LAPD chief Charlie Beck's overtures toward illegal immigrants "have made him a lightning rod for criticism, even from some of his own police officers. But they have also established Beck as a forceful national voice for a more restrained approach to illegal immigration, a high-profile counterpoint to hard-liners like [Arizona] Sheriff Joseph Arpaio." LAT
City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana urged the City Council to follow through on more than 200 employee job cuts tabled earlier this year and recommended including 50 assistant city attorneys on the list. LAT, DN, LA Weekly
A surfer killed by a shark off Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base on Tuesday is 13th fatal shark attack in California waters since 1950, and the second in two years at this beach. A great white shark is suspected. LAT, Ventura County Star
The Board of Supervisors has the legal authority to establish either an Office of Inspector General or an independent oversight commission to monitor county jails, the county's lead attorney said. City News Service
After three years of steady decline, hate crimes in Los Angeles County rose 15% last year, due in part to an increase in white supremacist and street gang incidents, officials will report today. LAT
Singer Bobby Brown was arrested in Tarzana Wednesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, his second such arrest in the San Fernando Valley this year, police said. City News Service
Barnes & Noble said Wednesday that the tampering of devices used by customers to swipe credit and debit cards in 63 of its stores was a "sophisticated criminal effort" to steal information. AP
Memorial Services for Paul Orduna, the LAFD's first African-American assistant fire chief, are Saturday at 1 p.m. at the African-American Firefighter Museum, 1401 Central Avenue.