Dakota Smith

investigative journalist for the LA Times

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Reporter for the LA Times.

Dakota Smith on KCRW

A new scandal involving the Department of Water and Power and the office of LA City Attorney Mike Feuer might cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars.

Corruption and greed: Unveiling LADWP’s years-long scandal

A new scandal involving the Department of Water and Power and the office of LA City Attorney Mike Feuer might cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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

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