L.A. Times reporter covering Los Angeles City Hall and other L.A.-related things. Ex-L.A. Weekly, Ex-Daily Breeze, ex cetera

Los Angeles, CA
Joined July 2012
When L.A. cut $150 million from the police budget, it was a big, symbolic moment. But behind the scenes, the city ramped up its practice of 'overtime banking' --having officers work hundreds of thousands of hours but not paying them for years, even decades latimes.com/california/story…
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Getting L.A. voters to create more politicians could be a tough sell, said @LevinsonJessica. But they would likely favor a cut in council members’ salaries, she added. “You have the bitter pill of adding more politicians and the sweetener of less pay” latimes.com/california/story…
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New: Prosecutors have charged a suspect with assault in an attack on a member of the media during a transgender rights protest outside a Los Angeles spa this summer, according to court records. Story w/ @JamesQueallyLAT: latimes.com/california/story…
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Lall said the city, which is frequently sued over its handling of homeless encampments, needs to stop “playing defense” in court. She also argued that L.A. needs its own health department to help those with mental health and substance issues latimes.com/california/story…
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Jessica Lall, the top executive at the downtown-based Central City Assn., announced this morning that she's running for mayor. She's now the most prominent female candidate running to replace Mayor Eric Garcetti
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Katrina Schmitt, a leader of the effort to oust Councilman Mike Bonin, accused Bonin's anti-recall committee of being "intentionally reckless" -- putting her name and home address on a campaign video and on Twitter latimes.com/california/story…
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Helping our breaking news team today = fire, fire and more fire... At least firefighters had a bit of good news: General Sherman (the largest tree in the world, our beloved giant sequoia that had to be wrapped in foil this week) is still safe and doing OK latimes.com/california/story…
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In the first eight months of 2021, L.A. recorded 1,218 robberies involving guns, an 18% increase over last year. The spike has been far more dramatic in the police divisions that patrol the Melrose shopping district and nearby areas, @LAcrimes reports latimes.com/california/story…
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Friday's announcement dealt yet another blow to recalls in California. Voters soundly rejected the one targeting Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday. Days later, the group looking to oust D.A. George Gascon pulled the plug on their own signature drive latimes.com/california/story…
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The #KNPComplex fire has reached the Giant Forest, an official just confirmed.
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Breaking: Two of @GavinNewsom's children test positive for Covid-19. Both Gov & First Partner, who were vaccinated, are negative..Full statement from governor's office: subscriber.politicopro.com/a…
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INBOX: The group that had been hoping to recall Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nithya Raman has halted its signature gathering drive, saying it isn't capable of collecting enough by the Nov. 4 deadline
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LA County is settling lawsuit brought by skateboarder who alleged he was bullied & kidnapped by deputy (& his partner) who two months later shot Andres Guardado. Skateboarder's atty says amount is $450K. Board of Supes still has to approve it Background: latimes.com/california/story…
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