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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

Feb 22, 2013

Law Enforcement

Crime alerts for Mission Hills, Larchmont and 7 other neighborhoods
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in nine L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database. Six neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Mission Hills was the most unusual, recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 0.8 over the last three months. Larchmont topped the list of three neighborhoods with property crime alerts.
Los Angeles Times

Detective killed in Dorner standoff is mourned

Thousands of law enforcement officers from across the Southwest gathered Thursday to pay tribute to a Southern California detective killed in the violent conclusion of the manhunt for fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner. Bagpipers played for slain San Bernardino County sheriff's Detective Jeremiah MacKay as motorcyclists with American flags lined the roads outside and a procession of patrol cars slowly drove the last few miles into the San Manuel Amphitheater on a brisk cloudy morning.
Associated Press

Dorner's mentor cracked the case
It was nearing midnight when Terie Evans called police in Irvine with a hunch: An ex-Los Angeles police officer named Christopher Dorner might have killed a young Irvine woman and her fiance a few days earlier. Evans, an LAPD sergeant who had trained Dorner, conceded that her theory was a long shot. But Dorner's name had suddenly surfaced the day before in a strange phone call. And she knew he had a connection to the woman who had been killed. It seemed too much to dismiss as a coincidence.
Los Angeles Times

Mass shootings toll exceeds 900 in past seven years
More than 900 people died in mass shootings during the past seven years, and a majority of them were killed by people they knew, according to a USA TODAY analysis of gun-related slayings. The 934 deaths account for less than 1% of all gun-related homicides, and nearly half involve a suspect slaying his or her family members, the detailed examination shows. USA TODAY combed through FBI records and news accounts to identify 146 mass shootings since 2006 that matched the FBI definition of mass shooting, where four or more people were killed.
USA Today


Labor, business leaders reach agreement on outline of immigration plan
Key business and labor leaders said Thursday that they have hammered out the broad outline of a compromise on one of the hardest issues in reforming the nation's immigration system -- how to handle future needs for foreign workers in the U.S. Although both sides say key details remain to be negotiated, the deal could clear away a significant roadblock to further action in Congress
Los Angeles Times

California voters want driver's licenses, other privileges for illegal immigrants
Californians in record numbers want to grant driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, not charge them extra for college, and offer a path to citizenship, a new Field Poll shows. Attitudes are changing fast: This marks the first time a majority of voters have turned thumbs-up on driver's licenses since the Field Poll began asking the question in 2005. But voters indicated the welcome mat should extend only to immigrants already living in the state.
Sacramento Bee

Public Health

Tuberculosis outbreak in downtown L.A. sparks federal effort
Public health officials have launched a new, coordinated effort to contain a persistent outbreak of tuberculosis in downtown L.A.'s skid row, including searching for more than 4,500 people who may have been exposed to the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have dispatched scientists to Los Angeles to help local health officials figure out why the disease is spreading and how to stop it.
Los Angeles Times


Rep. Linda Sanchez authors law to fund gun buybacks with tax on gun purchases
Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Cerritos, joined with other political and law enforcement leaders Thursday to announce she has introduced legislation into Congress to fund gun buyback programs. The Firearm Safety and Buyback Grant of 2013, also known as H.R. 793, would establish a grant program through the Department of Justice to be distributed to local law enforcement agencies for gun buyback programs, as well as anti-violence and gun safety campaigns, the congresswoman said.
Los Angeles Daily News


State continues to release inmates from isolation
California prison officials continue to move prisoners out of its controversial high-security units, where inmates are held, many indefinitely, nearly 23 hours a day in spartan isolation with minimal access to exercise and reduced privileges for such things as canteen food. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in October adopted new criteria for what constitutes gang involvement that will land an inmate in a prison's Security Housing Unit, or SHU.
Los Angeles Times

City Election

In their words: L.A. mayor candidates answer The Times' questions
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has a good chance of keeping his job if any of the three most prominent candidates for mayor manages to win. But embattled Fire Chief Brian Cummings? Not so much. When The Times posed a series of questions about major issues facing Los Angeles, those were among the views expressed by the eight candidates to replace termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In late January, the candidates were given several days to mull what they would say before emailing comments back to the newspaper.
Los Angeles Times

Garcetti and Greuel in duel for funds
Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti remain locked in a tight fundraising battle, with the front-runners in Los Angeles' mayoral contest each raising just under a half-million dollars in recent weeks and both showing ample cash reserves to wage a vigorous effort in the closing days of the primary campaign, according to disclosure reports filed with the City Ethics Commission on Thursday. Greuel has a razor-blade edge - the city controller raised $473,582 and spent more than $1.7 million in the latest reporting period between Jan. 20 and Feb. 16. She enters the final days before the March 5 contest with nearly $1.7 million cash on hand, according to the reports.
Los Angeles Times


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