Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times

Dakota Smith

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Dakota:

Consulting firm accuses city of L.A. of concealing evidence in DWP billing case

Consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is seeking at least $8 million from the city of Los Angeles over what it alleges was the city's efforts to conceal documents and other evidence during legal proceedings. → Read More

L.A. cuts LAPD spending, taking police staffing to its lowest level in 12 years

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to cut hiring at the police department, pushing the number of sworn officers well below 10,000 and abandoning a budget priority once seen as untouchable by city leaders. → Read More

L.A. could pay thousands of city workers up to $80,000 to retire

The Los Angeles City Council is poised to offer thousands of city employeescash payouts to retire, part of a major effort to cut costs during a financial crisis. → Read More

Garcetti under fire for handling of police brutality protests

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has been criticized by an array of groups over his handling of the recent protests, with pushback unseen during his seven years leading the city. → Read More

LAX will try thermal cameras to spot travelers with COVID-19

Thermal cameras are the latest technology being tested to battle COVID-19 at Los Angeles International Airport. → Read More

Unarmed specialists, not LAPD, would handle mental health, substance abuse calls under proposal

Several L.A. City Council members called for a new emergency-response model that uses trained specialists, rather than LAPD officers, to respond to calls for service not related to violence. → Read More

L.A. activists present 'People's Budget' to City Council

Activists told L.A. City Council members they have an opening to move money away from the LAPD and into mental health counseling, gang intervention and other areas. → Read More

Callers to City Hall demand big cuts from the LAPD

Los Angeles city budget hearings typically draw the usual collection of business, labor and nonprofit group leaders, who weigh in on tree-trimming expenses, new bicycle lanes and the cost of feeding the animals in the city's zoo. → Read More

George Floyd protests: LAPD union calls mayor unstable

The union representing L.A. police officers criticized Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday after he called police officers "killers" and said officers had lost confidence in him to lead the city. → Read More

Growing the LAPD was gospel at City Hall. George Floyd changed that.

Growing the LAPD was gospel at City Hall. George Floyd changed that. → Read More

Protests intensify activists' desire to slash LAPD budget

Progressive activists want the City Council to slash spending at the LAPD. The past week of protests against police brutality, and the LAPD's response, have intensified the debate over police spending at City Hall. → Read More

L.A. protesters explain why they hit the streets

Thousands of demonstrators swarmed the Fairfax District on Saturday, protesting the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. → Read More

George Floyd protests: L.A. hit by unrest not seen in decades

The unrest in L.A. has some longtime residents recalling the violence that took place in 1992 after four LAPD officers were acquitted in the Rodney King beating. → Read More

L.A. turns to National Guard, curfew as violence, looting escalate

The last time the National Guard patrolled the streets of L.A. was during the 1992 riots, which erupted after the police officers who beat Rodney King were found not guilty. → Read More

As looters hit the Grove mall, a security guard begs them to stop: 'We’re one of you'

As looters hit the Grove mall, a security guard pleads them to stop: 'We’re one of you' → Read More

Beverly Hills, West Hollywood prepare for protest, impose curfews

Beverly Hills, West Hollywood prepare for protests → Read More

Protesters march toward Beverly Hills demanding justice

George Floyd protesters march toward Beverly Hills, demand justice → Read More

Garcetti, Martinez call on L.A. City Councilman Huizar to resign

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Nury Martinez called on Councilman Jose Huizar to resign amid an ongoing federal investigation into a City Hall "pay-to-play" scandal. Huizar has not been charged. → Read More

Despite a budget crisis, L.A. officials give new bonuses to officers with college degrees

LAPD officers with college degrees have begun receiving a new education bonus, even as civilian city employees are targeted for furloughs. → Read More

L.A. Council president calls for Huizar, a focus of FBI probe, to stop attending meetings

Jose Huizar said he will 'limit my participation' on the L.A. City Council to avoid being a 'distraction.' But the details are still being worked out, he said. → Read More