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Adam Elmahrek

Adam Elmahrek is an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He started his journalism career in 2010 at the nonprofit news website Voice of OC, where he broke award-winning stories that exposed corruption in municipal government around Orange County. In 2013, he uncovered a land swap between a powerful local politician and a government contractor that led to federal and local criminal investigations. Since joining The Times in 2016, he has written about political consultants paid with public money to read news stories, and a government official who made hundreds of thousands of dollars by falling headfirst into a wall. He also exposed the failings of a public corruption task force that accomplished little before it collapsed.
City of Commerce officials' bad blood led to brawl at desert resort

Reports of a violent clash between local officials at a California Contract Cities Assn. convention are under investigation.

Would this California town have become so pro-cannabis if not for a councilwoman's pot industry ties?

Lynwood Councilwoman Aide Castro has worked as a consultant for a number of marijuana businesses she hasn't disclosed on her state financial forms, including Weedmaps. Recently, she reported she co-owns two pot manufacturing businesses.

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