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from LA Police Protective League

Oct 2, 2013

Law Enforcement

Dodgers' big gift moves LAPD closer to on-body video cameras
Since joining the Los Angeles Police Commission last month, Steve Soboroff has been making calls to some of the city's deepest pockets, asking them to pony up the $1 million he says he needs to jump-start an ambitious project: Outfitting LAPD officers with small video cameras that would record their encounters with people. His unorthodox approach to fundraising for the LAPD has paid dividends and got its latest boost Tuesday when the Dodgers and members of the team's ownership group announced a $250,000 donation to the effort.
Los Angeles Times

Calabasas man gets 50 years to life in slaying of El Camino soccer goalie
A Calabasas man convicted of murdering a popular El Camino Real High School soccer goalie in 2012 was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years to life in prison. Jason Schumann, 24, did not look at the nearly two dozen family members, friends and former teammates of 17-year-old Francisco "Pancho" Rodriguez gathered in a Van Nuys courtroom, staring straight ahead as several spoke to Judge Michael Jesic before the sentencing.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD kicks off National Bullying Prevention Month in Hollywood
The Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday kicked off National Bullying Prevention Month in Hollywood. KNX 1070s Vytas Safronikas said the department, along with other groups and leaders, wants to motivate the community to recognize, address and prevent bullying throughout October through events, activities, outreach and education. They started by addressing a group of students at Hollywood School House.

Man fatally shot in Del Rey home, suspect in custody
Police Tuesday morning were investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Del Rey. A man called police around 7:50 p.m. Monday to report that another man had been shot inside his home in the 4700 block of La Villa Marina, said Sgt. April Harding of the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Station. When police arrived, the caller led them to the victim, who had suffered a gunshot wound, she said.
City News Service

Thieves target women's wallets at San Pedro supermarket
Police are trying to identify two thieves caught on video roaming through a supermarket, distracting elderly female shoppers while targeting the wallets inside their purses. The men succeeded in one theft, but failed in the two others, during recorded attempts Sept. 17 at the Ralphs supermarket at 1050 N. Western Ave. You've got one suspect who distracts the victim with conversation. The second moves on her," said Los Angeles police Detective Don Eldridge. "They had two attempts, and then they actually got one."
Torrance Daily Breeze

Man Arrested with meth in Highland Park
A suspected gang member carrying methamphetamine led Los Angeles Police Department officers on a chase that began Tuesday afternoon on Monte Vista Avenue and Avenue 54 and ended on Avenue 51 and Meridian. The suspect ran into a house on the northwest corner of Avenue 51 and Meridian, prompting police to call in helicopter support, set up a perimeter and pull out all the members of the house, along with the suspect, Sgt. Roberto Alaniz, a watch commander on duty at the LAPD Northeast Division, said.
Highland Park Patch

New Laws

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill to outlaw 'revenge porn'
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed bills that will ease the state's sale of potentially hundreds of surplus homes in Los Angeles County, outlaw an Internet trend known as "revenge porn" and help the state implement the Affordable Care Act. The governor signed 36 bills, including a measure that would allow Caltrans to fast-track the sale of properties that are no longer needed for the long-stalled project to extend the 710 Freeway from Alhambra to Pasadena.
Los Angeles Times

Death Penalty

Los Angeles County leads the U.S. in imposing the death penalty
Although Texas executes far more prisoners than any other state, Los Angeles and three other Southern California counties lead the nation in sentencing convicts to die, according to a report released Wednesday. Los Angeles County had 228 inmates on death row at the start of the year, more than double that of second-place Harris County, Texas. Riverside, Orange, San Diego and San Bernardino counties also ranked in the top 12, as did Alameda and Sacramento counties. In all, seven of the top 12 were in California.
Los Angeles Times

City Government

Mayor Eric Garcetti tells several managers they will keep their jobs
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has told at least five of the city's department heads that he has decided to keep them as high-level managers, part of his months-long effort to build a new administration. Garcetti, who is going through a review of more than 30 department heads, has informed Michael LoGrande, who runs the Department of City Planning, and Brenda Barnette, general manager of the Animal Services Department, that they will get to stay.
Los Angeles Times

Panel gives DWP 2 weeks to account for nonprofits' spending
Newly appointed commissioners of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have given officials two weeks to account for millions of ratepayer dollars spent by a pair of nonprofit trusts created to improve relations between the city-owned utility and its largest employee union. DWP managers said last month that they had scant records showing how more than $40 million had been spent since 2000 by the Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institute, which are co-managed by the department and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18.
Los Angeles Times

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