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LAPD Officers Tamper with Recording Equipment, Apologize to Commission
April 16, 2014 - LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and several top aides promised to monitor the problem more closely and vowed to be better about notifying the five-member police commission.

Sheriff's Department Partners With Nextdoor to Promote Neighborhood Safety
April 16, 2014 - With its Nextdoor partnership, the Sheriff’s Department in Sacramento, Calif., will be able to communicate online with neighborhoods in the county.

Elected Officials Call for Outside Review of Bay Bridge Corrosion
April 16, 2014 - Officials said their concerns stemmed from a local newspaper investigation published Sunday that identified rust inside a supposedly protected chamber.

Editorial: Yellow Cab Seeks to Join the Ride-Share Business
April 16, 2014 - Yellow Cab Co. is creating its own new model, called “Yellow X.” Like Lyft and Uber, drivers for Yellow X would be able to use their personal cars.

Palo Alto: PD Launches Mobile App to Share Info
April 16, 2014 - The app brings together information already shared through different channels, but with new features and functionality.

Lyft, Uber Continue to Operate in Face of Lawsuit
April 16, 2014 - The companies continue to pick up passengers in both San Antonio and Houston a week after a federal judge was approached.

Detroit Launches Auction Website to Help Sell Abandoned Homes
April 15, 2014 - The website will be the city's clearinghouse for auctions of homes that the city offers through a program that forces vacant home owners to fix them up and get them occupied.

Garcetti's Budget Adds More Firefighters in Los Angeles, Overhauls City's 911 Dispatch
April 15, 2014 - The revamped dispatch operation would unify separate police and fire emergency call centers and gradually replace some uniformed firefighters with lower-paid civilian phone operators.

Madison Joins Fight for Uber, Lyft
April 15, 2014 - Lyft was the first to land, launching its service at the end of February with Uber shortly after. Complaints from local taxi companies weren’t far behind.

Clark County Probation Department Can Take Months to Activate Monitoring Bracelets
April 15, 2014 - Probation employees say they’re trying to protect the county by giving those assigned to the program time to get finances in order.

Website Predicts Water Needs in Texas Communities
April 14, 2014 - The website's data offers communities important information as they plan projects for which they will apply for funding, according to the state's Water Development Board.

Extending Cell and Internet Coverage in the Pacific Northwest
April 14, 2014 - Using funding from federal and local governments, a public-private partnership is boosting Internet and cellphone speeds in some of the nation's most remote corners.

Editorial: License-plate Data and Privacy Rights
April 14, 2014 - Virginia law enforcement agencies and the commonwealth continue to use license-plate readers in a way that former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said violates state law.

Palo Alto, Calif., Expedites Permit and Inspection Process through Apps
April 14, 2014 - Officials put building permits and inspection process online using a civic cloud platform and innovative apps.

Westminster, Colo., Cuts Manhole Inspection Time by 90 Percent
April 13, 2014 - The process now takes inspectors on average 30 seconds versus 5 minutes.

Los Angeles No. 1 in Total Installed Solar, Report Says
April 11, 2014 - The city has been making strides in improving the relationship between solar customers and the L.A. Department of Water and Power, according to the California Solar Energy Industries Association.

Is it Time to Put a New Commuter Tax in Drive?
April 11, 2014 - D.C.'s Tax Revision Commission has suggested an unusual way to broaden the city's tax base -- and get around the federal government.

Houston Cab Companies Sue to Stop Uber, Lyft
April 10, 2014 - The lawsuit asks a federal judge to declare the companies are violating Houston and San Antonio ordinances by accepting payments for taking riders to destinations.

Boston Launches Wicked Free Wi-Fi
April 9, 2014 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh says the city is dedicated to expanding free public Wi-Fi program.