Dakota Smith

LA Times reporter covering City Hall and the mayor’s office

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LA City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas faces 20 federal charges of conspiracy, bribery, mail, and wire fraud — all connected to an alleged scheme with Marilyn Louise Flynn, the former…

Mark Ridley-Thomas indictment will shock nonprofit world and homelessness advocates, says City Council reporter

LA City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas faces 20 federal charges of conspiracy, bribery, mail, and wire fraud — all connected to an alleged scheme with Marilyn Louise Flynn, the former…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In a city council committee hearing on Wednesday, there was a heated debate over whether to keep Billy the elephant at the LA Zoo.

Celebrities fight over elephant's fate at the LA Zoo

In a city council committee hearing on Wednesday, there was a heated debate over whether to keep Billy the elephant at the LA Zoo.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

News recently surfaced that Joe Bray-Ali made offensive comments about black people, overweight people, and trans people getting gender reassignment surgery.

The rise and (fast) fall of LA City Council candidate Joe Bray-Ali

News recently surfaced that Joe Bray-Ali made offensive comments about black people, overweight people, and trans people getting gender reassignment surgery.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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Andrew Cockburn brilliantly documents the motivations behind the U.S. military’s war lust in his new book, “Spoils of War.”

from Scheer Intelligence

Secretary of State Shirley Weber said the total cost of the special election could exceed $300 million.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

You could soon see more pet food, beverages and lotions with CBD in them in your local store aisles.

from KCRW Features

Before he co-created the hit show “Empire,” writer Danny Strong won accolades for two HBO movies based on real events.

from The Business

Josh, Liz, Sean and Amy talk about President Joe Biden’s economic problems and redistricting ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

from Left, Right & Center

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from Members

Lester Solis was a junior at Belmont High School in Los Angeles when the pandemic caused his mother to lose her job and him to work full-time at Home Depot in addition to going to…

from Greater LA

In the California recall election, Gov. Gavin Newsom crushed the opposition 64 to 36, though votes are still being counted as of noon on Wednesday.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Political leaders in LA are now turning to the race for LA’s next mayor and the candidates so far include Kevin de León, Joe Buscaino, Mike Feuer, and Jessica Lall.

from Greater LA