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September 25, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Marguerite P. Justice, who was hailed as the first black woman to serve as a police commissioner in the United States when she stepped into that role in 1971 in Los Angeles, has died. She was 88. Justice, a longtime community activist who was fondly referred to as "Mama J," died Sept. 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long illness, her family said. When then-Mayor Sam Yorty appointed Justice to the Los Angeles Police Commission, she was only the second woman to sit on the five-member board.
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November 3, 1993
The Los Angeles Police Commission voted Tuesday to approve an ambitious plan for expanding the Los Angeles Police Department and to request $14.9 million to begin implementing it. The plan, which was unveiled last month by Mayor Richard Riordan, calls for expanding the LAPD by 2,855 officers during the next five years. It also proposes beefing up the department's street presence by hiring more civilians to free up officers and by paying officers to work overtime and on their days off.
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February 24, 2001
Developer Rick Caruso said Friday that he had turned down Mayor Richard Riordan's request to take Gerald Chaleff's place on the Los Angeles Police Commission. Caruso said he was "deeply honored" that the mayor asked him to serve on the civilian oversight panel, but wants to continue his work on the city's Department of Water and Power commission. "I feel compelled to remain on the board to help craft a statewide solution to our energy crisis," Caruso said.
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April 11, 1997
The Los Angeles Police Commission rescheduled interviews with candidates for interim police chief, authorities announced Thursday. The interviews were abruptly canceled last week because commissioners said they needed to review the City Council's rejection of any buyout plan that would facilitate an early departure for Chief Willie L. Williams. After discussing the matter with the chief, commissioners said they have decided to proceed with the interviews.
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