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Recent articles by Dakota:

L.A. City Council set to vote on Ridley-Thomas suspension

The L.A. City Council is considering whether to suspend Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, a week after he was indicted on federal charges. → Read More

L.A. City Council president seeks to suspend Ridley-Thomas following indictment

Council members will hold a special session Wednesday to consider the suspension. If it's approved, Ridley-Thomas could see his salary cut off. → Read More

Ridley-Thomas to 'step back' but not leave L.A. City Council

Indicted L.A. Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas said he will "immediately step back" from council duties, but not resign his post. → Read More

Female firefighters call for LAFD chief's removal

Female firefighters and civil rights advocates on Monday called on LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas to resign following reports of abuse, harassment and retaliation of female firefighters at the department. → Read More

L.A. mandate looms, but fate of unvaccinated employees remains unclear

Los Angeles will soon require all city employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. But it remains unclear what will happen to those who refuse. → Read More

Villaraigosa endorses Karen Bass for L.A. mayor

Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa endorsed Rep. Karen Bass in her bid for mayor, saying, "I have never seen this city so dirty, so rudderless." → Read More

Ridley-Thomas indictment brings fresh uncertainty to an already unsettled City Hall

Already unsettled by the likely departure of the mayor, an upcoming election and a contentious redistricting process, the City Council must decide what to do about Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas. → Read More

Indictment against Mark Ridley-Thomas another blow to L.A. politics

The L.A. political world is stunned by Mark Ridley-Thomas indictment. → Read More

L.A. Mayor Garcetti in 'confirmation purgatory' as Biden's nominations stall

Mayor Eric Garcetti has been forced into a waiting game as Senate Republicans slow the confirmation process for President Biden's appointees. Garcetti was nominated in July to be U.S. Ambassador to India, but it's uncertain when his appointment will be heard by the Senate. → Read More

Rep. Karen Bass officially launches L.A. mayoral campaign

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass said Monday that she is running for mayor of Los Angeles. → Read More

L.A. mayor's race heats up, with a focus on the city's ills

With the election eight months away, voters are finally getting a clearer picture of the June 2022 contest to replace Mayor Eric Garcetti. → Read More

Rep. Karen Bass is planning a run for L.A. mayor in 2022, sources say

The addition of Rep. Karen Bass to the L.A. mayor's race would deliver another shakeup to a contest that had been a sleepy affair for much of the past year. → Read More

Female LAFD firefighters face hazing, retaliation, battalion chief testifies

Female firefighters face harassment and retaliation at the Los Angeles Fire Department, according to graphic testimony given at a fire commission meeting. → Read More

L.A. City Council cracks down protests, disruptive behavior

The L.A. City Council took several steps this week to crack down on disruptive protesters. → Read More

Candidates visit L.A. homeless encampments. Not everything goes according to plan

Political candidates are visiting neighborhoods with large homeless populations to lay out their plans to address the crisis. Activists aren't happy. → Read More

Firefighters sue over city of L.A.'s vaccine mandate

Firefighters sued L.A. over vaccine mandate for city employees. A group of LAPD officers earlier filed a similar lawsuit. → Read More

L.A. City Council tightens law around protests outside private homes

The L.A. City Council voted to limit protests outside residences, passing a law that lets targets and others seek fines from unlawful demonstrators. → Read More

Protesters disrupt celebration of L.A.'s civil rights office

More than a dozen protesters disrupted the celebration of a new office space for a Los Angeles city department that will investigate human rights complaints. → Read More

L.A. firefighters, police officers dig in heels over vaccination mandate

Los Angeles firefighters and police officers angry over City Hall's new requirement that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 have formed a group to fight the law. → Read More

L.A. proposal would limit protests at officials' homes

The L.A. City Council is considering a proposal to ban protests within 300 feet of officials' homes. → Read More