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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

November 24, 2014

Law Enforcement

LAPD honors its first motorcycle officer killed on duty
Walter R. Kreps was the first LAPD motorcycle officer killed on the job. An LAPD car collided with his motorcycle on March 28, 1916. On Friday, the Police Department came out in force to honor him by marking his unmarked grave. A distant relative had discovered that the grave had no marker. The Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation flew him to L.A. from Missouri. At Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Pico-Union, the LAPD honor guard marched, a police helicopter dipped overhead and participants reflected on Kreps and the L.A. he lived in.
Los Angeles Times

New LAPD unit drops hammer on street racing in San Fernando Valley
A new unit from the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division dropped the hammer on street racers last week in an overnight sweep that resulted in arrests, citations for illegally modified vehicles and the seizure of five vehicles. Officers fanned out across the San Fernando Valley from Wednesday night into Thursday morning focusing on locations known to attract racers and their small souped-up street machines.
Los Angeles Daily News

Robert Luna sworn in as Long Beach's 26th police chief
Hundreds turned out to watch as Robert Luna was sworn in as Long Beach's 26th chief of police and the department's first Latino top cop. “Today we are actually standing on the seam of history,” said Pastor Gregory Sanders after he was introduced by newly-elected Los Angeles County Sheriff and former Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. Flanked by retired LBPD Sgt. Abel Dominguez and his wife, Celines, City Clerk Larry Herrera-Cabrera swore in Luna in front of dignitaries, city leaders, residents and members of various law enforcement agencies.
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Thousands of canned goods donated for third annual LAPD food drive
The Los Angeles Police Department celebrated its third annual food drive Sunday and received thousands of canned goods in an effort to end hunger in L.A. Truck-loads of donated food rolled into the LAPD station in West Los Angeles. The trucks headed to the West L.A. station for the final weigh-in. The food drive, which is for the Greater Los Angeles Food Bank, and the department hopes the donated goods will surpass 30,000 pounds.

Man barricades self in Sylmar home, SWAT team at scene
A possibly suicidal man in his late 60s was barricaded inside a home in Sylmar Sunday night and a SWAT team was at the scene along with negotiators trying to get the man to surrender, police said. The suspect was believed to be armed with a firearm but not holding hostages inside the home in the 14300 block of Raven Street, said Sgt. Francisca Wheeling of the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Station.
Los Angeles Daily News

Largest LAPD cadet class graduates
The Los Angeles Police Department graduated the largest cadet class in the program's history during a ceremony taking place at the University of Southern California's Galen Center on Saturday. Police Chief Charlie Beck and USC President C. L. Max Nikias were in attendance as 730 young people become cadets under the LAPD Cadet Leadership Program, which offers leadership, law enforcement, conflict resolution, physical fitness, life skills and other types of lessons to youth aged 13-20. The number of cadets has shot up since 2007, from 457 members to 6,000 active youth participants today, LAPD officials said.
City News Service

Emergency Preparedness

Earthquake early alert system ready to expand in California
Officials are planning the first major rollout of California's earthquake early warning system next year, providing access to some schools, fire stations and more private companies. The ambitious plan highlights the progress scientists have made in building out the system, which can give as much as a minute of warning before a major earthquake is felt in metropolitan areas.
Los Angeles Times

Cyber Security

Symantec uncovers sophisticated, stealthy computer spying tool
Computer security researchers at Symantec say they have discovered a sophisticated piece of malware circulating the world that appears to be used for spying at Internet service and telecommunications companies, and was likely created by a government agency. And while its origin is unclear, a short list of capable countries would include the U.S., Israel and China.


1.1 million immigrant parents in California qualify for deportation relief
More than 1 million immigrant parents in California will be eligible for deportation relief under President Obama's deferred action program, according to a Pew Research Center Study. Obama's executive action would allow many immigrants who live in the U.S. illegally and have children who are citizens or permanent residents to apply for a work permit and three years of protection from deportation.
Los Angeles Times

The Ports

Los Angeles, Long Beach port truck drivers end eight-day strike
Los Angeles and Long Beach port truck drivers ended an eight-day strike Friday after the two remaining holdout area trucking companies agreed to meet with union officials about their wage and labor issues. While the strike added to some of the bottlenecks at port terminals, the twin ports remain congested due to the lack of available chassis, the arrival of larger ships and unresolved contract talks between longshore workers and their employers.
Los Angeles Daily News

City Government

Garcetti proposes L.A. climate change summit of U.S., China mayors
Following up on last week's U.S.-China climate change agreement, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday he would invite leaders of Chinese and American cities to a summit in Los Angeles next year to kick-start efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions in both countries.
Los Angeles Times


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