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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

Nov 6, 2013

Law Enforcement

LAX shooting: Public is not ready for beefed up security, Beck says
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday that he believes the American public is not ready to accept the level of airport security that would be needed to prevent another attack like last week's deadly shooting at LAX. "We can search every car like a military checkpoint at gunpoint and make it impossible for [a shooting] to happen," Beck said. "But it would take days to get into LAX, and people are not ready for that." "Neither am I," he added.
Los Angeles Times

Holder fears 'lone wolf' terrorist attack, doesn't want TSA armed
Attorney General Eric Holder is most afraid of a terrorist attack on the United States from a so-called "lone wolf," such as the attackers involved in the Washington Navy Yard and Los Angeles International Airport shootings. "I'm very concerned about individuals who get radicalized in a variety of ways, sometimes self-radicalized," the nation's top law enforcement officer told CNN's Justice reporter Evan Perez in an exclusive interview. Just days after a shooter entered LAX airport and killed one Transportation Security Administration worker, Holder rejected the idea to arm those officers.

Caught on Camera: LA credit card thieves may be connected to community of criminals
Surveillance video obtained by NBC4 Tuesday shows two people who may be part of what Los Angeles police described as a community of criminals who steal and then share credit cards. The footage taken at a Wal-Mart store in Torrance on Oct. 19 shows a male and female pull up in an older model Honda Accord. They are later seen leaving the store after trying to use a stolen credit that was declined, Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Division detectives said.

Public's help sought in locating missing woman, 76, with medical condition
The Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday was asking for the public's help in locating a missing 76-year-old woman. Bernice Branch was last seen Oct. 10 around 12 p.m. in the 2400 block of Virginia Road, police said. Branch suffers from an unspecified medical condition and is in need of ongoing medical care, according to authorities.

3 officers injured in Fresno shooting; suspect dead
Three law-enforcement officers were shot and injured Tuesday by a man who emerged from a pile of clothing in the garage of a southeast Fresno apartment and opened fire. The officers - a parole agent, a U.S. marshal and a Fresno County sheriff's detective - were taken to Community Regional Medical Center with minor
injuries. The armed suspect was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire.
Fresno Bee

LAPD violated state law to avoid impounding illegal immigrants' vehicles in Full Disclosure Network TV-Internet series
Watch the 1-minute preview video in the first of three segments of a Full Disclosure Network TV-Internet series featuring Paul Orfanedes, Litigation Director of Judicial Watch, as he divulges how the LAPD and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa crafted Special Order 7, to change the rules on towing and impounding vehicles belonging to illegal immigrants. Orfanedes charges that the Mayor and the LAPD didn't like the stringent state law, and attempted to make an exception for these individuals. Segment Two will be released on November 27, and Segment Three on December 18.
Full Disclosure Network News Release

Law enforcement unfamiliar with DHS nominee
When the White House called some of the nation's major law enforcement associations with a heads-up that the president would tap Jeh Johnson to run the Homeland Security Department, the response on the other end of the line was brief: Who? The former Pentagon lawyer and longtime Barack Obama supporter is not a household name throughout the 18,000 law enforcement agencies around the country - agencies that are considered among the Homeland Security Department's most important partners.
Associated Press

The Courts

Bail bondsman can't make pitch to inmate in person
Bail bond companies can advertise their services to new jail inmates, their main source of business. They can approach an arrestee's family, friends or lawyer to try to arrange bail. But in California, they can't make an in-person sales pitch to an inmate who hasn't requested it - and a state appeals court says the restriction, which carries criminal penalties, doesn't violate freedom of speech. The ban, enacted by the state Department of Insurance in 1977, protects arrestees from "harassment, intimidation, fraud or other forms of overreaching common to direct solicitation of bail," the Second District Court of Appeal said Tuesday.
San Francisco Chronicle

Social Workers

Union sues L.A. County over social worker staffing
The union representing Los Angeles County social workers filed a lawsuit Tuesday to force the county to reduce case loads. Service Employees International Union Local 721 - which represents about 55,000 county employees - alleged in the suit that the county had ignored a directive issued by an arbitrator last year to reduce the social worker-to-child ratios in the Compton office of the county child welfare department. Under their contract, the social workers are supposed to monitor no more than 30 children at a time, but SEIU said they often handle two or three times that number.
Los Angeles Times

City Government

L.A. councilman faults 'gaps in communication' after LAX shooting
A Los Angeles City Council member Tuesday criticized what he called "gaps in communication" between Los Angeles International Airport workers and thousands of stranded, evacuated passengers in the hours after Friday's shooting. Councilman Mike Bonin, whose Westside district includes LAX, praised the public safety response to accused gunman Paul Ciancia, who police say entered Terminal 3, fatally shot a TSA agent and wounded two more.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. seeks proposals to achieve free citywide Wi-Fi
Calling it a move to push the 20th century into the 21st century, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a request for proposals to develop free Wi-Fi service citywide. Councilman Bob Blumenfield acknowledged the plan could carry a price tag of $60 million to $100 million for basic Wi-Fi services, with the Information and Technology Agency estimating a full buildout of the system could run $3 billion to $5 billion.
Los Angeles Daily News


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