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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The City Council voted 8 to 0 on Tuesday to affirm Mayor Kevin Faulconer's nomination of Asst. Chief Shelley Zimmerman as the first woman to be police chief in city history. Zimmerman, 54, a 31-year veteran of the department, succeeds Chief Bill Lansdowne, 69, who retired Monday after 10 years as chief. "I'm so excited for our city that you're here for us," said Councilman Scott Sherman. Some council members said they would have preferred a nationwide search.
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WORLD
March 3, 2014 | Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
The Kremlin power play in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region escalated Sunday with Russian-backed authorities ordering Ukrainian army and navy units to surrender their weapons as an outraged international community warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that he risks censure for violating Ukraine's sovereignty. The United States accused Moscow of reinforcing an estimated 6,000 naval and ground troops in Crimea with additional personnel and announced that Secretary of State John F. Kerry would fly to Kiev, Ukraine's capital, on Tuesday in a show of support for the beleaguered Ukrainian government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
When Catherine Aleman and Ana Renteria learned that L.A. Unified might move or close their small school in East Los Angeles, they did what the Academy of Environmental and Social Policy had taught them to do: They tried to make a difference and organized a protest. The students said the academy - an offshoot of Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights - transformed their lives. The small campus has created close ties with students and teachers who push them toward college and stay after hours to help them with challenges such as Shakespearean prose.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer said Wednesday that he plans to name Assistant Chief Shelley Zimmerman to succeed Chief Bill Lansdowne, who is set to retire Monday after 10 years heading the San Diego Police Department. Zimmerman, 54, has been with the San Diego department for 31 years. She is a graduate of Ohio State University. She will be the first woman to be chief in department history. Her selection was immediately praised by Acting Mayor Todd Gloria, Dist. Atty.
NEWS
February 26, 2014
Chris Avetisian was named senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Los Angeles Times in February 2008. Most of his career has been in publishing, with almost 30 years of business experience at The Times. Since 1978, Avetisian has worked in the operations, administration and finance departments at The Times. Most recently, he served as director of financial planning, where he coordinated all planning and capital needs of The Times. Avetisian's interest in business and the community led to his appointment to the Board of Directors of the Pacific Symphony in 2007.
NEWS
February 26, 2014
Eddy W. Hartenstein is Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Times, where since August, 2008, he has been responsible for all aspects of print, digital and mobile operations of the country's largest metropolitan daily news organization, as well as those of the Los Angeles Times Media Group's portfolio. Prior to the company's January 2013 change of ownership, he was also President and Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Company, one of the country's leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in publishing, digital and broadcasting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A top Monterey County prosecutor confirmed Tuesday that a group of former and current King City police officials -- including the longtime former chief and acting chief -- have been arrested in connection with a district attorney's investigation. Chief Assistant Dist. Atty. Terry Spitz declined to release details of the arrests and charges before a 2 p.m. news conference in Salinas, the county seat. King City, an agricultural town with a population of about 13,000, sits 50 miles to the south on Highway 101 in the Salinas Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - In a predawn sweep that stunned the Salinas Valley town of King City, the acting police chief, a former chief, other police employees and a towing company owner were arrested Tuesday, some on charges connected to a scheme to steal impounded cars belonging mostly to Latino immigrants, authorities said. A police sergeant was allowed to keep one impounded vehicle for every 10 to 15 he steered to a towing company owned by the brother of the acting police chief, according to the criminal complaint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Police Chief Bill Lansdowne said Tuesday that he will retire effective Monday, after 10 years as chief. Lansdowne, 69, became chief here in 2003 after serving as chief in San Jose and Richmond. Lansdowne talked recently for an hour with Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer but said that Faulconer did not request his resignation. Faulconer will be sworn in Monday. The San Diego department, with 1,856 sworn officers, has long been considered one of the nation's best, particularly in the technique of community oriented policing in which police and residents meet frequently to discuss problems.
WORLD
February 23, 2014 | Tracy Wilkinson, Don Bartletti and Richard A. Serrano
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's biggest drug traffickers and Mexico's most-wanted fugitive, was captured Saturday in a joint U.S.-Mexican operation after more than a decade on the run, officials of both countries announced. Guzman was arrested by agents who burst into the seaside condominium in the Sinaloa resort of Mazatlan where he had moved just two days earlier. His capture was a huge symbolic blow to Mexican drug trafficking, a world in which he had reached folk hero status, and an important victory for the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto.
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