Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch
LA Police Protective League



Los Angeles
Police Protective League

the union that represents the
rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

Mar 6, 2013

City Election

L.A. mayor's race: Garcetti and Greuel top the field
City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel remained at ahead of the pack in the race for mayor of Los Angeles early Wednesday morning with all city precincts reporting. The top-two finishers in Tuesday's election, will face off in what is expected to be a bruising May 21 runoff. Only 16% of the city's 1.8 million registered voters cast ballots in the election.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. city attorney and controller races appear headed for runoffs
Former lawmaker Mike Feuer and Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich appeared headed for a May runoff election after a tempestuous campaign that pitted the wounded incumbent against two well-financed challengers. In another citywide contest, three-term Councilman Dennis Zine and lawyer Ron Galperin also appeared to be headed for a runoff in the race for controller. Four other candidates were well behind.
Los Angeles Times

Proposition A sales tax defeated
A proposed half-cent sales tax billed by supporters as critical for funding public safety and other Los Angeles city services appeared to be heading for a narrow defeat. The proposition needed 50 percent of the vote to pass in Tuesday's election, but with 100 percent of precincts reporting, it had received only about 45 percent of the vote. Proposition A would have increased the city's sales tax by a half-cent, putting it at 9.5 percent overall, just under the 10 percent cap imposed by state law.
City News Service

For complete elections results, visit the LA City Clerk website.

Law Enforcement

LAPD's impound policy not showing safety results yet
About a year ago, LAPD slackened its policy on impounding cars of unlicensed drivers for 30 days. Since then, total impounds have dropped 39 percent. The policy change, Special Order 7, was approved by the Los Angeles Police Commission. It primarily targeted unlicensed drivers who are undocumented immigrants.
Southern California Public Radio

Polling place shooting sparked by 'love triangle,' LAPD says
Los Angeles police on Tuesday night were still seeking a gunman suspected of opening fire in an attack at a polling place that left a worker wounded. Authorities told The Times on Tuesday night that they had identified a suspect and were confident that he would be arrested. They described the shooting as a "love triangle" turned violent.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD seeks 3 in Hollywood crime spree
Police Tuesday were on the lookout for two or three young men who wielded claw hammers, knives and possibly a Taser during a 20- minute crime spree that included three robberies and a carjacking in Hollywood. The crimes took place in intervals of about five minutes late Monday night, said Sgt. Enrique Mendoza of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Station.
City News Service

1,500 counterfeit Hermes handbags seized at Port of L.A.
Federal authorities have seized 1,500 counterfeit Hermes handbags from China at the Port of Los Angeles, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday. Genuine Hermes leather bags retail for thousands of dollars apiece. The two shipments, discovered on Feb. 12 and Feb. 26, would be worth as much as $14 million if sold at full price, the customs agency said.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD: Mentally disabled Canoga Park teen found
A mentally handicapped 15-year-old boy who went missing in Canoga Park was found safe Monday night, police said. Los Angeles police put out a public appeal Monday afternoon, saying Christopher Santos, who has the mental capacity of a 3-year-old, was last seen about 12:50 p.m. in the 8300 block of Hillview Avenue. Police said he was found unhurt Monday night and reunited with his family.
Los Angeles Daily News


Coldwater Canyon between Ventura Boulevard, Mulholland Drive to close for a month
S tarting on March 23, Coldwater Canyon between Ventura Boulevard and Mulholland Drive will be closed for a month to replace a problematic 100-year-old water main, Los Angeles officials announced Monday. The route, one of several key ways into the Valley and the Los Angeles Basin, has some 1,300 cars per hour that will need to find alternative routes while the work is underway.
Los Angeles Daily News

Prisons & Parole

High court upholds voter-approved deferrals of parole hearings
The state Supreme Court yesterday unanimously rejected a constitutional challenge to a section of the 2008 victim's rights initiative known as Marsy's Law. The court rejected arguments by Michael Vicks, imprisoned since 1983 for a string of violent felonies, that a provision of the initiative dealing with the scheduling of parole hearings constitutes an ex post facto law as applied to persons like himself whose crimes occurred before Marsy's Law was enacted.
Metropolitan News-Enterprise


About the LAPPL Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found on the Web at: