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June 25, 1998 | JIM NEWTON and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Just beneath the surface of Los Angeles' charter reform debate, a historic struggle for power is being waged inside the LAPD, with the department's chief trying to solidify his authority and the city's police union taking what once would have been considered desperate measures to resist. According to documents submitted to the city's two charter commissions and interviews with many of the principals, Police Chief Bernard C.
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April 9, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
High-level Los Angeles officials were scrambling Wednesday after the City Council approved an ordinance that could have inadvertently boosted the pay of its top executives - a move portrayed by Council President Herb Wesson as "a mistake. " The council voted unanimously for a two-year salary plan covering non-union employees. A document prepared for the council suggested that there would be three increases over the next 15 months - 2.75% in June, 2.75% in December and 2.75% in June 2015 - for about three dozen department heads, including top executives at the police, planning, parks, library and transportation departments.
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OPINION
July 15, 2012
Re "Police chiefs get big final payouts," July 11 My primary reaction is that this is yet more evidence of the chasm that exists between what is provided for public employees and what is available in the private sector. How can anyone honestly believe that a contract providing for three months of vacation a year is justifiable? It's no wonder that these police chiefs have so much unused vacation and sick time that can be cashed out on retirement, as there is no way that anyone in a nonclerical position can do his job while being absent 25% of the time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Joel Rubin and Kate Mather
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Thursday he is interested in a second term as the city's top cop. In comments to reporters at a monthly media briefing, Beck said he would be "more than proud" to continue as the head of the agency should city officials make the offer. Speaking from a terrace on the top floor of the Police Department's downtown headquarters, Beck said he had conveyed his wishes to Mayor Eric Garcetti and members of the Police Commission, which oversees the LAPD.
WORLD
January 15, 2009 | Ned Parker
In the darkened living room of a house surrounded by concrete barriers, Safaa Mamouri wipes his eyes and reproaches himself for how little he resembles his dead brother, a man even his enemies admired. "Qais was fearless. I'm not like him," he says. "From the first threat, I quit." Maj. Gen. Qais Hamza Mamouri presided over security here in Babil province at a dangerous time, when the country's sectarian war raged.
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
July 11, 2012 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
El Monte Police Chief Thomas Armstrong oversaw a modestly sized department, with 120 officers patrolling a city of 113,000 residents. But when Armstrong stepped down last year, he was paid nearly $430,000 - significantly more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck or Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. The payday was possible thanks to a clause in Armstrong's contract that allowed him to accrue unlimited sick and vacation hours and sell them back to the city at the end of his career.
OPINION
June 1, 2010
Not buying Beck Re " Arizona law faces federal challenges," May 27 To paraphrase Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, if illegal immigrants don't come forward to report crime for fear they will be deported, the police will have a harder time solving crimes. Isn't it possible for people here illegally to report crimes anonymously? Wouldn't upholding the law by sending illegal immigrants packing result in fewer crimes and less fear among legal citizens? It has been reported that 70% of the voting public denounces amnesty, supports tougher laws against illegal entry into the United States and wants our borders secured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2010 | By David Kelly
Former Riverside Police Chief Russ Leach received preferential treatment when he was stopped in February after crashing his city-owned car following a night of drinking, according to an internal review of the incident. Normally, Riverside police would have conducted a field sobriety test, collected physical evidence and made an arrest, the report said. Instead, they drove the chief home. "It is clear that the former chief was given preferential treatment," said City Manager Bradley Hudson in a statement released late Tuesday.
NEWS
April 17, 1992
Los Angeles' first chief of police--Jacob F. Gerkins--was appointed in 1876. Since then, there have been 48, including interim chiefs. Below are a few of those who preceded Chief Daryl F. Gates, who was appointed in 1978. EDWARD M. DAVIS Aug. 29, 1969, to Jan. 15, 1978 One of the department's more flamboyant and outspoken leaders, Davis presided over the force during a time of sweeping social changes--changes that did not always meet his approval.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The head of Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers had been uncompromising since early December,  when a judge ordered him to turn over some evidence. So uncompromising that he made a meal of evidence. But first some background: A defense attorney in Miami had wanted to read the tip given to Crime Stoppers that led to his client's arrest on suspicion of cocaine possession. The Crime Stoppers' boss, a former police chief, finally decided to follow a court order and brought in a printout of the anonymous tip last week.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Cities, counties and law enforcement officials across California are bristling at a 6-year-old law that they contend prevents regulation of massage parlors they suspect offer more than therapeutic bodywork. A profusion of massage parlors, often near schools and neighborhoods, creates blight, they complained at a legislative hearing. Local government officials told lawmakers last week that they're frustrated by a 2008 law that sought to regulate illicit massage parlors and support legitimate spas and other businesses.
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.
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.
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 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1997 | BILL BILLITER
After 32 years of police service, including 24 years in La Palma, Police Chief David S. Barr has announced plans to retire in midsummer. "I believe the time has come for me to settle back, shift gears, turn to new directions and explore life's next horizon," Barr, 53, said. He said he will continue teaching at Golden West College and Fullerton College, where he is an adjunct faculty member in the criminal justice programs. Mayor Kenneth Blake said that City Manager Daniel E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1999
A police captain and 32-year veteran of the department will become the city's new police chief Sept. 12. David Hinig, 52, will succeed Chief Ronnie Garner, who is retiring after four years of overseeing the 73-officer department, City Manager William Kelly said. "I'm excited, proud and humbled to have been selected to lead the men and women of the Arcadia Police Department," Hinig said. He added that he will step up a transition to community-oriented policing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
The decision to return eight Los Angeles police officers involved in a controversial shooting to full duty sparked an unusual public spat between the police chief and his civilian boss Thursday. In a department-wide message sent Wednesday, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced the seven patrol officers and a sergeant will be retrained and then allowed to resume their regular duties. For the last year, the officers have been kept off the streets on desk assignments as department officials investigated the shooting, in which the officers fired more than 100 rounds after mistaking two women in a pickup truck for fugitive Christopher Dorner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - A day after the first Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer was killed in the line of duty in the agency's 42-year history - gunned down accidentally by a fellow officer - the department struggled to come to terms with the loss of Det. Sgt. Tommy Smith. "We're in shock, disbelief, we're numb, we're grieving," BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey told reporters at BART's Oakland headquarters, describing the 23-year veteran who headed the detective unit as "very supportive of his personnel, just a really really happy guy, a family man. " Smith, 42, is survived by his wife, Kellie, a BART police officer who heads the department's K-9 unit, and their 6-year-old daughter.
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