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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.
Six years after overcharging fiasco, DWP's lawyer accused of double-dealing

The 2013 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power billing fiasco is sparking fresh controversy, this time centered on City Atty. Mike Feuer’s office and the role of an outside lawyer it hired to handle litigation stemming from the overcharges.

L.A. City Council OKs $800,000 settlement in lawsuit over fire marshal’s dismissal

The L.A. City Council approved a $800,000 settlement Wednesday in a lawsuit brought by John Vidovich, who was removed as fire marshal in 2016. The fire union urged the mayor's office to replace Vidovich.

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