Paul Koretz
New enforcement tool for L.A. 'quality of life' issues proposed

Los Angeles could soon create a new system of police-issued citations for minor "quality of life" annoyances that typically would be resolved with a warning.   The pilot program, called Administrative Citation Enforcement, gives the LAPD  and the Department of Animal Services  a new enforcement tool that would bypass the court system. It would allow city officials to impose financial penalties for such offenses as urinating in public, having dogs off leashes at the beach or dumping garbage in public streets.  Officials said the proposal, which was approved by the City Council's budget committee Monday, is needed because warnings can be ignored...