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Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

Sept 5, 2013

Law Enforcement

Most Awesome Museums - Winner: Police Historical Society Museum
The nation's preeminent Police Museum, the LA Police Museum, shares LAPD's rich history via an engaging audio tour and numerous fascinating exhibits. This is the perfect place to take your kiddo who can't get enough of learning about the "good guys," and children 12 and under get free admission. For a fun family outing, bring your kids to walk a footbeat through the Los Angeles Police Department history.
Red Tricycle

L.A. County DUI crackdown results in 2,313 arrests
An 18-day crackdown on drunk driving across Los Angeles County resulted in 2,313 arrests, authorities said. That total was up compared with the same period last year, when 2,098 DUI-related arrests were made, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The latest crackdown saw increased DUI patrols and a ramped-up schedule of checkpoints in cities across the county starting Aug. 16 and ending on Labor Day, officials said.
Los Angeles Times

$50,000 reward offered in fatal hit-and-run on Aug. 17 in Studio City
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a $50,000 reward for information on the driver responsible for the death of a 35-year-old advertising executive, killed in a hit-and-run Aug. 17 in Studio City. Michael Bonanomi was crossing Ventura Boulevard about 11:40 p.m. after getting a snack at a local restaurant when he was hit by what police believe is a white Mercedes-Benz CL-Class that was traveling between 45 and 50 miles per hour.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD offers wheel-locking devices to fight East LA car thefts
Residents in two East Los Angeles neighborhoods are fighting off a rash of car thefts with a little help from police. KNX 1070s Megan Goldsby reports the LAPD want people in Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights to "Lock it, Hide it, Keep it". Police are partnering with the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council and the Police Advisory Board in response to an estimated 1,000 citizens in the LAPD Hollenbeck Division community who have been victims of auto-related thefts so far this year.

What will become of LAPD's Parker Center?
Three alternatives for the iconic Parker Center, the former Los Angeles Police Department headquarters closed with the construction of the new Police Administration Building, were suggested Tuesday in a report going to city officials. The draft environmental impact report said the building, at 150 N. Los Angeles St., could be completely torn down, partially demolished or rehabilitated to become office space for city workers.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man accused of stabbing younger sister to death on NoHo sidewalk
Police say a 22-year-old man stabbed his younger sister to death on a North Hollywood sidewalk Monday evening because her presence at their parents' home enraged him. Mario Alejandro Martinez pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday in Van Nuys and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, according to Sheriff's Department records. Detectives say Mario had a strained relationship with his sister, Raquel, 19, and when she arrived at the apartment he shared with his parents in the 6000 block of Farmdale Avenue on Monday evening, he became angry.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety

Car computer hackers can slam on your brakes at freeway speeds
As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what's to stop a hacker from taking over yours? In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine - all from their laptop computers. The hackers are publicizing their work to reveal vulnerabilities present in a growing number of car computers. All cars and trucks contain anywhere from 20 to 70 computers.
Associated Press

Tsunami would flood large swath of Southland coast, USGS says
A large tsunami hitting California would cause major flooding in Long Beach and parts of Orange County and force 750,000 people to evacuate coastal areas in a few hours, according to extensive simulation published Wednesday by U.S. Geological Survey. The study, released two years after a tsunami killed thousands in Japan, identified several communities that are particularly vulnerable to flooding because of their low elevation and lack of protection from waves.
Los Angeles Times


Slash and Burn: The war against California pensions
"Pension reform" has become the latest battle cry in a seemingly endless war that has ostensibly been declared against tax-dollar waste, but whose single-minded purpose has been to slash the job protections and benefits enjoyed by California's working middle class. Pension-cutting advocates have filled airwaves, websites and op-ed pages with stories about employees retiring in early middle age on six-figure pensions. The reality is that the average state and municipal worker retires on about $26,000 a year.
Frying Pan News


California inmates told: get ready to move
Without waiting for funding or approval from the Legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown's prison administration has told inmates that it has begun preparations to move thousands of them to private lockups, including prisons out of state. "Every potentially eligible offender will be screened for transfer.... While a transfer may cause a hardship to you or your families, it is an action the state must pursue in order to comply with a court order," reads a memo distributed Tuesday throughout the state prison system, signed by corrections secretary Jeffrey Beard.
Los Angeles Times


California bill increasing Internet protections sent to governor
Internet users would get more protection for their confidential information under a bill that lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday. The legislators also want Brown to extend carpool-lane access for owners of hybrid plug-in vehicles and to toughen state rules for storing guns. The Internet bill is an effort to keep up with technology, lawmakers said. Existing law requires that consumers be notified when database operators find breaches that disclose Social Security, driver's license and credit card numbers or medical records.
Los Angeles Times

City Government

Councilman Tom LaBonge renews efforts to bring pro football to L.A.
As the National Football League begins its 18th season without a team in Los Angeles, a city official renewed calls on Wednesday for the return of professional football. Councilman Tom LaBonge, in a resolution submitted to the City Council, has urged the city to again go on record in support of being home to one or two NFL teams. "The 2013 NFL season - the 94th regular season - is set to begin Thursday with the defending
Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens playing the Denver Broncos," LaBonge said in his resolution.|
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. rolls out business-tax amnesty program
Business-tax scofflaws in the city of Los Angeles can catch a break on their financial misbehavior. Fess up now, and shave your bill under the city's Tax Amnesty program. Timing is critical, though, because the tax forgiveness offer expires on Dec. 2. The city's Office of Finance rolled out the program this week as a "business friendly" way of collecting some of the money it's owed.
Los Angeles Daily News


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