Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times

Dakota Smith

Los Angeles Times

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Recent articles by Dakota:

L.A. on the Record: Renters are getting short shrift in the mayor's race, advocates say

The rent is too damn high! Advocates want more attention on renters in the mayor's race. → Read More

With Feuer out, Caruso, Bass, De León vie for the undecideds

Mike Feuer's departure from the L.A. mayor's race three weeks before voting ends leaves Karen Bass, Rick Caruso and Kevin de León vying for a large bloc of undecided voters. → Read More

Mike Feuer drops out L.A. mayor's race, endorses Karen Bass

The move comes less than a week after fellow candidate Joe Buscaino dropped out and endorsed Rick Caruso in the Los Angeles mayor's race. → Read More

L.A. on the Record: Let the mayoral ad wars begin

TV dominated the week in L.A. politics, with special interest groups throwing knives in ads, and coverage of Buscaino dropping out of the mayoral race. → Read More

Senate report: Garcetti 'likely knew or should have known'

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti was 'likely' aware of alleged sexual misconduct by aide Rick Jacobs, according to investigation by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). → Read More

L.A. City Hall is reopening after two years. But security will be tighter

Asked about the changes, an aide to Council President Nury Martinez said threats have been made to elected officials "at every level of government throughout the country." → Read More

Garcetti urges healing at Koreatown conference to commemorate L.A. riots

Three decades after the riots, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged a group gathered at a Wilshire Boulevard hotel in Koreatown "to build a city of belonging." → Read More

Feds seek 8 years in prison for former DWP general manager

David Wright, the former top executive at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, will be sentenced Monday in a federal corruption case. → Read More

L.A. mayor candidates are appealing to voters with faith

In a mayoral election where at least three candidates are Catholic, several contenders are introducing themselves to L.A. voters by talking about their faith. → Read More

Garcetti vows 'safer city' in final State of the City speech

Mayor Eric Garcetti pledges a clean, safe L.A. in his final State of the City speech, vowing to hire sanitation workers and help the homeless. → Read More

Poll: L.A. voters split on Garcetti's performance as mayor

L.A. voters are sharply divided over Mayor Eric Garcetti's job performance, a dynamic that is shaping the race to replace him. → Read More

Garcetti gave 'unintentionally blended numbers' on allegations involving advisor, rep says

Mayor Eric Garcetti's office said he gave "unintentionally blended numbers" when he told reporters that 40 people "under oath" have provided no "corroboration" of harassment allegations made against his former aide. → Read More

Los Angeles City Hall to reopen to the public on May 4

Los Angeles City Hall will reopen to the public May 4, city leaders announce. → Read More

City Council backs $3-million settlement for firefighters who alleged retaliation

The L.A. City Council voted to spend up to $3 million to settle a lawsuit by firefighters who alleged that they faced retaliation after reporting rushed and incomplete building inspections. → Read More

L.A. on the Record: The Garcetti factor in the L.A. mayor's race

When it comes to mayoral elections, candidates like to talk about how they'll do things differently than the current mayor. → Read More

Senators have questions for Garcetti. Here's what we know

Senators are reviewing L.A. mayor's testimony that he didn't know about alleged sexual harassment by a top advisor. Here's the evidence lawmakers may be considering. → Read More

Fight over Garcetti’s nomination intensifies amid expanding Senate probe

Mayor Garcetti's nomination to become ambassador to India faces doubts as a senator expands his probe into Garcetti's knowledge about alleged misconduct. → Read More

Another senator places a 'hold' on Garcetti's nomination

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said she has placed a "hold" on Mayor Eric Garcetti's Senate hearing on his nomination to become U.S. ambassador to India. → Read More

From Bass and Caruso, sharply divergent views of L.A. and how it should be run

Tuesday's L.A. mayoral debate spotlighted the sharply different messages of Karen Bass and Rick Caruso. → Read More

A report cleared Garcetti and advisor. Attorney for LAPD officer denounces the findings

A city-commissioned report sent to the U.S. Senate found no improper behavior by Mayor Eric Garcetti or a former key advisor. The lawyer for an LAPD officer suing the city attacked the credibility of the report. → Read More