Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times

Matt Hamilton

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Matt:

Two of Gavin Newsom's children test positive for coronavirus; the governor has not

Two of Gov. Gavin Newsom's four children have tested positive for the coronavirus, the governor's office said Friday. → Read More

Emigrant fire erupts near Castaic, forcing closures on Interstate 5

The Emigrant fire was reported just after 1:30 p.m. Friday near Pyramid Lake and has burned over 180 acres near Castaic, near the Angeles National Forest. → Read More

Before a 4-year-old boy’s killing, authorities wavered on rescuing him

Noah Cuatro's life and tragic death offer a sobering window into how race, cultural sensitivity and trust collided inside the agency. → Read More

'The worst thing that happens in the system is a child dying' Talking with L.A.'s DCFS director

A spate of child fatalities in the Antelope Valley — Gabriel Fernandez, Anthony Avalos and Noah Cuatro — has led to calls in recent years for more resources in the underserved region. → Read More

Wayne Hughes, self-storage titan and USC megadonor, dead at 87

Hughes' epic rise from sharecropper’s son to the largest donor in USC history testified to the promise of post-war Los Angeles. → Read More

Amid worsening drought, Lake Oroville's record-low water level forces shutdown of hydroelectric power plant

California water officials have shut down of a major hydroelectric powerplant at Lake Oroville in Northern California, citing the lowest-ever recorded water level. → Read More

L.A. County court will fire employees who don't get vaccinated after full FDA approval

Los Angeles County's Superior Court tells employees they must get vaccinated once a coronavirus vaccine receives full FDA approval or face termination. → Read More

Trump ally Thomas Barrack to be released on $250-million bail

Thomas Barrack, also a prominent L.A. investor, awaits trial on charges of obstruction of justice and acting as an agent of the United Arab Emirates. → Read More

Tom Barrack, L.A. billionaire and Trump ally, charged with acting as agent of UAE

Chair of Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee is arrested in California on charges that he and others conspired to influence U.S. foreign policy to benefit the United Arab Emirates. → Read More

Man climbs atop Knott's Berry Farm tower, drawing police to O.C. amusement park

A shirtless man scaled a tower that stands over 300 feet at Knott's Berry Farm on Saturday night, drawing police and emergency responders to the Orange County amusement park. → Read More

Emails show Tom Girardi's sway at California state bar

While working as a watchdog for the public, Tom Layton spent hours advancing the interests and political connections of one lawyer with a long record of misconduct complaints, emails obtained by The Times show. → Read More

State fines L.A. County Superior Court for safety violations during COVID-19 pandemic

After COVID-19 outbreaks and the deaths of at least four people who worked in Los Angeles County courthouses, California's workplace safety agency plans to fine the local court system more than $25,000 for multiple violations. → Read More

Thacher School sex misconduct report stirs rage in Ojai

A report has excavated open secrets and long-buried trauma at the exclusive Thacher School, concluding it failed to protect its students. → Read More

Decades of sexual abuse, misconduct allegations roil exclusive Ojai boarding school

The allegations of misconduct and inappropriate "boundary crossing" at the Thacher School date to the 1980s. → Read More

Tom Girardi complaints were mishandled, state bar admits

The State Bar of California acknowledged that its investigators had mishandled years of complaints against legal titan and "Real Housewives" cast member Tom Girardi, who is accused of stealing clients' settlement money. → Read More

Vandal hurls concrete slab at L.A. synagogue, prompting LAPD investigation

Security camera footage released to local media by Young Israel of Century City synagogue on Pico Boulevard showed a man about 1 a.m. throwing a concrete slab at the building. → Read More

Essential California: A mass shooting in San Jose

At a San Jose light rail yard, a gunman killed nine people. Here's what we know about California's deadliest mass shooting this year. → Read More

For Tom Girardi victims, 'Real Housewives' riches add to pain

Clients who have accused Tom Girardi of misconduct will be tracking the new season of 'Real Housewives,' hoping for evidence to bolster their case. → Read More

The ‘Real Housewife’ under real scrutiny: Erika Girardi and the hunt for the missing millions

Bankruptcy trustees have accused the reality star of concealing assets for her husband and are dispatching investigators to comb through her belongings and accounts. → Read More

For USC women, largest-ever sex abuse payout leaves bitterness, vast disparities

USC’s $1.1 billion settlements to former patients of Dr. George Tyndall was the largest sex-abuse payout in education history. Behind the numbers lies a lopsided economic landscape. → Read More