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Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

Mar 4, 2013

Law Enforcement

Crime alert for Arleta and seven other L.A. neighborhoods
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in eight 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. Arleta was the most unusual, recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 1.5 over the last three months. Vermont Knolls topped the list of two neighborhoods with property crime alerts. It recorded 17 property crimes compared with its weekly average of 12.8 over the last three months.
Los Angeles Times

2 LAPD officers credited with saving life of 75-year-old woman
Two LAPD officers who patrol the Topanga area are being hailed as heroes for helping save the life of a 75-year-old woman. On Friday, around 1:30 p.m. officers Paul Maldonado and Kurt Logan were flagged down by an employee of a pizza restaurant in the 6200 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard. The 75-year-old woman, a patron inside the restaurant, was choking. When they entered the establishment, they found the woman on the ground unconscious and unresponsive.

LAPD: 3 teens shot in South LA drive-by; 15-year-old in critical condition
Three teenage boys were injured, one critically, in what authorities say was a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles. The shooting was reported about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at 53rd and Figueroa Streets, according to Sgt. Rudy Alaniz of the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Station. The three teens were outside when a car drove by and shots were fired from the vehicle, Alaniz said. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the chest and was in critical condition at a hospital, he said.
Southern California Public Radio

Fired airport police officer reinstated after civil service hearing
A Los Angeles Airport Police officer who was fired from his job in May following a complaint that he pulled a handgun on two employees of his former business partner has been reinstated following a civil service hearing, authorities said Friday. Rodney Rouzan, an officer since 2000, won his appeal Thursday to get his job back after a Los Angeles Board of Civil Service Commissioners examiner found no evidence that he pulled a gun at his Antelope Valley home in 2010. The examiner, Judy Gust, recommended that Rouzan get his job back with no loss of wages or benefits. The board concurred with her ruling.
Torrance Daily Breeze

City Election

Protect Los Angeles
In just a few days, you will be asked to make an historic vote, not only for the next mayor of Los Angeles, but also for Prop A, which will give the next mayor and the City the resources it desperately needs to keep our neighborhoods safe. Police officers and firefighters are asking you to join us in voting YES on Prop A. Over the last five years, Sacramento has taken more than one billion dollars from the City of Los Angeles that goes toward vital City services, including fire, police and 911 emergency services.

Election 2013: Redefining Los Angeles
In an election that will redefine the city for up to the next eight years, Los Angeles voters on Tuesday will have the rare opportunity to elect three new citywide leaders, plus a majority of the City Council and the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District. For the city's top position, the race seems to have divided along insider-outsider lines. Polls and fundraising tallies put three City Hall veterans - Controller Wendy Greuel, Councilman Eric Garcetti and Councilwoman Jan Perry - near the front, while the lone Republican, Kevin James, as well as tech executive Emanuel Pleitez are running as outsider City Hall critics.
Los Angeles Daily News

Garcetti, Greuel could lose leads to voter ambivalence
City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel are locked in a tie for the lead in the Los Angeles mayoral primary, but their chances of clinching spots in the May runoff rest with a huge swath of likely voters open to switching candidates before Tuesday's vote, according to a new USC Price/Los Angeles Times poll. The survey, taken last Sunday through Wednesday, found Garcetti at 27% and Greuel at a statistically even 25%. Bunched behind the two Democrats were Republican lawyer Kevin James at 15% and Democratic Councilwoman Jan Perry at 14%. Former technology executive Emanuel Pleitez trailed at 5%.
Los Angeles Times

Slim majority supports L.A. sales tax increase
A Los Angeles sales tax hike being promoted as vital to preserving public safety and helping end years of budget deficits is drawing support from a narrow majority of likely voters, according to a new USC Price/L.A. Times poll. Fifty-three percent of surveyed voters said they definitely or probably would vote for Proposition A, which is on Tuesday's ballot and would raise $200 million a year by boosting the city's sales tax rate by half a cent to 9.5%, one of the highest in the state.
Los Angeles Times

Trutanich struggling in bid to keep his city attorney post
With large numbers of Los Angeles voters yet to make up their minds, a new poll shows that first-term City Atty. Carmen Trutanich is struggling to stay afloat as Tuesday's primary election approaches. Trutanich is in a statistical dead heat for second place with private attorney Greg Smith. Former lawmaker Mike Feuer enjoys a slight edge over both as the three candidates battle to advance to an expected May runoff.
Los Angeles Times

Gun Control

Guns: Faced with tougher laws, many Californians buy in Nevada
They stood in the crisp morning air clutching Red Bulls and bearing arms: Bushmaster rifles poking from backpacks, HK pistols nestled in cases, Colt semi-automatics propped on shoulders. Thousands of people, many from California and some toting unloaded guns for sale, waited in line for nearly two hours across from Reno's glitzy Atlantis Hotel on a recent Saturday for the chance to buy and sell weapons. It is a right, they insisted, that never has been in greater jeopardy in America.
Sacramento Bee

Prisons & Parole

Prison realignment loophole sees criminals back on streets unsupervised
A Chino man accused of a fatal shooting on Christmas had been released early from a San Bernardino County jail and left unsupervised as a result of a loophole in California's prison realignment program, according to authorities. Larry Darnell Bishop, 20, along with Gary Arthur Davis, 20, and Jerron Harris, 25, both of Pasadena, have been charged in the shooting death of 49-year-old Victor McClinton, a Los Angeles County sheriff's employee and founder of a nonprofit youth sports league in Pasadena.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Manson family member likely to seek freedom again, attorney says
After Gov. Jerry Brown Friday blocked parole for Manson family member Bruce Davis, the killer's attorney vowed to fight on for Davis' release. Davis' lawyer, Michael Beckman, said Friday that he will probably appeal again. Davis is eligible for another parole hearing as soon as October. Beckman said Brown's decision was political and his stated rationale for continuing to keep Davis, now 70, behind bars would be "laughable if the consequences for my client weren't so devastating."
Los Angeles Times


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