Leon Panetta

Leon Panetta. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Interview: Monterey’s Leon Panetta On Public Service, Bin Laden, Congress Inaction

After spending 16 years in congress, along with stints as director of the Office of Management and Budget, White House Chief of Staff, CIA Director, and – most recently – Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta says it has been “a hell of a ride, as they say, for the son of Italian immigrants.”

04/02/2013

Santa Cruz police Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker (left) and detective Elizabeth Butler were shot and killed during an altercation with a suspect on February 26, 2013. (Santa Cruz Police Department)

Dropped Rape Cases Against Santa Cruz Gunman Highlight Military Issues

An Army official said this week there was not enough evidence to proceed with a rape prosecution against the man who killed two Santa Cruz police officers, fueling the debate over how the military investigates sex crimes.

03/15/2013

Santa Cruz police Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker (left) and detective Elizabeth Butler were shot and killed during an altercation with a suspect on February 26, 2013. (Santa Cruz Police Department)

Military Questioned Over Dropped Rape Case Against Santa Cruz Gunman

Sen. Barbara Boxer questioned Wednesday whether the military erred when it dropped rape charges and discharged a soldier who later shot and killed two police detectives in Santa Cruz.

03/13/2013

Leon Panetta. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Bay Area Lawyer For Military Women ‘Thrilled’ About Ending Combat Ban

A lawyer for four servicewomen who sued the U.S. Department of Defense for the right to have combat duty said in San Francisco Thursday that she and her clients are “thrilled” that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the lifting of the combat ban.

01/24/2013

Leon Panetta. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Defense Secretary Panetta Pays Fraction Of Commute To Monterey Home

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has commuted on military aircraft to his home in the Monterey area more than two dozen times since he took over in July, paying about $630 per trip for a roundtrip flight that costs the Pentagon about $32,000.

04/06/2012

United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

Panetta Addresses Libya Conflict In Visit To Monterey

The U.S. Secretary of Defense spoke at the Naval Postgraduate School and said he hopes the operation in Libya will end soon.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–08/24/2011

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Repeal Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Hailed By Bay Area Activists

Friday’s move to end the military’s 18-year-old ban on openly gay troops will help remove a tremendous burden from gay and lesbian members of the armed forces.

CBS San Francisco–07/22/2011

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Panetta Expected To Announce End Of Gay Military Ban

News of his decision comes two weeks after top military leaders agreed that repealing the 17-year-old ban will not hurt military readiness.

CBS San Francisco–07/21/2011

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