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Tomorrow, the LA Police Commission will decide if Charlie Beck has earned a second 5-year term as Chief of the LAPD. Meantime, the LA Times is reporting that aggravated assault is 14% higher than the Department’s been saying. Other issues are inconsistent discipline of officers and the LAPD’s purchase of Beck’s daughter’s horse. We’ll ask a Police Commissioner who’s been critical of Beck if misreporting the crime rate will that make a difference.

Also, the dream—and the reality—of a high-speed rail coming to California.

Banner Image: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck; Credit: Antonio R. Villaraigosa

New Investigation Shows LAPD Misclassified 1,200 Violent Crimes 13 MIN, 24 SEC

The LA Police Commission is scheduled to vote tomorrow on whether to re-nominate Charlie Beck for a second term as Chief of the LAPD. One measure will be the rate at which crime has been going down. On Saturday, the LA Times reported that there has been mis-reporting. During 12 months, ending last September, almost 1,200 incidents of stabbings, beatings and robberies were classified as minor crimes rather than the felony crime of aggravated assault.

Joel Rubin worked on the investigation, a study of thousands of police records, interviews with two-dozen current and retired LAPD officers and analysis by several experts. Commissioner Robert Saltzman has been critical—most recently, “surprised and troubled”by the way Beck handed the Department’s purchase of his daughter’s horse.

Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times (@joelrubin)
Rob Saltzman, Los Angeles Police Commission

California’s High-Speed Rail: Construction Begins, But the Debate Rages On 11 MIN, 10 SEC

In 2008, California voters approved $9.9 billion for a high-speed rail from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Now, the projected cost is $68 billion, and public support has been declining. Faced with a race for re-election in November, Governor Jerry Brown is as enthusiastic as ever, while his Republican opponent, Neel Kashkari calls it the “crazy train.” James Fallows is national correspondent for the Atlantic magazine. He’s written a 7-part series calling California’s high-speed rail the most important infrastructure project in the nation.

Despite lawsuits filed by Central Valley farmers, buildings already are being knocked down in Fresno to make way for high-speed rail construction. Last week, an appellate court ruled unanimously that the High Speed Rail Authority can begin to sell bonds to finance it. And tomorrow, the Authority will review the use of cap-and-trade money to pay the bills. But the tracks, to use an appropriate metaphor, are by no means clear. Carla Marinucci reports on politics for the San Francisco Chronicle.

James Fallows, Atlantic (@JamesFallows)
Carla Marinucci, Politico (@cmarinucci)

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