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from LA Police Protective League

April 30, 2014

Law Enforcement

LAPD: Man fatally shot in Hollywood
A man was fatally shot just after 12 noon on Tuesday at a 98 Cents Store on Hollywood Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Dept. The man died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 12:10 p.m. in the 5000 block of Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles police Officer Sally Madera said. No arrests were reported. Traffic was routed away from the scene while an investigation was conducted.
City News Service

Reseda man charged in armed standoff at Woodland Hills veterans hall
A Reseda man was charged Tuesday with assaulting a commander of the Disabled Americans Veterans Hall in Woodland Hills during a nearly eight-hour armed standoff with police last week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. Deputy District Attorney Janet Fox said Jacob Matthew Zimmerman, 52, faces one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon, a shotgun, criminal threats, and possession of a firearm by a felon with three prior convictions.
Los Angeles Daily News

Retired longshoreman, 78, arrested in San Pedro Elks Lodge arson fire
A 78-year-old retired longshoreman who reportedly went on a rampage of destructive acts in the days before a fire gutted the San Pedro Elks Lodge was arrested Tuesday for allegedly setting the blaze. Bail has been set at $500,000. Arson investigators have been piecing together a case against Nick Pecarich for two weeks as the San Pedro man was reportedly detained in a psychiatric facility. Assisting in the arrest were the Los Angeles Fire Department's Arson-Counter Terrorism Section, the Los Angeles Police Department's Criminal Conspiracy Section and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Los Angeles Daily News

Photos: LAPD End of Watch Wall
The Los Angeles Police Protective League and the Eagle & Badge Foundation unveiled new End of Watch Memorial Wall featuring the names of the 206 officers who have died in the line of duty.
Torrance Daily Breeze

Prisoner Release

State begins early releases of nonviolent prisoners
The state is releasing some low-level, nonviolent prisoners early as Gov. Jerry Brown complies with a federal court order to reduce crowding in its lockups - a turning point in the governor's efforts to resolve the issue. Inmates serving time for certain nonviolent crimes are being discharged days or weeks before they were scheduled to go free, a move that Brown had long resisted but proposed in January and was subsequently ordered by judges to carry out.
Los Angeles Times


State counts empty medical beds to cut prison crowding
Gov. Jerry Brown's administration states that California has already met a court-ordered limit on the state prison population, but inmate lawyers argue that is because the state is counting a half-filled medical prison closed to new admissions. A panel of three federal judges gave California until June 30 to reduce crowding to a statewide average of 143% of what its prisons can hold, the first of a series of increasingly lower population limits.
Los Angeles Times


Audrie Pott case: Sex assault bill named for Saratoga teen moves forward
When Saratoga High School student Audrie Pott learned that her attackers had taken naked photos of her and shared them with friends via text message and online, she was forced to relive the brutal sexual attack over and over again. Audrie's father, Lawrence Pott, described these and other details of his 15-year-old daughter's 2012 sexual assault Tuesday to state senators in Sacramento, where a panel unanimously endorsed legislation named in her honor.
Mercury News

Assembly rejects bills to put parolee supervision back on state
California lawmakers rejected proposals Tuesday to give state parole officers greater authority over released inmates now being watched by counties, legislation aimed at relieving probation departments that say they are ill prepared for their new caseload. The bills in the Assembly Public Safety Committee responded to a 2011 law that gave counties responsibility to supervise and incarcerate lower-level offenders who previously fell under state authority. State leaders approved the realignment plan to address a federal prison overcrowding lawsuit and state budget problems.
Sacramento Bee


She's homeless and likes it that way
It was reveille, skid row-style: Time for Annie Moody to step out of her tent, pull over a blue milk crate and sit. And sit some more. That sitting and waiting has cost her: Moody has been arrested by Los Angeles police 59 times in roughly six years, according to LAPD arrest data - more than anyone else in the city. Since 2002, she has been tried 18 times, convicted 14 times and jailed for 15 months, costing taxpayers at least a quarter of a million dollars, according to court and law enforcement records.
Los Angeles Times

City Government

NBA's use of 'hammer' on Donald Sterling welcomed by Garcetti
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday praised NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for "bringing down the hammer" on Clippers owner Donald Sterling, capping four days of pressure from the city's political leaders over remarks said to be made by Sterling about African Americans. "Today we feel like justice has begun to be served," said Garcetti, appearing outside City Hall with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA player and representative of the National Basketball Players Assn.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Council names key policy advisor, first woman to hold job
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to name longtime city employee Sharon Tso to become its top policy advisor, making her the first woman and first person of color to hold the key position, according to council officials. Council members lavished praise on Tso before the vote. "Not only is she qualified ... but quite frankly, well overqualified. She is spectacular and brilliant and honest and ethical, sharp as a tack," Councilman Mitch Englander said Tuesday.
Los Angeles Times

Mayor Garcetti calls on Time Warner Cable to get Dodgers deals done
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wants the Dodgers available in every home in the city. In welcoming remarks at the annual National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. convention being held here, Garcetti said he wants Time Warner Cable and the Dodgers to get deals done with other area distributors for SportsNet LA, the team's new channel. While acknowledging his office couldn't force agreements with Time Warner Cable, which is distributing the Dodger-owned channel, he called on all involved to resolve the issue so that the games are available to all the fans.
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti seeks cooperation with Long Beach on port issues
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday spoke of his desire to work with neighboring Long Beach on port issues, prioritized a "back-to-basics approach" that brings and retains business at the Port of Los Angeles and offered his "trusted ear" to longshore workers and employers in upcoming labor talks. Garcetti was the keynote speaker at an annual luncheon presented by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, which had a sold-out crowd of 300 attendees at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in San Pedro, many of them movers and shakers in the maritime industry.
Los Angeles Daily News

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