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 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.
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.
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.
July 24, 2010 |
Kennedy Pola is returning to USC's coaching staff, but the hiring of the popular assistant by Coach Lane Kiffin did not sit well with a former NFL colleague and USC alum. Pola, about to begin training camp as the running backs coach for the Tennessee Titans, was hired Saturday as USC's offensive coordinator. Pola replaces running backs coach Todd McNair, a central figure in the NCAA investigation that resulted in major sanctions against USC. Titans Coach Jeff Fisher, a former USC player, was not pleased with the way Kiffin handled the pursuit of Pola, who was hired by the Titans in January after five seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2010 |
Faced with an unrelenting fiscal crisis, Los Angeles city officials have refused to hire needed analysts for the Los Angeles Police Department's crime laboratory, hampering a plan to eliminate a backlog of untested DNA evidence from rape cases and angering victims' rights advocates. Last spring, despite a near freeze on all city hiring, the City Council set aside $1.4 million to hire 26 staffers for the LAPD lab and cover their salaries for about six months. The proposed hires were part of a three-year plan that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other officials unveiled in 2008, vowing at the time that it would remedy the chronic staffing shortfalls in the lab that had led to a massive backup of evidence.