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ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER EDITORIAL: Sensible fix for AWOL sex offenders

April 04, 2013

Too often, toughened sentencing policies cast too wide of a net, which is why the Register's Opinion pages have railed at times against policies that up the ante on law enforcement by playing on public fears more than actual dangers. But a recent proposal by Sen. Ted Lieu , D-Torrance, to crack down on sex offenders who cut off their GPS monitoring devices is a needed fix to a real problem that is leading to serious danger for California residents.

MANHATTAN BEACH REPORTER: Legislators work to save vocational ed program for RUHS and other South Bay schools

April 04, 2013

The sense of urgency is intensifying for saving a hub of vocational education in the South Bay from closure, with four state legislators - two from the South Bay - jointly penning a letter expressing their deep concern.

Located on Crenshaw Boulevard near Wilson Park in Torrance, the existence of the 46-year-old Southern California Regional Occupational Center - widely known as SoCal ROC, or SCROC - is in jeopardy because of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed school-funding overhaul.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Sean Combs' Toluca Lake home 'swatted' by pranksters

April 03, 2013

Sean Combs' Toluca Lake home was the latest target of "swatting" after a prankster reported a fake assault with deadly weapon Wednesday at the $5-million mansion.

Lt. Andy Neiman said Combs' residence was targeted by a swatting prankster who made a call to authorities. The department will pursue those responsible for criminal charges, he said.

Multiple police cruisers responded to the large home shortly after 11 a.m. but found nothing unusual at the location. Sources said Combs was not home at the time of the response.

CalWATCHDOG: How your CA legislators spent spring break

April 03, 2013

By John Hrabe

California state legislators returned to the Capitol this week after a week-long spring vacation. The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert already pointed out that spring break is “something California legislators and college students have in common.” That made us think of those tedious school essays, “How I Spent My Spring Break.”

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Parolee GPS ankle monitors: Major flaws found in vendor's system

March 31, 2013

The electronic ankle monitors California used for several years to monitor more than 4,000 high-risk sex offenders and gang members were so inaccurate and unreliable that corrections officials said that the public was “in imminent danger.”

THE (NEWPORT BEACH) DAILY PILOT EDITORIAL: Seeking support for abandoned boat law

March 28, 2013

From the Boathouse


News of the week is that the Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC) is encouraging boaters to support SB 122, which was introduced by Sen. Ted W. Lieu. This bill will prevent the automatic sunset of the abandoned and derelict vessel program scheduled on Jan. 1, and RBOC is supporting this bill to make the program permanent.