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December 16, 2014

Law Enforcement

LAPD gun buyback nets about 775 weapons, officials say
Los Angeles police collected about 775 firearms this weekend at a buyback event, a number officials acknowledged was down but said would still contribute to the city's continuing decline in gun-related violence.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Chief Has Lessons To Share About Department's Past 'Ghosts'
On the 11th floor of the Los Angeles Police Department's downtown high-rise, Chief Charlie Beck has been fielding a lot of calls since the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Beck's counterparts around the country are calling to find out how his department addressed what he calls the "ghosts of LAPD's past." "I don't want people to have to have their city go up in flames like Los Angeles did in 1992 to learn these lessons," he says.
National Public Radio

Deputy convicted of obstructing FBI investigation sentenced to 18 months in prison
The last of seven one-time Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies convicted for their roles in obstructing an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails was sentenced in federal court Monday to 18 months in prison, the punishment federal prosecutors had sought. James Sexton's attorney was asking for a 6-month sentence.

LAPD Chief, Mayor Garcetti Reiterate Promise To Release Ezell Ford Autopsy By Year's End
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti have reiterated their promise to release the autopsy report in the police shooting death of Ezell Ford before the end of the year. With less than three weeks until the deadline, Beck said at a news conference Monday he and the mayor are “still committed” to making the report public.

Missing 81-year-old woman with Alzheimer's last seen Thursday
Authorities today sought public help to find an 81-year-old woman whose family reported she may have early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. In Son Yang was last seen Thursday about 6 p.m. at her home in the 1900 block of South Oxford Avenue in the Harvard Heights area, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. “Ms. Yang is reported to be in good mental condition, but her family is concerned she may have early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, and they are concerned for her safety,” according to an LAPD statement.
Westside Today

2 men caught on video at huge L.A. fire are sought by police
Authorities investigating a massive blaze that consumed a downtown Los Angeles apartment building under construction last week are seeking a man captured on surveillance video near the scene around the time the fire started. A second man, caught on a freelance news video, is also being sought. He was pushed away from the site by firefighters after the blaze started, an ATF spokesman said.
Los Angeles Times


Protesters chain themselves to Oakland police HQ; 25 arrested
Twenty-five protesters were arrested Monday after they chained themselves to doors and a flagpole at the Oakland Police Department headquarters. The demonstrators were protesting killings by police in New York and Missouri, including the slayings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
Los Angeles Times

Quiet vigil in downtown L.A. protests police violence
Dressed in dark suits and ties, roughly 50 African American men gathered in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles on Monday for a silent vigil in support of Eric Garner and others who died during confrontations with police. The noontime gathering was intended to illustrate that police do not target only youth in low-income neighborhoods, said Kerman Maddox, managing partner at Dakota Communications and the organizer of the vigil.
Los Angeles Times


Immigration official to applicants for temporary status: 'Don't worry'
One of the nation's top immigration officials is urging those who are newly eligible for temporary legal status to apply for the program without fear. Speaking at a conference in Los Angeles on Monday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez said he knows that some immigrants in the country without permission may be wary of identifying themselves to the government as part of President Obama's new program to defer deportations and grant three-year work permits to some immigrants with longtime ties to the U.S.
Los Angeles Times

City Government

Opinion: Los Angeles seeks increase in voter turnout
In the six weeks since the Nov. 4 election, much has been said about its extraordinarily low, record-shattering voter turnout. Scarcely 42 percent of California's 17.8 million registered voters, and just 31 percent of its 24.3 million potentially eligible voters, actually cast ballots. It resulted, one could say, from the perfect calm – no hot statewide candidate races or blood-boiling ballot measures to spur voters into doing their civic duties.

Long Beach one of 14 cities to receive Bloomberg ‘innovation team' grant
The city will receive a $3 million grant over the next three years to help spur innovation and economic development, officials announced Monday. The grant is provided by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to help create so-called “innovation teams” to explore new approaches to addressing issues like poverty, public safety and job growth. Long Beach was one of 14 cities around the world awarded the grant.
Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles will make a pitch to host 2024 Olympic Games
The clock starts ticking as soon as Mayor Eric Garcetti and a handpicked group of advisors step into a corporate conference room on Tuesday morning in this San Francisco suburb. After months of holding meetings, building alliances and drawing plans, they will have 60 minutes to convince U.S. Olympic Committee officials that Los Angeles is the right place to hold the 2024 Summer Games.
Los Angeles Times


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