Erika D. Smith

columnist for the LA Times

Guest/Host

Erika D. Smith is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times writing about the diversity of people and places across California. She joined The Times in 2018 as an assistant editor and helped expand coverage of the state’s housing and homelessness crisis. She previously worked at the Sacramento Bee, where she was a columnist and editorial board member covering housing, homelessness and social justice issues. Before the Bee, Smith wrote for the Indianapolis Star and Akron Beacon Journal. She is a recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi award for column writing, a graduate of Ohio University and a native of the long-suffering sports town of Cleveland.

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Many LAPD officers who were found to have violated the department’s deadly force policies have not been disciplined, according to a report from the LAPD’s inspector general.

LAPD officers avoid discipline despite violating deadly force policies, report shows

Many LAPD officers who were found to have violated the department’s deadly force policies have not been disciplined, according to a report from the LAPD’s inspector general.

from Greater LA

LA city officials are responding to a rise in violent crime, and news headlines are painting a dramatic picture.

LA officials lean into view that crime’s up. Does data support it?

LA city officials are responding to a rise in violent crime, and news headlines are painting a dramatic picture.

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Van life for UCSB students, street medicine support, and beauty makeovers for unhoused Angelenos

UCSB classes are just two weeks away , and students are using words like “desperate” and “abandoned” to describe their search for housing.

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