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Police Protective League

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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

April 15, 2014

Law Enforcement

LAPD investigating officer-involved shooting that left man dead
An investigation was underway Monday into an officer-involved shooting that left a knife-wielding man dead outside a 99 Cent Only Store in East Hollywood, police said. Officers initially responded to a vandalism call in the 5200 block of Sunset Boulevard on Sunday at around 3:40 p.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. When the officers arrived at the scene, they found a man armed with a knife outside of the store, according to police.

Woman killed in South L.A. when argument ends in gunfire
A woman was fatally shot in South Los Angeles Monday morning when an argument between two men ended in gunfire. The shooting was reported at about 6:50 a.m. in the 5700 block of 9th Avenue, according to Officer Wendy Reyes of the Los Angeles Police Department. The argument between the men turned into a fight, in which one of them pulled out a knife, Reyes said. Eventually, the same person also took out a gun and allegedly fired it, hitting a woman, according to Reyes.

African-American LAPD captain files lawsuit against city for discrimination, retaliation
An African-American Los Angeles police captain is filing a lawsuit against the city, alleging that he was denied promotions due to the fact that he did not conform with what he claims is Chief Charlie Beck's belief that all officers sent to Board of Rights hearings should be fired. Capt. Byford (Peter) Whittingham also alleges in the suit that only three black captains have been promoted to elevated captain ranks with higher pay out of 58 such promotions Beck has granted since he became head of the department in November of 2009.

City Government

Garcetti's budget adds more firefighters, overhauls 911 dispatch
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's first proposed budget calls for hiring 140 firefighters and the start of a sweeping overhaul of the city's 911 dispatch system, part of a bid to speed the response to hundreds of thousands of calls for help each year. The revamped dispatch operation, outlined Monday by the mayor's office as it presented an $8.1-billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year, would unify separate police and fire emergency call centers and gradually replace some uniformed firefighters with lower-paid civilian phone operators.
Los Angeles Times

AIDS activists petition to put L.A. health commission on Nov. 4 ballot
After dropping a campaign to create a city of Los Angeles health department separate from the county's, AIDS healthcare advocates instead petitioned election officials Monday to let voters decide if a city Health Commission should be formed. The proposed 15-member board, which would be appointed by the City Council, would monitor the work of Los Angeles County's health departments, which currently provides disease monitoring, facility inspections and other public health services for the city.
Los Angeles Times

County Budget

LA County unveils $26-billion budget, plans hiring spree
a proposed $26.1 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2013-2014 that calls for hiring about 1,300 new employees - mostly nurses and social workers - as well as funding for reforms in the troubled jail and child welfare systems. Supervisors Gloria Molina and Michael Antonovich, however, believe more money should have been set aside for patrolling unincorporated communities and repairing aging infrastructure. And Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky wants to know whether the county's hospitals, clinics and health centers can absorb hundreds of new staffers before approving any hiring.
Los Angeles Daily News


Resolution urges Obama to suspend deportations of unauthorized immigrants
State Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, introduced a resolution Monday urging President Barack Obama to suspend any further deportations of unauthorized immigrants, asking for "a more humanitarian immigration policy that keeps families together." Correa's resolution proposed in the California Legislature is part of a broader campaign pushed by immigration-rights activists as they turn to elected leaders nationwide to deliver their message against deportations.
Orange County Register

CA lawmakers target e-cigs
California lawmakers called Monday for the Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes, especially the marketing of the nicotine devices to young people. Rep. Henry Waxman, the Los Angeles Democrat who skewered tobacco chieftains at famous 1994 hearings where they claimed tobacco was not addictive, released the results of a congressional staff investigation with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., called, "Gateway to Addiction? A Survey of Popular Electronic Cigarette Manufacturers and Marketing to Youth."
San Francisco Chronicle

Internet Security

Heartbleed bug fixes threaten to cause major Internet disruptions in coming weeks
Efforts to fix the notorious Heartbleed bug threaten to cause major disruptions to the Internet over the next several weeks as companies scramble to repair encryption systems on hundreds of thousands of Web sites at the same time, security experts say. Estimates of the severity of the bug's damage have mounted almost daily since researchers announced the discovery of Heartbleed last week. What initially seemed like an inconvenient matter of changing passwords for protection now appears much more serious.
Washington Post

Homeland Security

Tracking system nabbing drug dealers and law-abiding pilots
A Customs and Border Protection tracking system has helped authorities apprehend dozens of drug smugglers. But the operation also is snaring many more law-abiding private pilots, who say federal officers working with local police are detaining them and searching their planes without legal justification. The situation has attracted the attention of national organizations that represent about 570,000 pilots and 10,000 aviation-related businesses. Between them, the groups have logged complaints from 50 to 70 pilots whose flights were entirely within the U.S. All were let go, some with apologies.
Los Angeles Times


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