SAN JOSE GIVES COPS RAISES TO IMPROVE RETENTION: SAN JOSE . (AP) — San Jose has given its police officers an 11 percent raise in the hopes of stopping them from leaving the city for more lucrative jobs.
The City Council voted Tuesday to hand out the pay increases as well as to name its acting police chief, Larry Esquivel, to the police chief post permanently.
San Jose cops and all other city workers took a 10 percent pay cut during the recession to avert more layoffs. The city's force is down to about 910 officers, who patrol a city of nearly a million.
Last year, the average officer in San Jose made $111,185 in gross pay, which is in the middle of the pack for the Bay Area, and near the bottom for Silicon Valley.
MAN FOUND BURNED IN VAN MAY HAVE BEEN GAS THIEF: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say a man whose burned body was found inside a van may have been trying to steal gasoline at a service station.
City News Service the body was found at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at a South Los Angeles gas station. The man's identity hasn't been released.
Officer Manuel Gomez tells KCBS-TV that there was some type of pump coming from the parked van to an underground gasoline tank and the man may have been trying to steal fuel.
LOS ANGELES TO SETTLE OFFICERS' LAWSUITS FOR $6M: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The City Council agreed to pay $5.9 million to settle lawsuits by 11 police officers that claimed they were punished for failing to meet or objecting to traffic ticket quotas, the police chief said Tuesday.
The Los Angeles council approved settlements of two suits brought by current and former officers.
"I'm pleased, and I'm sure the officers are pleased. They can put this matter to rest," Gregory Smith, an attorney for the officers, told City News Service.
Police Chief Charlie Beck denied that the Los Angeles Police Department had traffic ticket quotas — which are illegal under state law — but said traffic officers did have productivity goals.