CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2001
I didn't become a cop to get rich. So what do I care if we get pay parity and the 3% at 50 [which would allow deputies to retire after 25 years at age 50 and receive 75% of their salary] during this contract negotiation? I became a cop to help people. My wife and kids would like me to do this without getting killed in the process. My life can often depend on my partners. As people decide to become peace officers, they compare the hiring packages departments have to offer. The Ventura County Sheriff Department's package is below average, compared with other local agencies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 |
Los Angeles County leaders demanded Tuesday that Sheriff Lee Baca investigate hiring practices in response to a Times' investigation that found his department hired officers even though they had histories of misconduct. The move, approved unanimously by the county Board of Supervisors, requests Baca to report in two weeks on "whether exceptions were made to the hiring standards despite a commitment to conduct a full background on each applicant, [and] if so, who made those decisions and how will they be held accountable," according to a motion written by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
December 31, 2009 |
2010 will not be the year the hiring floodgates open. Although certain sectors of the economy are showing signs of a thaw, employers say they plan to tread carefully in the coming year, and those that are hiring say they will wait until the second half to fill jobs. But there is hope for employees who saw hours and benefits slashed, or who took on extra responsibilities as companies tried to hold on to the talent that kept them afloat in tough times. Tom Wilson, managing director at investment management firm Brinker Capital, said unemployment was expected to decline by 1 percentage point each year as the economy recovers, meaning that by the end of 2010, unemployment would hover at about 9%. Over the last 18 months, people have "hunkered down" at their jobs, said Brian Kropp, managing director of the Corporate Leadership Council, which surveys about 300,000 employees each quarter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2010 |
Worried about the city's ability to get through the rest of the fiscal year, a Los Angeles City Council committee recommended Monday that the Los Angeles Police Department immediately stop hiring new officers. On a 3-1 vote, the Budget and Finance Committee called for a halt to the hiring process, which currently allows the LAPD to replace those who resign or retire. The existing policy is designed to keep the number of sworn officers at 9,963 for the fiscal year that ends June 30. Councilman Bernard C. Parks said the committee made its decision after learning that the LAPD is on track to have 22 more officers than it expected because of lower than projected attrition rates.
December 17, 2013 |
Sheriff Lee Baca had his hands full last week responding to the arrests of 18 of his current and former deputies amid a continuing investigation into abuse of inmates at Los Angeles County's jails, so let's hope he hasn't forgotten that he is due to report today on the previous week's scandal: the hiring of dozens of deputies with personnel records that showed lying, cheating, excessive force and irresponsible use of firearms. The two matters aren't related in any formal sense; none of those arrested Dec. 9 was among the group that moved over to the Sheriff's Department in 2010 when the county's public safety police force was dissolved.
January 29, 2010 |
Acting quickly on a pledge in his State of the Union address, President Obama today will unveil a proposal to give a tax credit of up to $5,000 to companies for every new employee they add to their payrolls this year. A separate measure would offset the additional Social Security taxes that employers pay for boosting wages or hours of existing workers. Both programs, which combined would cost an estimated $33 billion and require congressional action, are aimed at spurring small businesses to move swiftly to hire new employees and bolster an economy that is technically growing but reeling from double-digit unemployment.