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September 14, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday ordered its staff to look into raising boaters' fees and other harbor charges after a grand jury questioned why the county was footing the bill for nearly $10 million in harbor patrol services each year.
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April 22, 2005 | Nicholas Shields, Times Staff Writer
Three days after the second racially and gang-motivated brawl at Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles, about 1,000 parents, students and community members crammed into the campus auditorium Thursday night to hear what district and city officials were going to do about the violence.
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April 20, 2005 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
The school day at Jefferson High School passed without incident Tuesday. But it was far from typical. After a surprise visit from Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Roy Romer, Mayor James K. Hahn showed up. At one point, school Police Chief Alan Kerstein, who was also there, said 29 school police officers patrolled the South Los Angeles campus and 12 more roamed nearby. Attendance at the 2,400-student school was down by almost half.
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April 15, 2005 | Susana Enriquez and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
California Highway Patrol officers on Wednesday stepped up patrols along a stretch of the Harbor Freeway through South Los Angeles after two motorists in two weeks were fatally shot in midday attacks. The sprays of bullets on one of Southern California's most-traveled stretches of roadway occurred four miles apart and during roughly the same time: afternoon rush hour.
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February 10, 2005 | George Skelton
It's hard to say which is worse: the banged-up, twerp Toyota that cuts you off doing 90 mph, or the narcissistic Navigator that pounces on your tail and rides there demanding the road. They're both accidents in the making. And where is the California Highway Patrol when you need it? That zigzagging runt-mobile driven by a college kid could quickly be compacted if it hit the brakes after darting in front of a heavy-duty pickup towing a 3-ton boat.
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December 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Oakland Police Department is disbanding its mounted patrol, citing the need to assign more officers to deal with "sideshows" -- illegal car races that often turn violent. Residents say they will be sorry to see the end of the equestrian unit after nearly 25 years. Police recommended to the city administrator that the two full-time officers in the mounted unit be reassigned. A spokeswoman for the administrator said Friday that the recommendation has been approved.
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December 14, 2004 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Counterterrorism officials, prompted by a series of overseas attacks against commercial airliners, have quietly taken steps to protect jetliners at Los Angeles International Airport from terrorists armed with shoulder-launched missiles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Led by Councilwoman Janice Hahn, the City Council on Wednesday approved putting $1.5 million toward increasing police patrols in the city's housing projects. Under the plan, the city waived fees the Housing Authority owed it in exchange for an agreement that the money would be spent on police.
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August 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
State Fish and Game officials unveiled five speedy new boats Thursday that will be used to patrol the state's coast when looking for poachers, scofflaws and potential terrorists. The 58-foot catamarans will join several other boats operated by the agency, the U.S. Coast Guard and local police and sheriff's departments.
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April 29, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Digital video cameras could be installed in half a dozen Oakland police cruisers by summer. Members of the City Council's Public Safety Committee endorsed the project Tuesday. They said it would help restore public trust in police while reducing the number of claims filed against the Police Department for excessive force. Last year, the city paid $5.5 million to settle dozens of legal claims. The cost of each unit, which includes a camera and software, ranges from $5,000 to $12,000.
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