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Dakota Smith

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Reporter for the LA Times.

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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

The LA City Ethics Commission says it cannot confirm or deny whether there will be an investigation of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, after an official endorsement went out yesterday of…

A Mayoral Endorsement Flap

The LA City Ethics Commission says it cannot confirm or deny whether there will be an investigation of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, after an official endorsement went out yesterday of…

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