Attacked From All Sides

Last month, officers and the unions that represent them breathed a collective sigh of relief: Assembly Bill 931 was declared dead for the legislative session. The bill, authored by Assembly Members Shirley Weber (D–San Diego) and Kevin McCarty (D–Sacramento), would have raised the state standard for officers’ use of lethal force from “reasonable” to “necessary.” Soon after AB 931 was introduced to the Legislature, law enforcement organizations called the bill oppressive and anti-public safety. Read More »

A Summer of Discontent

Beyond the record heat wave and monumental fires in Southern California, it has been a long, hot summer at LAXPD. The end of summer 2018 will be remembered for the unprecedented number of lawsuits that have been filed against LAXPD Chief David L. Maggard Jr. and airport executives. The complaints are far-ranging — from police […] Read More »

California Supreme Court Grants Review in Landmark Vested Rights Case

By Mastagni Holstedt, APC The California Supreme Court has granted review in ACDSA v. Alameda County Employees Retirement Association (ACSDA), setting the stage for a landmark series of high court rulings on vested pension rights. Mastagni Holstedt, APC, which represents the ACDSA in the appeal, has filed friend of the court briefs in two other […] Read More »

A Numbers Game

On Friday, August 10, Richard Russell, an airport ground worker who learned how to fly planes from playing video games, took a Bombardier Q400 turboprop plane belonging to his employer, Horizon Air (an Alaska Airlines subsidiary), from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and crashed it on Ketron Island, located southwest of Tacoma, Washington.  Russell had full credentials […] Read More »


The Toxins We Breathe In

LAXPD officers often face safety threats as they work daily and diligently to protect the traveling public at Los Angeles International Airport, one of the nation’s busiest. The last thing they need is bodily threats from exposure to toxic air contaminants that can endanger their health. It’s time to change that. The Dangers Emissions from […] Read More »

Crystal Ball w/ Badge

What if LAXPD Had the Resources to Do Better?

Back in May, we applauded the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners’ decision to approve the building of a state-of-the art police facility that would consolidate all LAXPD operations in one 12-acre site. This major step forward in public safety at LAX shows the willingness of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to modernize the LAXPD to match the security needs of our massively expanding airport. Read More »

LAXPD Is Hiring!

With Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the midst of a $15 billion modernization effort to accommodate increased passengers, LAXPD is taking another step to keep up. It’s hiring! What airport police do is vital to the security of LAX, the second-busiest airport in the United States, and Van Nuys Regional Airport, one of the […] Read More »