Dakota Smith

Dakota Smith covers Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Hall for the city-county bureau. She joined the Los Angeles Times in 2016 and previously covered City Hall for the Los Angeles Daily News. She is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College and lives in Los Angeles.
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More sidewalk tents, but fewer people living in them? The 2018 homeless count's new math

The 2018 homeless count found more tents, more cars and more vans on the street than the year before, but the homeless authority said there were fewer people living on the street.

Hundreds of customers are still without power as hot and angry Angelenos fume at the DWP

Tens of thousands of people lost electricity as Los Angeles baked in scorching heat last weekend, leaving many residents fuming as they went days without power. Some complained that the utility gave them scant information.