working with LAPD colleagues, Officer Harvey-Dixon founded four Girl Scout troops in Ramona Gardens, the public housing development, as part of a larger outreach known as the Community Safety Program. The program is sponsored by the LAPD and the Housing Authority, which manages the city's public housing developments. In areas of poverty, the cost of uniforms and patches can be a deterrent to launching a troop without a sponsor.

Police commission to roll out year's goals
Recruitment of police officers, a new program to reduce costly lawsuits and a plan to tackle the city's hit-and-run numbers are among nine goals the Los Angeles Police Department's five-member Board of Police Commissioners has laid out for itself in the coming year. The civilian oversight panel, which sets policies for the department, plans to unveil its strategic goals for the coming year at a community meeting in San Pedro Tuesday night.
Torrance Daily Breeze

Parents accused of abducting their 4 kids in custody: LAPD
The parents who prompted an Amber Alert after they allegedly abducted their four biological children from their grandmother's home in Boyle Heights earlier this month have surrendered to authorities, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police from the LAPD's Hollenbeck Division announced on Twitter Monday that the parents turned themselves in at the U.S. Border.

Missing Northridge woman with Alzheimer's is found
A missing 79-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease was found unharmed today, police said Monday Yong Hyang Kim was reported missing after being last seen about 7:30 p.m. Friday in the 17000 block of Plummer Street, according to the Los Angeles police, who appealed to the public for help in finding her. Police today said she had been found, and she was OK.
City News Service


Immigrant groups call for moratorium on impounding cars from unlicensed drivers
As California gets ready to offer driver's licenses to undocumented people, immigrant rights groups are calling for a moratorium on impounding vehicles from unlicensed drivers. The first of a series of protests is planned for Monday night in Pomona. AB 60, signed by Governor Jerry Brown in October, allows undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses. But the legislation doesn't go into effect until 2015 to give the state's Department of Motor Vehicles time to prepare for the change. The DMV estimates there are approximately 1.4 million drivers who are not licensed or insured, according to the bill.
KPCC 89.3


New rule requires rearview cameras in new vehicles in 2018
The Transportation Department issued a rule Monday that will require rearview technology in many new vehicles - an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents. The final rule issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will require new vehicles under 10,000 pounds and built on-or-after May 1, 2018 to meet the new rear-visibility standards. The rule includes buses and trucks. Motorcycles and trailers are exempt.
Associated Press

Emergency Preparedness

Earthquakes rattle California, largest in 34 years hits Yellowstone
As many as 30 earthquakes were recorded in California over the past 24 hours, most of which were less than a magnitude in intensity. Despite all the tremors regional seismometers pick up in California and Nevada — 808 in the past week alone — most go unnoticed by residents. The lack of a significant earthquake in the region also poses a problem to emergency management officials, who want Californians to be prepared for the next “big one.” Because no major temblor has struck Southern California in 20 years, most people do not seem to feel earthquake preparedness is important.
Red Orbit

City Government

L.A. could clash with L.A. County on transit tax measures
A plan for increasing the sales tax to fix Los Angeles' broken streets is on a collision course with a similar levy being pushed for regional transit projects. Two weeks ago, the top budget advisor to the Los Angeles City Council said a tax increase is the only way thousands of miles of severely damaged roads and sidewalks will get repaired. But public transit advocates are voicing worries that a city tax increase could jeopardize their proposal for a countywide sales tax increase for transportation projects, one that would go before voters in two years.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. poised to OK sweeping overhaul of trash collection
Hoping to make Los Angeles a national leader in steering trash away from landfills, the City Council is poised to approve a sweeping and controversial transformation of garbage collection for tens of thousands of businesses and apartment buildings. The new system, which tightens city control over the commercial trash-hauling market, is expected to win approval Tuesday.
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's approach to LAUSD draws mixed reviews
Two weeks after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's top education adviser left City Hall, there are no immediate plans to fill the position, a sign of the mayor's hands-off approach to the nation's second-largest school district. Garcetti spokesman Jeff Millman said Monday that it's unclear whether Thelma Melendez, who left to take a position at Los Angeles Unified School District, will be replaced. In an email, Millman said two staffers are working on education-related issues in the Mayor's Office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Cooling system outage shuts down DWP website, impairs call center
A cooling system outage Monday shut down the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power website, crimped the capacity of its customer call center and prevented people from using a new feature to leave their number and get a call back. Spokesman Joseph Ramallo said the outage forced the agency to shut down computer systems that rely on the cooling system. The problem began after both primary and backup cooling systems went out, he said.
Los Angeles Times

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